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Don't Fear the Blazin' Shrimp at Komodo's Venice Outlet

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Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Photos by Elizabeth Daniels

The wait is finally over for Main Street's branch of fast-casual Asian eatery Komodo. Originally planned to open in the fall, the official launch for this second brick-and-mortar lands on December 16. The MASS Architecture-designed space has a simple, straightforward layout akin to those early renderings, which feature a ceiling installation studded with paper trays, an homage to Komodo's food truck roots. On the menu, expect a similar rice plate, taco, and burrito-based bill of fare featuring the likes of blazin' shrimp, loko modo (their take on the Hawaiian loco moco), miso-marinaded steak, and a fantastic seasonal white fish with creamed corn sauce.

Other bites include Nasi Goreng, a classic Indonesian dish, kimchi nachos, and gambas al ajillo shrimp, which might be one of the most addictive things on the menu. Founded by Eric Tjahyadi, Mike Cho, Thomas Choi, and cheffed by Erwin Tjahyadi, Komodo is the neighborhood grab-and-go spot that this part of Santa Monica has needed. Beer and wine will come through early next year as licenses get approved. Hours will run 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
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