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Nov 18, 2011 08:43 AM

Komodo Kitchen - Indonesian - DTW

Komodo Kitchen is a pop-up restaurant. Did anyone attend their first event? I see that they
have another dinner scheduled for Sunday.

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  1. Cool. Thanks for the lead.
    My friend says he just called and that it is sold out. Let me know if any of you hear something different (not that I don't have smart friends, it's just that...).

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    1. re: VTB

      I'm on their Facebook feed. It sold out in about five hours. Hopefully these people are getting the message that WE NEED INDONESIAN FOOD IN SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN.

      If you've gotta have it, try Rasa Ria in Kalamazoo (Malay restaurant, but with decent simple Indonesian food) or Taste of Bali in Columbus.

      Rasa Ria
      1921 W Main St, Kalamazoo, MI 49006

      Taste of Bali
      2548 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43220

      1. re: Jim M

        I miss the original Penang ...

    2. I just signed up for the event this the last spot. Has anyone attended yet? I was just wondering what to expect, other than a seared tongue.

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      1. re: grouper

        I have fond memories of wonderful pepper crab from my week in Jakarta.

      2. $65 for 3 courses seem kinda steep doesn't it?

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        1. re: gan911

          Heck yes, it does. In fact, I didn't even bother to look at the email they sent me for this one as the last one they were selling seats for EIGHTY-FIVE FREAKING DOLLARS. I know it's the Next Big Thing and everybody's clamoring to be a part of it, but for that kind of cheese? I'll head on over to Forest Grill, eat my ever-loving heart out, and walk out with *change*.

          I'm glad they're proud of themselves, but there's a quantum difference between justifiable pride and unmitigated hubris. They haven't even been around long enough to justify themselves yet. Pass.

          1. re: boagman

            If there are so many people in metro Detroit willing to shell out $65-85 for three courses, then you'd think someone would capitalize on that kind of demand and open up a *real* Indonesian restaurant. Since this hasn't happened, it seems obvious that Komodo is simply the fortunate recipient of inflated demand fueled by hype and trendiness.

            1. re: jjspw

              "it seems obvious that Komodo is simply the fortunate recipient of inflated demand fueled by hype and trendiness"

              Ah, the truth, when told, is as soothing music.

              Let me be clear: I hope for nothing but the best for Komodo Kitchen and its proprietors. If they can elicit the kind of response they have, more power to them. Clean the collective clocks of the "Gotta do it first!" idiots that are out there! Enjoy yourselves while you do!

              You know something else is going to come around, though. Then, at that point, they may think about a longer term presence. The initial draw sure does grab attention when it's promoted in the paper, doesn't it?

              I wonder how Jacques Tacos is doing... ;)

              1. re: boagman

                I don't think any of the ladies involved with Komodo Kitchen WANT it to become a full time occupation for them, ever. Look how well they're doing with occasional dinners in someone else's space-- and with minimal impact on their lives otherwise.

                I would love for someone to do an Indonesian restaurant (though not a $65 - $85 plate one!) full time, but that's way more of a commitment than I sense these ladies intend to make.

                1. re: ak994

                  From their Facebook page yesterday-- yet another indication that a traditional restaurant is not their goal--

                  "We look forward to tomorrow's private Indo cooking demo with a full 3 course sitting down dinner. Yes, we do that too. If you are interested in having Komodo Kitchen doing your private events, be sure to email us at"

                  So, there's still plenty of room for an affordable Indonesian (hole in the wall, hopefully) restaurant in these parts. I wish I knew how to recruit restaurateurs to an area!

            2. re: boagman

              i agree with all of the above...30-35 without beverages is probably the sweet spot for an occasional weekly splurge. 60+ you better impress me with more than 3 courses. I want variety for that amount, not quantity. Its more of a tasting than a meal.