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Review of Koho Bistro - CLOSED

Koho Bistro
Cuisines: Seafood, International
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 11 July 2014

My wife, the vegetarian, and I decided to check out Koho Bistro based primarily on their website. Everything looked delicious. I will confess to a certain trepidition when we got there, and discovered a storefront in the middle of a stereotypical strip mall. That was not promising.

Once inside, however, we found a charming little restaurant, tastefully decorated and pleasantly staffed. The menu was interesting, the wine list diverse but not huge, and the bar well-stocked and competently staffed.

I had a Tom Collins before dinner, and it was perfectly made. We ordered a bottle of Brigadoon pinot noir, in part because we remembered driving past the Brigadoon winery and vineyards on the way to Eugene. It turned out to be a surprisingly spicy and robust pinot, which went very nicely with everything we ordered, and worked fine just to drink by itself.

After some bread and butter (salted with "Hawaiian lava salt," whatever that is), we started our meal by splitting a "Grains, Beans, and Things" salad. The too-cute name belied a delicious appetizer, far and away the best green salad I've had in some time. Arugula was mixed with a delicious blend of wheat berries, barley, black rice, quinoa, chickpeas, black eyed peas, toasted almonds, dried cranberries and goat cheese (just a little, not overpowering like it can be). There was something very peppery about it, beyond the ground pepper that the server added. I'm not sure if it was the arugula, or the "Moroccan vinaigrette" (again, whatever that is). But it was a stunning combination of flavors and textures. (Note that I just used the word "stunning" to describe a pre-dinner salad. How often does that happen?)

The wife ordered the mushroom entrée, made up of layers of phylo dough and wild mushrooms. My description doesn't begin to do it justice. The wife just kept saying, "Amazing. Amazing." We dine out frequently -- it's our one indulgence -- so we tend to be fairly judgmental, and not too easily impressed. After she gave up on finishing her very sizeable entrée, the wife remarked, "That was the best meal I've had in a long, long time!"

I ordered the quail (semi-boneless), stuffed with sausage, on a bed of cauliflower pilaf, with a blue cheese potato gratin on the side. Absolutely delicious, and small enough that I could finish it, and thus not feel guilty about ordering dessert. The quail was perfectly cooked, tender and moist, with a crispy skin. The sausage stuffing was not too spicy, and nicely complemented, rather than overwhelmed, the quail.

For dessert, we split a lemon-scented pound cake. The pound cake was cut into four slices, which were lightly toasted and topped with whipped cream drizzled with citrus oil. On the side were port-poached pear slices drizzled with calvados syrup. We made great sport of attempting to guess the spices that the pears were poached in. We're not sure if we guessed right, but we're definitely inspired to try to recreate this dessert at home.

This was our first visit to Eugene where we really tried to find a great restaurant. We were not disappointed in the least. Despite the unfortunate location.

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Thank Doug R
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

We ate here with a big group and we were extremely well treated. The service was wonderful, the food was excellent. Some dishes were small portions so the hungry young men that had them finished off some of the larger meals. Food was creative and delicious. Downside is that the name of the restaurant on GPS will send you to downtown. You have put the address into GPS. Other than that, I would go there again in a minute!

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Thank mwaq
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Reviewed 21 June 2014 via mobile

Eugene has a world class restaurant. Tucked in a strip mall across from Churchill HS is this gem. Once out of the parking lot the atmosphere is 100% bistro.

Good drinks, attentive staff, comfortable elegant atmosphere and a laid back vide.

Then the food arrives. Flawless, inventive, different and as good or even better than many of Portland's pretentious new eateries.

Eat here.

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Thank Benny C
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

Don't let the bland out of the way exterior fool you. This is a tastefully decorated place with great service. Somewhat limited and pricey menu, but great original cocktails and reasonably priced wines. The scallops were great, the short ribs unexpectedly too sweet for my taste. All in all though, a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Thank MESerra
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Reviewed 9 May 2014

last night enjoyed a delightful meal at Koho Bistro. Started with the Pacific Ale draft Goodlife out of Bend OR and the Koho salad. Really hit the spot, especially since I was sooooo hungry. Followed by the exquisite Mushroom entree. Loved the elegant atmostphere and table by the window. Will return.

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Thank whiteoakstudio
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