One of my very favorite breweries in Albuquerque is La Cumbre. We have known Jeff, the owner, for many years. We just don’t get to that part of the city very often. I was glad that we went on a Friday so we could also check out the food truck, Umami Moto for lunch.
Kimchi had a large presence on the menu. This is always a good sign. We are kimchi fanatics and are on the look out for it. So the kimchi caught my eye as did the sweet potato tots(3 for small).
I was originally going to order the street noodle curry but it had brisket(10.99). I explained that I was a vegetarian and Jae thought that the Korean Burrito wouldn’t taste like beef. Most of the other dishes I thought I could order without beef but she said that the dish would taste like beef. No thanks. I was glad I asked. That was really good to know. This is why we didn’t order ahead of time. Umami Moto makes it easy to order on their website but I had questions. I want to know what all my options are.
Korean Burrito(9) had kimchi fried rice, carrots(personal favorite)and daikon radish, cilantro, onion napa and some cheese. Jae suggested the tofu. I’m not a big fan of tofu but thought what the heck. It was incredible. Even the tofu was wonderful. That is rare.
We also ordered the seared tuna BLT Ahi tuna sandwich (12.99)with kimchi. Your other choices of a side were fries or tots. Of course, there was no choice, the kimichi was it. This too, was a feast. The tuna was perfectly cooked.
While we waited for our food, we walked into La Cumbre. I asked for a taste of the Kolsch and the Helles Lager. I decided on the lager. We also ordered an Acclimated APA. For the two pints of beer, it was 11 dollars. The bartenders are always very accommodating and nice. This place always has a cool vibe along with incredible beer.
We took our beers to the tent outside. Shortly, Jae came with our food. Wow! I was glad that I had forgotten all about the sweet potato tots. Next time…
Kimchi fans, this food truck knocked it out of the park. This kimchi was some of the best I have eaten. Anywhere.
I talked to Jae and told her how much we loved the kimchi. She said that they were trying to figure out how to distribute the kimchi without it losing the unique flavor. She also told me that Umami Moto is at Ex Novo on Sundays. Ex Novo is in Corrales a little bit closer for us than Albuquerque.
We came after the lunch hour rush. Several people were in the large tent with us and many more were inside La Cumbre.
La Cumbre Brewing hours are Sunday-Thursday 12-11pm and Friday and Saturday 12-12pm. The Eastside La Cumbre Brewing is located at 3313 Girard Blvd. Albuquerque. Phone: 505 872-0225
Umami Moto’s Food Truck at La Cumbre hours are: Friday 12 to 8pm This link will provide you with the entire schedule .