"Dragon" Maki, dumplings, and sushi — oh my!
It's no secret that the Sunshine State's eats scene is bursting with flavor. From succulent southern cookin' that'll warm your soul to a veritable melting pot of ethnic flair, you're sure to find something to satisfy every type of foodie in your friend group here. If you're a fan of Asian food, Miami restaurant Komodo definitely deserves a spot on your bites bucket list.
You'll find Komodo on the corner of Brickell Ave and Carlos Arboleya Boulevard next to a parking garage. While the white-clad exterior may feel pretty unassuming, just wait until you find your way inside.
From the lush plant life, braided wicker looking accents of the bird's nest seating, and dangling twinkle lights, to glowing red "sushi boats" that hang over tables and column supports that look like some mystical trees you might find in James Cameron's hit film Avatar, everything about this place screams sleek and magical.
But vibes aside, you'll also find an array of good eats here. The menu features southeastern Asian fare with a touch of familiar fusion that will tantalize your taste buds.
Sushi lovers will feel right at home with sashimi, nigiri, and maki featuring a selection of fresh fish options from yellowfin tuna to Canadian king salmon, salmon belly, amberjack, and yellowtail. You'll also find a variety of other seafood dishes here, such as a garlic king crab lo-mein.
But if sushi and seafood don't sing to your palate, you'll also find bites like Wagyu skirt steaks, Korean fried chicken, grilled Szechuan beef, pecking duck, and dumplings, as well as small plates like Thai beef jerky, pork sticky ribs, grilled peppers, and veggie spring rolls.
If you bring your sweetie on a date here, you're definitely going to want to save room for dessert.
You can keep your flavors fruity with a berry compote-topped vanilla crème anglaise Japanese Cheesecake, or indulge your sweet tooth on something chocolatey like the Chocolate Miso Crème Brûlée — or just get the dessert platter if you can't decide.
Komodo will reopen their doors for dining in on September 22, so if you've been bored of your usual digs, a road trip to try this spot out might just be worth it in the near future.
Cuisine: Southeastern Asian-fusion dishes
Address: 801 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL
Why You Need To Go: This spot has some seriously dreamy decor that'll transport you to an indoor urban jungle oasis. While you enjoy the vibes, you can also chow down on delicious Asian food with a little fusion flair.