Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Cleveland: Tree Country Bistro

Regina wanted to give Tree Country Bistro a shot last weekend. We knew the day was going to be jam packed full of things to do, so venturing too far from home was just going to be a hassle. She felt like trying something new and we both wanted to try something Asian. My suggestion was Golden Mountain in Willoughby Hills, and her's was Tree Country Bistro. Cleveland Heights is much closer for us than Willoughby Hills, so Regina won this round. Not that I was really complaining.

The menu has a little bit of Thai, a little of Japanese, and a little bit of Korean. Typically I'm a little leery of such a place because it seems to be a "jack of all trades, master of none" kind of situation. For Coventry, the space of rather large. The decor wasn't Asian hokey or even fancy. In fact, I'd say it was no more elaborate than something you'd find at Denny's. I guess you could call it utilitarian.

Regina went straight for the Pad Thai ($8.95).Not a whole lot to report on that little dish. The portion was huge and the noodles actually a surprising sweetness to them. I opted for the Korean Spicy Pork Bulgogi ($13.95), which consisted of thin slices of pork that were stir fried and served in a spicy sauce and kimchi. The sauce was mildly spicy, not burn your tongue, fire breathing kind of stuff, but just a nice developed heat. The kimchi was spicy and more importantly funky. For my tastes - a little too funky.

I had read in some reviews that people thought the service sucked or wasn't friendly. We found that not to be true at all. Our order went in and came out of the kitchen with blazing speed. As we were leaving the kids from Case started rolling in. The place really seems to fill up just after prime dinner hours.

If your not after Bac-like ambiance, or dirt cheap take away prices, then Tree Country Bistro fills that need. A clean, no frills restaurant with decent food and great value.

Tree Country Bistro
1803 Coventry Rd
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
(216) 321-0644

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  1. We've really enjoyed it there, but haven't made it back in a while. I don't remember the Kim Chee offhand, but I thought there was supposed to be a certain amount of funk (although I guess that can be overdone).

  2. I like funky kim chee, but this had more funk than George Clinton.