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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
N 44° 3.435′ W 121° 18.821′


Old Mill Martini Bar Restaurant Review 9.2

August 20, 2008

Martini Bar, Yellowfin Tuna

Bend’s best kept secret! Posh food, hidden in an upscale bar. The entrance is hidden on the north side of the Old Mill Saxon’s Jeweler building. You go up the discrete stairwell (or elevator) to enter the bar/restaurant. The 3rd floor is available for private events (will be again after they rebuild from the recent fire), the 2nd (main) floor has a bar area as well as a few nooks & patio with beautiful views. The look & feel is posh & modern with a touch of the brick from the Old Mill.

I invite friends to dinner her, they say “the bar? Shouldn’t we go out to dinner first?” Few people know they have food of this caliber. I have yet to find something that I would not have again. You really can’t go wrong with anything here (at least nothing I have tried). The descriptions from the menu make my mouth water & don’t do them justice. The portions are perfect, I never leave hungry but I am an inch away from licking my plate clean.

This is my favorite food in Bend. I have tried many items off the menu but my favorite is the seared scallops, my husband and daughter’s favorite is the sea bass. The bass is so soft & smooth, your fork glides through it like softened butter, the flavor is impossible to describe, it is amazing. The scallops plate has so many flavors that compliment one another, the risotto is almost as good as the scallops.

The food is spectacular & way under priced for the quality & flavor. The drinks are great but pricey. The website only shows the downtown location but is a great resource for mixed drink recipes. The food is always consistent but the service can vary, typically you are served like you’re in a bar & not dining out. Get you with the food, keep you with the drinks. I rarely drink when I come because I want to savor the food

Seared Scallops – Mango glaze, caramelized onion, napa cabbage, sliced pear, butternut squash, risotto, pomegranate syrup $24

Sea Bass Bene wafer crusted, winter vegetble medley, chef’s risotto, Walla Walla sweet onion cream sauce $25.5

Yellowfin Tuna – Togaraashi encrusted, wasabi potato egg roll, chili ginger soy dipping sauce with arugula frisee salad, warm tofu & goat cheese crouton. $23

Chimichurri Trip-Tip Grilled tri-tip, black beans & rice, roasted corn medallions, chive butter $13.5 (small plate)

Asain Beauty Bloody Mary – Mazama Infused Pepper Vodka, tomato juice, soy and ginger reduction wasabi, Demetri’s Bloody Mary Spice Blend, Sriracha Pepper Sauce, Cholula Pepper Sauce, cucumber, green onion $8.50

UPDATE:  The Old Mill location has closed.  They still have a downtown location but they don’t serve the same food.

Rating based on 1-10, 10 is best:
Quality of food: 10
Taste, flavor & texture of food: 10
Service: 7
Atmosphere: 9
Value: 10

(note the above value rating is based on the food)

The Old Mill Martini Bar
Bend, Oregon Restaurant
360 SW Powerhouse Dr Bend, OR
N 44° 2.800′ W 121° 18.871′