Mar 1, 2018

Asian sensation: Miami’s epic, 300-seat restaurant Komodo serves souped-up versions of familiar favorites, and more

If you happen to need yet another reason to visit Miami’s booming Brickell neighborhood, then the pan-Asian hotspot Komodo is it. Spanning three stories and decked out with abstracted bamboo-like pillars, suspended red ceiling panels and inviting crescent-shaped booths, this contemporary ode to the Orient packs a strong visual punch.

Owned by hospitality impresario David Grutman. Komodo still boasts a playful Miami flair. It should come as no surprise that libations are a heavy hitter. A handcrafted cocktail menu, leaning towards exotic fruity flavors, is served from four different bars and ideally enjoyed out on the terrace in birds’ nest-like treehouse seating.

Gastronomy-wise, Komodo’s menu of small plates is just as festive. Drawing inspiration from Chinese, Thai and Japanese cuisines, the menu is filled with jazzed up iterations of recognizable favorites. From miso Chilean seabass skewers and hoisin duck lettuce wraps to truffle honey salmon sashimi rolls, salt cod and blood orange dumplings, larger dishes like Hong Kong grilled lobster and the house’s signature Peking Duck, the real challenge here is choosing what to eat. Our advice: bring friends.

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