Coho Cafe

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Atmosphere: 2/2
Service: 3/3
Food: 4/5

Total: 9/10

This is quite the story as an intro for this review!

I’ve been to Coho Cafe in Redmond once before…and it wasn’t anything exhilarating. However, Beck and I had received a $150 gift card to Coho Cafe and also a $25 gift card to Coldstone. To find out why we got these, you can see the story here. Following up from that story, it was late June evening when Beck was unloading his car as a man came out and asked “Are you Beck???”. It turned out that he was Keith’s son, and he had a thank you note in his hand. He must have recognized Beck’s VW and knew it was him. He realized he had these to give to us for months and had never run into us outside. Keith and his sweet wife had written us a thank you card, thanking us endlessly for returning his wallet (this was in February!). She had written that, in that moment, she didn’t realize they hadn’t “repaid” us as they “should have”. They were so generous to take the time to write a note and purchase these gift cards for us. The saying holds true, “Treat others as you would like to be treated”, and I’d hope someone would be honest enough to return Beck or my wallet if it were missing!

Anyways, we’ve had this gift card to use for almost 2 months and another exciting thing is that with Beck’s Microsoft discount card, we get a BOGO entree here. Making even better use out of the gift card!!

It was the perfect weekend to go for a date night since Beck had just had his annual review with work and he got great feedback! It was a celebration date night =].

The weather was so beautiful, it was the perfect night to sit outside. We were seated immediately and also greeted by our friendly server, Tarah, right away.

A Mac & Jack’s Beer for Beck and a glass of house pinot grigio for me this time!

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So refreshing. We decided against a small plate or appetizer to begin with but looking at the menu, my eyes went straight to the garlic grilled prawns and flat iron steak with chimichurri sauce for my entree. Come. To. Mama.

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I flippin’ love a juicy piece of meat lathered in garlicky, spicy goodness. Chimichurri is a green sauce used for grilled meat, originally from the Rio de la Plata, Argentina. Give me a bowl filled with it and I’ll just spoon it right into my mouth. I’d put it on much more than steaks or chicken (chips, enchiladas, hummus, etc.)! The prawns are laying on a bed of garlic polenta and let me tell you…I’m not a huge fan of polenta, probably because I haven’t had it this way before, but this was like buttery, textured, gritty mashed potatoes…it was a HUGE winner for me. I savored every bite of it. Both the steak and shrimp’s flavor were a 10/10, but both were slightly overcooked. I asked for my steak medium-well and it turned out to be closer to well-done. Somehow still perfectly juicy, though! The shrimp was also overcooked, unfortunately, because had it not been, my tummy would have danced with the taste of the mildly buttery and charred garlic flavor of these sea gems.

Beck went with the Northwest seafood fettuccine with parmesan-basil sauce. This came with prawns, scallops, bay shrimp, salmon, cod & was tossed with roasted red pepper, white wine & seafood stock.

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The flavor of this was outrageous. Nutty parmesan was melted into this creamy sauce where you could taste a hint of the seafood stock…it was to die for. Noodles were cooked perfectly and the flavors really were that good. Unfortunately, this “seafood” pasta barely came with any actual seafood. 2 prawns, 2 scallops, 2 little chunks of salmon, and a couple pieces of cod. It just didn’t cut it. I realize as a whole, that seems like a lot of seafood since there are 5 different types, but for $19.99 I’d expect a few more prawns and a little bit more salmon. I’m not here to pay $20 for a bowl of fettucini and seafood stock. Fortunately, the flavor of this dish out-shined the fact that it was lacking in the amount of actual protein. Toasty, garlic buttered slices of baguette didn’t hurt either when it came time to soak up all that juice! And of course… Beck had to pick off all of the tomatoes on top and pile them on my plate. Silly, picky boy.

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Reminds me of Friends, when Chandler and Janice go out to eat, and he is complaining to Monica and Rachel that “she put half her chicken picatta on my plate and then she took all of my tomatoes.” – I really need to learn how to make memes and make endless Friends memes. They would work for every situation in life, I guarantee that.

We loved our dinner at Coho Cafe and are really looking forward to going there several more times with our gift card!

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