The very best-grossing restaurant in the USA in 2022, Komodo in Miami, opens quickly in Dallas. The bar, restaurant and lounge is anticipated to make a splashy debut on April 7, 2023 on the Epic growth in Dallas close to downtown and Deep Ellum.
Komodo is a two-story, 22,500-square-foot big. The Miami unique, the one which introduced in $41 million in gross sales in 2022, is 5,500 sq. ft smaller. We’re not doing that larger factor in Texas, however ours is larger.
Founder David Grutman describes the Southeast Asian menu as “the Marco Polo of the Spice Highway.” Dishes embrace dumplings, shareable snacks and appetizers, sashimi, sushi rolls, and entrees like Korean fried rooster ($29), crab lo mein ($56), and quick rib with gochujang ($98).
The star of the menu is the Peking duck, says Grutman. For $105, a desk can share duck brined for 4 hours with 5 spices, dipped in pink vinegar and hung to dry for 24 hours. Served with cucumber, scallion pancakes, and hoisin, it is company chef Ryan Lithgow’s favourite dish of the unique Komodo.
A lot of the Miami menu is accessible in Texas, however the cooks expanded the meat choice. As a result of Texas. The steaks come from Wagyu Glorious in Midlothian or from Japan, and prospects can select cuts with the wowza label shock. The Eight-ounce steak is $62, however a flight of Japanese Wagyu may price as a lot as $600.
The founder is a fan of Grutman’s Pastrami Eggrolls ($26) served with entire grain Chinese language mustard. “I am a Jewish man who loves pastrami,” he says. He realized it was one of many best-selling dishes on the Miami restaurant, although he is again on the Texas menu, in search of redemption.
Please and thanks, Grutman would recognize it should you would give it a attempt.
Two dishes distinctive to Texas are Szechuan Texas quail and Chinese language BBQ spare ribs.
For cocktails, Komodo’s company director of drinks, Haunah Klein, added Ranch Water for the primary time. Different drinks embrace a prickly pear margarita and a Dr Pepper-inspired Outdated Model. The spot is greatest identified in Miami for its ginger ardour mule and for a tequila-ginger bush cocktail and wasabi served in a Pikachu mug, Klein says. Each can be found on the Dallas restaurant.
Guests to Komodo could also be tempted to drink slightly than bask in dessert, however company pastry chef Tiffany Pascua’s candy treats are too fairly to move up. The molten miso cake “blooms” when dropped at the desk, as a result of the coral-colored chocolate begins to soften on prime of the nice and cozy lava cake within the middle. Different desserts embrace a banana cheesecake, sticky caramel chocolate pudding, and a glass case full of matcha donuts accompanied by a “tower” of toppings like berry and caramel coulis.
Komodo’s two-story patio overlooks Harper’s and La Neta, two vibrant venues, the place diners can ping-pong each other. Komodo is washed in moody reds and colourful wallpaper designed by New York agency ICRAVE. The second ground, which isn’t but completed, will develop into a lounge and a gazebo in a triangular courtyard.
Bottle service is accessible for many who need it, but it surely’s not the one late-night possibility, says Grutman: “We’ll do bottle service the place you need it. In order for you a bottle within the lavatory, we’ll give it to you.”
He is kidding. Consider. (The unisex lavatory, lined with flowing curtains, does appears like a spot somebody may wish to drink.)
Grutman’s Groot Hospitality firm features a resort and restaurant with Pharrell Williams and a steakhouse with Dangerous Bunny. Grutman plans to open a 3rd Komodo, in Las Vegas, this winter.
Discuss of opening Komodo in Dallas started 5 years in the past, making this debut a very long time coming.
“We did our homework in Dallas,” says Grutman. He is already contemplating the place in Dallas he ought to open a second idea.
Komodo can be at 2550 Pacific Ave. (at The Epic), Dallas. It’s anticipated to open on April 7, 2023. Reservations by way of Seven Rooms can be found now. Closed Monday.