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Posted by DID 4 Jun 2014 4 Comments

The Northgate Park listserve sings the praises of this catch-all Asian restaurant on Roxboro. Koumi is offering Thai, Vietnamese, sushi, hibachi and more. It’s a drive-through, an order at the counter joint with a sushi bar and really friendly table service. It’s grab-and-go $7 entrees and $14 inventive sushi rolls. Usually a place that tries to do so much ends up doing everything poorly. Koumi is the exception to this rule.

I was skeptical when we walked in and faced an eager lady ready to take our order and an overhead menu that felt like it had some 300 items (just a slight exaggeration).

We ordered a Vietnamese Vermicelli (bun) with beef (they were out of pork), egg rolls, a spicy tuna roll, wasabi roll, jalapeño roll (tuna, cilantro, jalapeño), a tropical roll and two thai iced teas. Everything was excellent.

The spicy tuna was a large hunk of fresh tuna and the best I’ve had in Durham. The vermicelli was a large bowl filled with noodles, lettuce, cucumber, scallions, bean sprouts, peanuts, fish sauce and slices of grilled beef. It was fresh, great and at just $7.95 , a good deal. The egg rolls were the small Vietnamese style filled with large shrimp and fried crisp. The rolls rivaled those at any of the fancier sushi spots in town. Koumi is offering the usual half off/buy one-get one deal.

The Thai iced tea (free refills) was a welcome relief with the wasabi and jalapeño roll. The service is friendly and attentive. The only negative I have of Koumi is that the atmosphere could use a little work – the TV’s were on full volume on the Food Network and the ordering from a lit menu is difficult with such a large selection of options. I recommend taking a look at the menu on their site before going in for the first time or heading to the drive-thru window.

In addition to the taquerias and Pelican’s, Koumi is one more reason to venture down Roxboro.

3550 N. Roxboro St.
Durham, NC 27704


  • Div said:

    I’m obsessed with the bun and the pad thai is pretty good too. The drive through is super convenient and pretty fast. I disagree about the bun–not as good as Saigon Grill, but their service has gotten so terrible that it’s not really worth it anymore.


  • Lee said:

    Found Koumi on Roxboro after a day at Museum of Life and Science with a large group and it was awesome. There was something for everyone on the menu. Everything was delicious and fast and for a great price. Highly recommended.


  • Dan said:

    Tried Koumi after seeing the review here. IT WAS GREAT. We got there 15 minutes before closing on Sunday and ordered the Vietnamese vermecelli with spring rolls and Pho. Everything was fresh, hot, and cooked perfectly. The order-at-the-front-and-have-it-served-to-you-with-very-attentive-staff model works really well here, at Pompieri, and at BCBB.
    The sushi on the second visit was great too, and easily rivaled any offerings in Durham.


  • MarkyMark said:

    I was skeptical entering Koumi as there was a LOT of choices. I lived in Japan for 2 years and have visited Thailand numerous times.

    After surveying the large menu, I had the Bun Bo Nuong and it was amazing. Also had chicken satay. Very moist and good.

    My wife had the fresh spring rolls where were very good.

    Thai iced tea have FREE refills and they serve Export 33 beer!!!!

    This place ROCKs. If you don’t go you miss out. I’m definitely going back.

    Best Pho in Durham….. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

    DON’t MISS IT. The owner is GREAT.


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