Following the influx of more outsider nightlife spots to Deep Ellum (think Bottled Blonde from Arizona and forthcoming Punch Bowl Social from Denver), a clubby “Asian fusion” restaurant from Miami has also set its sights on the neighborhood.
Komodo will debut at Deep Ellum’s western border with Downtown in the forthcoming Epic building, according to CultureMap. For those who have somehow missed it, Epic is the flashy new glass-clad high-rise office complex currently under construction at the corner of Good Latimer and Pacific Avenue. From the same guy behind two other Miami clubs, Komodo will reportedly take up a massive 20,000 square-feet of space for the interior lounge-dining room and another 2,500 square-foot for a patio.
Details on its Dallas build-out are scant at this point, but if its Miami outpost is any indication, diners will find over-the-top interiors including three bars, Asian-themed decor including the space-age anime lounge, plus giant “bird nest” platforms full of table-and-chair seating that are suspended over its outdoor patio, lit-up columns and ceiling installations, and tons of very loud pattern mixing.
Seeing that Komodo purports to be a restaurant first and club second, Dallas diners will find lunch and dinner menus featuring Asian-influenced dishes like duck lettuce wraps, pastrami egg rolls, dumplings, sushi, rice and noodle bowls, and entrees like miso lobster and Korean fried chicken, according to the Miami menus. Cocktails take center stage here, named for Asian tropes like “Samurai Jack” with Fords gin, sake, red grapes, and jasmine tea, and the “Golden Geisha,” a glorified raspberry-appletini topped with edible gold leaf.
Eater has reached out to the restaurant for more information on when it expects to land in Deep Ellum. Stay tuned for that info.