September 25th, 2009 by Whitney Shae – Comments (18)
As we rounded the corner before stepping through the glass door, all I could say was wow. I felt as if I was in New York City walking into a modern, sophisticated restaurant. With deep shades of black, grey, cream, silver and white, this ambient, classic atmosphere stole my breath as soon as I walked in. Bold lines and curves made the silhouette of the furniture really pop. I couldn’t believe that this place is in Tulsa!
The front of the building facing Peoria Street is totally encased in glass. If you are standing directly inside KEO, you can see the cars driving by and people shopping on Brookside. KEO has a beautiful limestone bar with the back-glass lined in colorful bottles. The bar stools as well as the majority of seating was full when we went, Thursday nights are a hit at this place! There were small families, groups of friends and couples having drinks and dinner. It would be a great place to go on a date, business meeting or casual night out with friends.
We automatically got placed at the best seat in the house, the front corner of the restaurant closest to the street. The two walls of glass were surrounding us, and made for a good “people-watching” experience. First of all we received complimentary edamame, which are always a hit! Bright green soybean pods with tiny bursts of flavor inside. We then ordered the KEO Sampler, which features the most popular appetizers on the menu. Fresh spring rolls, beef and chicken skewers, curry wontons and KEO cake. The homemade spring rolls tasted so good, I think next time I will come back and order a plate-full of spring rolls! The chicken and beef skewers were tasty, but I always like to experience more unique food such as the spring rolls, curry wontons and KEO cake. Everything from KEO is made fresh daily and only the finest ingredients are used.
We had an awesome waiter that was very knowledgeable in both the food and history of KEO. The owners of KEO are Bill & Zahidah Hyman. Zahidah grew up in Asia, and brought back many of her family’s recipes. Her maiden name is Keo, so Bill and Zahidah decided to name the restaurant after her family since many of the recipes are derived from family recipes. Bill and Zahidah decided that there was a growing trend toward healthy dining options and the consumer’s preference for more choices. In addition, they noticed the growing popularity of Asian cuisine. These great people opened KEO in August 2007 and have been offering beautiful fresh food at reasonable prices, not to mention one of the most beautiful restaurants on Brookside.
Enjoying good conversation, before we were done with our appetizer, our entrees came fresh out of the kitchen. I ordered the KEO house stir-fry with brown rice. Lemongrass, galangal, green and red bell pepper, onion, chili & turmeric engulfed the tender chicken and gave it an amazing flavor! The brown rice had such a fluffy, moist consistency and melted in my mouth. I felt good about eating this meal. My friend ordered the Thai Green Curry soup and a side of brown rice. Tofu, coconut, bell peppers, long beans, baby corn, bamboo shoots and eggplant made up this sweet and flavorful dish. The coconut was the base of the soup, and added a lot of sweetness. This was a heavier soup with many unique ingredients, my friend loved it! Who would have thought coconut in a soup?
The last part is always my favorite…dessert! Banana wonton with vanilla bean gelato. The presentation of this dessert was phenomenal! The bananas were wrapped in wonton pastry wrappers surrounded by custard and cooked to a crisp, then placed around the vanilla bean gelato and drizzled with caramel and chocolate. Wow!
I loved every aspect of the atmosphere, service, presentation, food and experience at KEO. I will definitely be going back very soon!
3524 S Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK 74105-2529