Archive for September, 2008

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Pastini Restaurant Review 8.4

September 14, 2008

Pastini, Butternut Squash

Pastini is another nice addition to the upscale Old Mill restaurants. The interior is modern with lots of windows overlooking the Deschutes River. The staff was friendly & gladly moved us to a booth closer to the river view when we asked. You will be served with complimentary bread, oil & vinegar.

The food is delicious but there were a few hitches. We ordered a double noodle dish for $1.75 more, they forgot to add the extra noodles in the cooking process so they brought additional noodles on a plate, the additional noodles minimized the flavor after they were mixed in. The butternut squash was wonderful but some pieces were not fully cooked and a little hard. I will try coming back another time to base the rating on more than one experience.

The spaghetti & meatballs were very good, the meatballs were very large & resembled a very good meatloaf. The Parmigiana Bread is very good, the red sauce that comes with it is the best sauce I have tried (I usually don’t like any red sauce) I will order this again.

I noticed on the menu that you can do “wheat free whole wheat substitutions” but I did not get this clarified

Add Chicken to any pasta or salad for $2.25
Add Meatballs to any pasta for $1.65
Rigatoni Zuccati – Roasted butternut squash, wild mushrooms, spinach & rosemary in a light cream sauce, $9.50
Spaghetti & Meatballs – Three handmade meatballs of beef and pork simmered in a savory marinara sauce, $8.95
Parmigiana Bread – Rustic baguette toasted with butter and parmesan, served with a side of marinara, $3.95
Kids meals (12 & under) – $5.50

Rating based on 1-10, 10 is best:
Quality of food: 9
Taste, flavor & texture of food: 8
Service: 8
Atmosphere: 9
Value:8

Pastini Pastaria
Bend, Oregon Restaurant
375 SW Powerhouse Dr, Bend, OR 97702
541-749-1060
N 44° 2.840′ W 121° 18.963′ (about)
http://www.facebook.com/PastiniPastaria?ref=search&sid=1057683504.1620381956..1
http://www.pastini.net

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Bo Restobar Restaurant Review 9.4

September 13, 2008

Bo RestoBar, Thai Chicken Sandwich

Bo Restobar is another amazing restaurant masquerading as a bar. The service has been great on every visit, the food is spectacular & the drinks are as good as the food. It can be packed but you can also have the whole place to yourself if you come @ a non peak time.

Bo & Typhoon are separate companies but owned by the same person. The Typhoon flavor has a few similarities as Bo (this is a good thing for both of them).

The most unique thing Bo & Typhoon offer is the Lemongrass Clam Chowder. If you want traditional chowder, this is not for you.  If you want chowder infused with a Thai lemongrass zing, you must try it.  I can not get within a mile of here without craving this chowder.  On my way out of state, I had to make a pit stop for this Lemongrass Clam Chowder.

The Happy Hour menu has most of the same foods @ low prices. The portions are smaller but this just allows you to try more items. The Lemongrass Clam Chowder is $3, Salmon stick is $2 or $3, everything is delicious & affordable.

I have tried many items from Bo Restobar & have loved everything. The Lemongrass Clam Chowder is my favorite, my husband loves the noodle bowl. Depending on when you go, lunch, dinner or happy hour you can find prices from $2-$29, you can always find items around $10.

Our friend with celiac disease was able to have a turkey sandwich, without the bread. She said it was “yummy”.  There were not options on the menu but they were happy to accommodate her.

Lemongrass Clam Chowder – $4 / $7 ($3 happy hour)
Noodle Bowl – Choices of BBQ pork or shredded chicken with egg noodles, $10
Thai Chicken Sandwich with Peanut Sauce – Tender grilled chicken breast with peanut sauce on both sides, served on a burer bun accompanied with shredded iceberg, sliced cucumber in Thi vinaigrette, onion, and tomato slices. $10
Sticky Fingers Ribs – Babybacks with an Asian glaze. $10
Grilled Halibut – 10 oz filet toped with crispy ginger, served with wasabi mashed potatoes, $20

UPDATE:  They now feature Karaoke.  I don’t know the hours or specifics.  I am  nice enough to not torture others with my voice so I don’t sing Karaoke.  I have seen a gentleman sing several Tony Bennett songs wonderfully, I also saw an amazing girl sing, on the table, she probably would have at least made it to Hollywood week on American Idol.  Then there are of course the usual Karaoke singers with a big range of talent.  I braved the Karaoke bar, alone on Halloween, in my cowgirl costume, just to get the Lemongrass Clam Chowder.

