Note: I am on a bit of a Mexican food kick recently. Is this a problem? No? I thought so.
Fusion food gets a bad rap. Well, good fusion food does. Bad fusion food can go right to the garbage where it belongs. I’m no expert on what makes Asian food authentic, but I know a good version of food when I see it. Changing something just so you can say you changed it doesn’t make the food good or the ingredients cohesive. The flavors still have to work well and you can’t jack up the price just because you put kimchi on a burger. For those of you who want a menu full of delicious and familiar food options that are still new to you, welcome home to Komex.
Komex is a super bare bones restaurant that looks like it might have opened a week ago. It has a home cooking look and taste to it (in a good way) that is very hard to replicate. You may get some less than homemade ingredients, but in a way… what could be more home cooking than that? The savings are completely passed on to the customer, however, and this may be your cheapest meal in town during your visit.
It’s worth noting that fivethirtyeight.com did a bracket of the best burritos in the USA and included Komex in the competition.
BOOM FREE APPETIZER WITH THE MENUS.
Chips and salsa, the easy way. Can’t complain here.
The menu is set up in a way that has all your classic Korean, Mexican and American food with fusion twists to them. The specials menu is where a lot of the best stuff is, so make sure you check it out in addition to the staples. This was a quick lunch with a friend, so we ordered a few things to share and a few to ourselves.
It’s hard not to order the fried wontons. They’re nothing mindblowing and pretty basic, but at $1.50 for a plate of 5 they’re pretty much the cheapest appetizer you can get in any restaurant in town. Hell, a restaurant I went to today charges $3 for a fried egg. ONE EGG. It’s cheap sweet and sour sauce served with them, but who cares. Nom.
Bulgogi tacos are a thing and they have been sadly lacking in my world. $2 a taco is a very fair price for such a thing that makes my life more than $2 worth of happy, and the bulgogi marinade goes extremely well with the salsas and toppings on the taco. I also recommend the pork belly tacos, which are not even really fusion because everyone eats pork belly because IT’S AWESOME.
One of the specials I received word on was the PBBBLT which is a pork belly, bulgogi, bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich. Bacon is technically pork belly already, but you know what? I didn’t think of that at the time because I was too busy stuffing my face. I attacked this thing like a starving man. The toothpicks were almost ingested. Yes, that’s toasted wonderbread and iceberg lettuce, two of the worst atrocities that have no business in a restaurant. No, I don’t care. Sometimes a sandwich just hits every nerve in your being and tells you that everything’s going to be okay. And if it isn’t, GUESS WHAT, WAFFLE FRIES. Of the sweet potato variety. It’s like a hug from grandma, only grandma didn’t have spicy mayo on the side. (thanks for nothing, grandma)
This was basically the best possible version of a club sandwich and I totally recommend trying it on your visit (if it’s still on the specials).
All the above food was “the most expensive meal ever eaten at this restaurant” and we got out for $20 a person. This should be in any local’s rotation and worth a trip from the strip for lunch.
Komex Fusion (two locations)
Buffalo & Flamingo
4155 S Buffalo Dr. #103,104
Tue-Sat 11 am – 9 pm
Sun 11 am – 8 pm
633 N Decatur Blvd Suite H
Las Vegas, NV 89107
Mon-Sat 11 am – 8 pm