Well how 'bout stream to table? That's what could have been said of my wife's dish at Kokanee Cafe a few nights ago; grilled, stuffed, fresh trout filets, stacked on crispy polenta, a bed of spinach beneath, and surrounded by other savory delights. Probably didn't, but could very easily have come from the picturesque Metolius River, bubbling by just yards from where we were sitting. I chose a more ordinary sounding halibut cheeks dish, served with grilled asparagus on a bed of lentils, flavored with pork belly and tangerine. Prior to that, we'd shared a small plate of wild mushrooms sauteed in a garlic beurre blanc, and a beet salad that, besides beets, came with slices of plums, peaches, strawberries, some blueberries, almonds, hazelnuts, and a light dressing of honey and goat cheese. Having thoroughly enjoyed it all, we seriously contemplated making a dessert of the entree of grilled salmon, which was served on a bed of fresh cut fruit, having heard several at the next table over rave about it.
Point is, Kokanee Cafe is serving up some innovative, fresh, seriously good cuisine in this idyllic, woodsy setting, and after decades of visiting the Bend and Sisters area, we've yet to find a better place for dinner. Camp Sherman is worth the drive regardless, but a meal at Kokanee Cafe can make it something special. My one negative comment is that the screened porch/deck area can get pretty warm in the heat of summer months. And I'd suspect that the inside of the small restaurant gets warmer still, as I doubt there's A/C in there.
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