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Kooma- West Chester, PA

Gyoza, steamed dumplings at Kooma.

Kooma is an amazing little sushi/Asian fusion restaurant  located on 151 West Gay Street in West Chester, PA.

For those of you unfamiliar with West Chester, it’s located about 25 miles west of Philadelphia and is a great borough to hang out in, but more importantly, to grab some grub. It’s actually a place my friends and I spent many a nights out in when I lived in the area. I even got one of my tattoos at Xtreme Ink, which is just down the street from Kooma. One very random fact about West Chester, is that you might even have a celebrity sighting of Bam Margera. I personally have never seen him, but it is just one of those things that may randomly pop up should you decide to visit. The range of people that live and hang out in West Chester really varies from young professionals, music-goers, to families and everyone in between. There is something for everyone, especially at Kooma!

“Finding Chances” tattoo done at Xtreme Ink.

Tattoo done in West Chester at Xtreme Ink.

My friends Tracey and Jake took me for a night out at Kooma with their little girl Bella. One may think that a four year old would never eat anything at this type of restaurant that features everything from raw sushi, to barely cooked beef, to dishes with Thai flavors. This little girl was a powerhouse and ate just as much as one of us, if not more. She tried everything at the table and barely came up for air.

We started off with drinks, which were your normal cocktails, but what I was most intrigued about was the kiddie cup of juice that was given to Bella. It’s really not anything outrageous, but so simple and absolutely gratifying.

Bella at Kooma with her impromptu kiddie cup of juice.

We then ordered plates of the Beef Tataki which is just very quickly seared beef served with a ponzu sauce. It’s basically raw and Bella chowed down an entire plate of it. I thoroughly enjoyed it too!

We also got a plate of the Gyoza which was steamed dumplings and they were perfectly balanced and delicious.

Beef Tataki, lightly seared and deliciously raw served with a dipping sauce.

Bella excelling with her kiddie chopsticks.


Bella chowing down on her Beef Tataki.

For dinner each of us got something a bit different. Jake settled on the Pad Thai which was pretty rockin’ and his favorite thing to order at Kooma. I tried some and thought it was absolutely delicious, but he’s never had Chez Siam‘s Basil Pad Thai from Marlborough, MA which is my absolute favorite comfort food that I cannot figure out how to make.

Jake also ordered an Engine #6 roll which has asparagus, shrimp tempura and was topped with spicy tuna. I thought this roll was out of this world yummy and helped him polish off half of it.

Engine #6 Roll courtesy of Kooma.

I ended up getting the Sweet Beef Stonepot which was a combination of sweet and saucy beef with mushrooms, udon noodles and onions all served in a fire heated stonepot. I thought it was pretty good, not nearly as good as everything else we were eating, but Bella once again surprised me and chowed down most of the beef and all the really awesome slurpy noodles.

Sweet Beef Stonepot at Kooma with onions, mushrooms and udon noodles.

We finished our meal off with the Ginger Ice Cream which was deep fried in tempura and served with kiwi, chocolate and caramel sauces.

Fried Ginger Ice Cream with kiwi, chocolate and caramel sauces. A delicious end to a great meal!

We definitely had a great night out with impeccable service and extremely full bellies. Definitely a place to try something a bit different and have an unforgettable night out with friends.

Written by Tarte Chic

Author Kat Nielsen (formerly Kat Wojtylak) is a creative type with an immense love for food. She maintains a day job handling marketing and brand support to various companies while enjoying her evenings and weekends writing recipes and blogging all about her culinary experiences.

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