KEO – Well Worth the Trip

By on January 5, 2010

A few months ago I had lunch at Keo. It’s well worth the trip. The space is sleek and airy, with 15 foot ceilings and floor to ceiling windows. Upscale decor (and good service) with downscale prices. Most entrees are $9. The chef was born in Cambodia (though she grew up in Oklahoma) and most of the dishes are Thai, Vietnamese or Cambodian, though some, such as the grilled tuna with orange soy glaze, are Asian-inflected creations.

Two friends and I tried the Thai Sweet Basil (larb, basically, with ground chicken and basil leaves), the Beef and Broccoli (what it sounds like) and the Tom Ka (a Thai soup, Gai Tom Ka, but with shrimp). The first two were good but ordinary, but the Tom Ka was extraordinary. Crisp sharp flavors of lemongrass, ginger and other spices swirl and blend in your mouth. It was as good as any version of that dish you’d find in New York. Fortunately that was my pick so I got to eat almost all of it.

On a later visit I had the Thai green curry, which was even better. Usually the green curries bore me, this one not. I think that the “curries”, dishes with a lot of sauce, are a far better choice than the stir-fries.

Keo
www.keorestaurant.com

3524 South Peoria Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74105-2529
(918) 794-8200

About Brian Schwartz:
Brian was born in NYC, age 0, on my birthday. College in Oxford (meaning cow crossing a stream in Chinese) at age 16. Law School in New Haven, Conn. 6 years travel in Africa and Asia. Haven’t done much lately. I speak enough Chinese to order food not on any English menu. Spanish French Italian too (not fluently but food-ently) My favorite restaurant is Jean-Georges in New York. But those NYC chefs would sell their soul to get the produce available from the farms around Inola. “A writer writes alone. His words tumble forth from a magical inner void that is mysterious even to himself, and that no one else can enter.” And yet, the most important thing to me the writer is YOU. Without you to hear them, my words are worth less than silence.

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Brian Schwartz

About Brian Schwartz

Born in NYC, age 0, on my birthday. College in Oxford at age 16. Law School in New Haven, Conn. 6 years travel in Africa and Asia. Haven’t done much lately. Still, I’m the only Tulsa member of the little-known Omega Society. www.theomegasociety.com I speak enough Chinese to order food not on any English menu. Spanish French Italian too (not fluently but food-ently) My favorite restaurant is Jean-Georges in New York. But those NYC chefs would sell their soul to get the produce available from the farms around Inola. “A writer writes alone. His words tumble forth from a magical inner void that is mysterious even to himself, and that no one else can enter.” And yet, the most important thing to me the writer is YOU. Without you to hear them, my words are worth less than silence.

0 Comments

  1. staci

    January 5, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    I love KEO! The Green Curry Soup is my absolute fave!

  2. shae

    January 5, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Mmm…I love Keo too.

    They have a great happy hour with 1/2 price appetizers.

    • Brian S.

      January 5, 2010 at 5:10 pm

      Thank you for your comment on my virgin post, and congrats on your engagement.

  3. Greg

    January 6, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Good write up Brian….will be trying it soon.

  4. Tony

    August 14, 2010 at 12:39 am

    Having lived in Thailand I am pretty hard on S.E. Asian Restaurants.
    Some of the food here is really good. I enjoyed their krapow gai(i can’t remember what it was called on the menu). It is Chicken with fish sauce sugar thai chilis and thai basil. The only thing I didn’t enjoy about this dish were the giant chunks of onion. The som tum(green papaya salad) was decent. When I first came to tulsa I was excited to see someone had it on their menu and actually used papaya and didn’t try to add lettuce. However, it was missing the long beans the cherry tomatoes and the lime juice/sauce that I like to clean up with sticky rice(also not on their menu).

    The green curry I have had there was ok. It could have been punched up a tad in flavor. Their mussels were tiny but had a decent flavor.

    In the service department: I went there for my birthday and waited for a table. Which is fine. They went to clean up a table for us after about a 20 minute wait. At this point they came to seat us. Right then another group came in… late for their reservations. Instead of seating us as they were about to do… they said nothing to us and seated the other group. I walked out and haven’t been back since.

    If you want good S.E. Asian food… authentic… not skimped on or missing ingredients to pay for a location… go to Hmong Cafe. It has the best larb, som tum, curries, sticky rice, pad thai, etc. I have had in town! It reminds me of the food I ate daily in Thailand.

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