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In most coming-of-age tropes, you can count on a new kid in town who has the confidence and maturity of Judge Judy even though they’re a barely pubescent 14-year-old wearing a leather jacket. Cobi’s is the cool new kid of Santa Monica. And as the stereotype goes, the Westside is gravitating to this Southeast Asian spot, packing into the maximalist space every night of the week. Whether you come with a date or group, any of the curry-forward dishes (like curry puffs, whole branzino in yellow curry, and anything from the “curry” section of the menu) are bright and fresh, even when frying or cream is involved. Cobi’s did get its start as a curry pop-up after all. While the kitschy chandelier and wallpapered interior is cozy, Cobi’s is also a great option for those who are only dining outdoors right now. The open-air patio is a garden party, with heat lamps, music pumping, and roses bigger than your head. Without a doubt, this is the most exciting new restaurant on the Westside.

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