Since David Miller took over Cafe Komodo in 2009, he’s continued its mission of keeping things simple. Albeit with a few improvements, such as a roof for the outdoor courtyard, a new sound system and upgrading to a commercial kitchen.
Follow the fairy lights strung down the alleyway and you’ll find yourself in the belly of this lounge-room-inspired space. Vintage furniture has been collected from local kerbs and second-hand shops, and muted ’70s lampshades create a warm glow that makes you feel instantly at home.
Komodo’s heartbeat is the 3000 records taken from Miller’s own collection. From blues and funk to classic rock, the tunes keep the mood light and upbeat. Some even line the walls.
The evergreen menu – that’s right, it doesn’t change – is a melting pot of global influences, pieced together over the years by those who have been involved with Komodo. Enjoy a laid-back lunch of satay tofu burger with poppy-seed slaw, along with a coffee or a local wine. Or perhaps both.