Hi guys! This week I’m back with a new restaurant recommendation. I know I said I was going to focus more on saving money, but I needed to satisfy my deep craving for ramen. And, to be honest, with this weather lately, I have been dreaming about this bowl of ramen for weeks now.
Ni-Komé Sushi + Ramen is unconventional in a lot of ways. Firstly, it’s located downtown in the Fareground, which if you don’t already know, is Austin’s first food hall. It’s one of six award-winning restaurants in the Fareground, which has cuisines ranging from Mexican to Southern to Japanese. (Side note: It’s a great place to go when no one in your group can agree on where/what to eat!)
Ni-Komé is also the combination of two local Austin restaurants: award-winning Komé Sushi Kitchen and its sister restaurant Daruma Ramen. Because of this pairing, Ni-Komé offers a diverse selection of both sushi and ramen options. I’ve tried both their sushi and ramen, and the ramen is what really stands out to me. Fun fact: it’s made with whole chicken broth as opposed to traditional pork bone broth, so it offers a different, lighter flavor in comparison to traditional ramen. I’ve tried two or three of their ramen options, and my favorite by far is their miso ramen.
A combination of both miso and chicken broth, their miso ramen is filled with shredded chicken, aji-tama (marinated soft-boiled egg), bean sprouts, negi (green onion), chili threads, and chili oil. It’s so so good– the perfect combination of savory and spicy. I always order mine with extra noodles because #carbs. That being said, my favorite part of this ramen is how light it is while still being extremely filling.
Popular Austin-based food and restaurant blogger, A Taste of Koko aka Jane Ko, also talks about this in her post about Ni-Komé (see below). She responded to a follower’s comment saying Ni-Komé’s chicken based broth is lighter in comparison to other local traditional ramen shops.
Definitely stop by this place while the weather is still chilly out! Make sure to check out my other posts as well as my Instagram and Facebook page. And let me know if you guys try Ni-Komé or if you have any recs for places I should try next.
See you in my next post.
111 Congress Ave, $$, ni-kome.com
Cousins Properties. (n.d.). Fareground. Retrieved from https://faregroundaustin.com/
Ni Komé. (n.d.). Ni-Komé Sushi Ramen. Retrieved from https://www.ni-kome.com/
Ko, J. (n.d.). A Taste of Koko. Retrieved from https://www.atasteofkoko.com/
Ko, J. [@atasteofkoko]. (2018, November 8). [Photograph of Ni-Komé’s Ramen]. Retrieved from https://www.instagram.com/p/BqBl-k4H_i_/