Rating based on 1-10, 10 is best:
Quality of food: 10
Taste, flavor & texture of food: 10
Service: 9
Atmosphere: 9
Value: 9

Bo Restobar
Bend, Oregon Restaurant
550 NW Franklin Ave #118, Bend, OR 97701
541-617-8880
N 44° 3.435′ W 121° 18.821′
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bend-OR/Bo-Restobar/61305455147?ref=search&sid=1057683504.2647014761..1
http://www.borestobar.com

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Kebaba Restaurant Review 8.6

September 13, 2008

Kebaba, Chicken Schwarma

The smells greet you as you walk in the door of Kababa. The flavors are strong and distinct. I have never had true middle eastern food to compare this too but it is good with my American palate.

I have tried most things on the lunch menu plus a few from the dinner menu. The only item I will not have again is the spinach pie, it was different but one time was enough for me. Most lunch items are in pita, most things have a really good pickled onion. I don’t like raw onions but I crave these pickeled onions.

Add fries & a drink to any lunch meal for $1.75 more. The fries have a great herb seasoning & are well worth the upgrade. Also tough to pick a favorite but I like the Chicken Schwarma or Curried Tempeh. My husband usually goes for the Lamb Schwarma or Tuna Kebab. They also have a children’s menu for under $5.

The serving sizes are good, if you are not super hungry & have the fries, you can easily split this with someone.

A new Kebaba favorite of mine is the Lamb Burger.  I was hesitant to order a burger from a menu I know has good ethnic food but at the suggestion a friend, I did.  I was pleasantly surprised.  I will usually only try a bite of lamb and won’t order a dish of lamb.  This burger is a unique exception to all my preconceived ideas, you mush try it.

Lunch Menu:
Chicken Skewer (Kids) – one chicken kebab with fries & cucumber slices $4.50
Chicken Schwarma – Spiced roasted chicken rolled with garlic sauce, lettuce, tomato, cucumber and pickled onion, $6.25
Lamb Schwarma – Spiced roasted lamb rolled with tahini sauce, lettuce, tomato, cucumber and pickled onion, $7.25
Tuna Kebab – Marinated grilled yellowfin tuna, rolled with garlic sauce, lettuce, tomato, cucumber and pickled onion, $7.25
Curried Tempeh – Soy tempeh, celery, scallions, cashews and raisins, rolled iwht lettuce, carrots and a curried apricot dressing, $6.25

Rating based on 1-10, 10 is best:
Quality of food: 9
Taste, flavor & texture of food: 9
Service: 8 (order lunch @ counter, dinner is ordered @ your table)
Atmosphere: 8
Value: 9

Kebaba Modern Middle Eastern Foods
Bend, Oregon Restaurant
1004 NW Newport Ave, Bend, OR 97702
541-318-6224
N 44° 3.753′ W 121° 19.590′
http://www.facebook.com/kebabarestaurant?ref=ts
http://www.kebaba.com

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Aloha Cafe Restaurant Review 8.5

September 13, 2008

Aloha, Lava Chicken, Noodles & Cole Slaw

At Aloha Cafe you immediately feel like you are in a local surf hang out when you walk in with the surfboards on the walls & the surf videos or waves on the tv. Both locations are hard to find if you don’t know what you are looking for. They can be packed during lunch or after work. Service is friendly & quick.

You place your order @ the counter & they quickly bring it to your table.  If you have questions about the menu, they will be happy to explain or offer a recommendation. I have yet to order something I wouldn’t order again, it is all very good.

Choose your favorite meat, choose a couple or have the big kahuna with a little of everything. The sauces & food are all made fresh @ the restaurant. It is hard to pick a favorite dish. After you finally pick which meat, you still have to choose between noodles & rice, and finally you have to choose the macaroni dish or cole slaw. You really can’t go wrong with any of this Hawaiian Food made by Hawaiians. Aloha Cafe is addicting, I have been there 3 times this week!

I usually choose the Lava Chicken & Tri Tip Beef with noodles & cole slaw. The lava chicken resembles a sweet chili sauce, the noodles have a flavor that resembles Kecup Manis (Indonesian Sweet Soy Sauce), the cole slaw has a little pineapple & a hint of pepper. I have not tried the sandwiches.

Keiki (Kids) Mixed Plate $3.25
Lava Chicken $6.50
Kalua Pork $6.95 (Wheat Free)
Tri-Ti Beef $8.75
Choice of any 2 entrees & sides, small $6.50, large $8.50
Big Kahuna $11.75
Catering $4-$14.95 per person

Rating based on 1-10, 10 is best:
Quality of food: 8
Taste, flavor & texture of food: 9
Service: N/A (order @ counter, bus your own table)
Atmosphere: 8
Value: 9

Aloha Cafe, Hawaiian BBQ & Catering
Bend, Oregon Restaurant
Crossroads Plaza, 547 NE Bellevue #112, Bend, OR 97702
Sunriver Village Mall, 57100 Beaver Dr #20, Sunriver, OR 97707
541-382-KONA (5662) NE Bend
541-593-KONA (5662) Sunriver
N 44° 3.314′ W 121° 15.787′ NE Bend
N 43° 52.442′ W 121° 26.201′ Sunriver
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