Komodo is perhaps the poshest restaurant yet at the Epic development, in Deep Ellum, and it’s impressive. At 22,500 square feet within a two-story space, it’s even bigger than the company’s Miami flagship. The elegant interior gleams with dramatic ruby accents, from the crispy red-skinned Peking ducks to the diaphanous drapes lining the long hallway leading to the restrooms. The menu echoes that of the Florida original but also throws in a few local specialties, such as Texas-raised Wagyu beef. We went with an array of small plates, which proved to be plenty. The lemon-pepper quail was quartered and deliciously fried; it had just a hint of wasabi and came with a drizzle of habanero honey. We also loved the lobster shumai dumplings with shrimp, crab sauce, and black tobiko. The Rainbow maki, topped with crab, shrimp, salmon, tuna, hamachi, and avocado, was utterly satisfying, especially with the vegetable fried rice as a shareable side.
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Inspired Southeast Asian cuisine in a posh setting.