KEO: A NY Style Restaurant in the Heart of OK

By on September 25, 2009

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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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!

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I loved every aspect of the atmosphere, service, presentation, food and experience at KEO. I will definitely be going back very soon!

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Keo
http://www.keorestaurant.com

3524 S Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK 74105-2529
(918) 794-8200

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0 Comments

  1. Jan

    September 25, 2009 at 10:04 am

    What a beautiful venue! I love Brookside…so Modern. I really do feel as if I am walking the streets of NY.

  2. Annalise

    September 25, 2009 at 10:46 am

    That banana wonton looks unbelievable!

    • Derrick

      September 30, 2009 at 11:02 am

      It is worth the trip just for dessert and a great glass of wine.

  3. Sadie

    September 25, 2009 at 10:49 am

    This place is gorgeous! Were the prices too over the top?

    • Shae

      September 25, 2009 at 11:45 am

      The prices were very reasonable. Entrees were anywhere from $8-$15 per person.

    • Derrick

      September 30, 2009 at 11:01 am

      Go to the happy hour when apps are half price that way you can try a little of everything.

      • Jan

        September 30, 2009 at 2:26 pm

        What a great idea! Thanks for the heads up. 1/2 price appetizer!

  4. Lauren

    September 25, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Can’t wait to try it!

  5. Condiment Queen

    September 25, 2009 at 10:53 am

    This place looks awesome! And that dessert wow is right! Can’t wait to try it all!

  6. Leah

    September 25, 2009 at 11:11 am

    you’ve swayed me! i was trying to pick between keo and lanna thai for dinner tonight. brookside it is!

  7. redbaron

    September 25, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Try the Pho! One of the best soups in Tulsa, and I would say the best Asian soup in Tulsa. Love the Pad Thai there as well, and really like the spring rolls.

  8. Mark Stenner

    September 28, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    KEO is such a great experience. I recently noted it in the Tulsa World (SPOT) as a great place to grab a glass of wine.

  9. Derrick

    September 30, 2009 at 11:05 am

    While Lanna Thai and Keo have great food and I frequent BOTH if your ready for a great wine list WITH your food KEO definitely is the place to go. I usually do Lanna Thai for lunch and KEO for dinners.

  10. Erica

    October 20, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Loved the Green Curry but Pad Thai wasn’t my favorite

  11. Richie @ Catering Equipment

    January 26, 2010 at 2:34 am

    I have just come across this site and have found it to be interesting and informative.
    Wow and here I thought that in South Africa we had some amazing restaurants with amazing food but this just looks heavenly, my mouth is watering just looking at that food, I love Asian food they way that they are able to incorporate all those different flavors, its just priceless thats for sure.

  12. Ginger

    February 2, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Love the steak! It was to die for!

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