The Lowdown on Komodo in Miami, FL

Miami is a city known for its glitz, glam, expensive drinks, ridiculously priced beach chairs, and a scene that lives on until the late mornings of the week. No matter what big city you go to in the US, there’s bound to be a place where everyone in the “scene” goes to eat, hangout, and be “seen.”

For Miami, that place is Komodo located at 801 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131- simply put it is a high-end Southeast Asian eatery for plate sharing and drinking with your friends that don’t mind paying $17 for a drink or $45 for a piece of cod. It is a multilevel space owned by Dave Grutman who is also the owner of Liv, Planta, and other Miami staples that are also very scene-y. Komodo features a lounge upstairs that you’ll rarely see in use but is decked out with the latest speakers, DJ booth, and couches. Depending on what type of person you are will determine whether or not you’ll enjoy the ambiance of this spot. If you are desperately looking to insert yourself into the said scene, or want to simply feel what it’s like to live a bougie life, book a reservation far in advance because it gets packed here, especially on weekend nights. 

When should I visit?

If you have a special occasion coming up, like a birthday, bachelorette party, or anniversary, Komodo is a good choice. However, I definitely wouldn’t come here with your family on a Saturday night to celebrate your little brother’s birthday. The vibe is not family-friendly, and I can almost assure you will feel out of place. The music is loud and sometimes obnoxious, and the activities you see going on are what a pre-club dinner looks like in Vice City. 

What should I order?

Our favorite dishes on their menu include:

  • Shrimp toast with chili sauce
  • Singapore cereal prawns with cornflakes, curry, and chili
  • Salmon tacos with truffle oil, avocado, and eel sauce
  • King crab
  • Mushroom dumplings with shaved truffle and truffle aioli
  • Komodo sushi roll with enoki, shiitake, and truffle 
  • Crispy onion tuna sashimi
  • Chilean seabass with shaved truffle and mushroom dashi
  • Mushroom lo mein truffle and parmesan
  • Sweet potato with wasabi butter, gold leaves, and truffle
Dessert on fire 🙂

From the above list, I’m sure you can see how much truffle they like to sprinkle into virtually every dish on their menu. We are not sure if they want to complement these foods with truffle or if they are simply trying to make everything seem more expensive and bougie. Regardless, the food here is undeniably delicious and we’ve never been too disappointed with anything we’ve ordered. The service, however, is a different story. You’d think at an expensive spot like this you’d get treated with good service but that’s actually not the case. The servers here are pretty snobby and non-attentive, which could be the byproduct of their automatic 18% gratuity charge. Don’t come here is you are a service snob because you’ll be leaving very disappointed.

All in all, Komodo is a spot to go to if you want to be seen, but that doesn’t mean the food isn’t delicious. The food is great but the service and snobby scene lower our score of Komodo, leaving it at a 3.5 

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