The Guys Behind LIV and China Grill Debut Their Asian-Inspired Restaurant, Komodo

By Olee Fowler for Miami Eater

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David Grutman and Jeffrey Chodorow open massive 17,000-square-foot eatery in Brickell

Just in time to close out 2015, Brickell’s latest restaurant Komodo has officially opened its doors at 801 Brickell Avenue. Behind the concept is the man responsible for mega-nightclubs LIV and StoryDavid Grutman, along with Jeffrey Chodorow, who’s best known locally with his work with China Grill management. The menu is self-described as “Asian cuisine designed to take guests on a culinary journey of the Marco Polo trail.” Translation: expect dishes like dim sum, peking duck, tuna porterhouse, wasabi shrimp and of course, plenty of cocktails.

Grutman isn’t exactly known for doing things low key, and Komodo is no different. The three-story, 17,000-square-foot space features plenty of teak, 40-foot-high red ceilings, and lots of greenery. But the most, errr, interesting (?) design element are the “five exterior floating bird’s nest pods” that help give it a “playful tree-house feel.”

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