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Bring a Love of Spice to Cobi’s, Now Open in Santa Monica

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If the canopy of flowers hanging over Cobi’s bar doesn’t immediately signal that this isn’t your average eatery, the menu certainly will. It brings different elements of cuisine from all across Southeast Asia, incorporating culinary traditions from India, Indonesia, and Thailand into one cohesive menu.

Cobi’s has only been open for a few months, but it’s already generating a lot of positive buzz thanks to the unique ambiance (some have described it as “grandma’s house,” others a traditional teahouse and garden) and the delicious fare. Make a reservation online and sit down to nosh on small plates like the chicken larb with Thai chili, the pork and shiitake dumplings, and the citrusy bluefin tuna with prawn crisps (from the raw bar). For the main course, you can choose from two distinct categories: curries and wood-grilled entrees. The wood-grilled branzino with mint, cilantro, Thai basil, and yellow curry is an early standout you won’t want to miss if you’re a fan of seafood. But if you prefer a spicier dish, try the aptly named devil chicken curry with habanero chili vinegar and mustard seeds.

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