On the road from Redmond to Woodinville there’s a cute neighborhood mall, Bella Bottega, where you will find Coho Café. We first dined at Coho before we had kids. We sat at a table by the warm fireplace on a Saturday and had lunch. This is a nice place to go to for either lunch or dinner, or to meet friends before/after a movie for drinks and appetizers (there’s a movie theater at the mall).
The place is usually packed with people and is a very lively and energetic spot (but not too loud that you can’t hear yourself think). Coho’s menu offers Pacific-Northwest food, classic American, and Asian inspired dishes. There’s a weekly menu – which I encourage you to order from – featuring seasonal dishes and local wines (mainly from Washington and Oregon).
I consider Coho to be a family-friendly restaurant. In general, any restaurant that is noisy enough to conceal a child’s squeal and doesn’t have a too sophisticated menu is considered a family-friendly restaurant by me (especially if you have young children).
Last night we went there with friends – all with young children – for an early dinner (always a good idea with little kids). While we waited for our food to arrive, the kids were busy coloring their kids menu with crayons provided by the restaurant. Coho’s kids menu is offered to kids 12 and under, and has a nice selection of dishes like Grilled Salmon or Grilled Chicken Breast with Mashers & Veggies ($6.50 you), or Fish n’ Chips with Fruit and Chicken Strips with Fries & Fruit ($5.99).
I tried Basil-Pancetta Prawns with Mediterranean Couscous salad ($16.99), (see photo above) which was very nice, paired with Washington Hills “Summit Reserve” chardonnay ($6.75/glass), lovely wine. My husband and one of our friends both ordered Horseradish and Panko Crusted Halibut Fillet served with Potato Hash, Crispy Onion Rings and Smoked Tomato Tartar Sauce ($18.99). It was delicious and satisfying. I actually liked it better than my prawns. Another friend ordered Soy-sesame glazed salmon, Ginger-Jasmine rice, Stir Fried Edamame, Braised Shiitake & Crispy Soba ($14.99). The kids chose Fish and Chips ($5.99) and I took a bite. It was wonderful.
Soy-Sesame Glazed Salmon with Ginger Rice and Edamame
A word of advise: ask the waiter to tell the kitchen to be easy with the salt on the kids fries. I have found them to be waaaay too salty on previous occasions. It’s really unnecessary and not so healthy. Also, I always check out the kids meal to make sure it’s fresh and tasty. The Fish & Chips were wonderful. I wish I could order that.
Bottom line, dinner was wonderful. It’s a place we go to again and again.
Horseradish Crusted Halibut Fillet, Potato Hash, Crispy Onion Rings and Smoked Tomato Tartar Sauce
Inside the Cafe
Coho Cafe, Redmond
Address: 8976 161st Ave. NE
Phone: (425) 885-2646