Sarah was in the mood for sushi the other night, but I was more up for some other kind of Asian. Tree Country Bistro provided the perfect answer to our dilemma.
Located in the old Que Tal space on Coventry, Tree Country features Sushi, Thai and Korean dishes. The Korean is what really pulled me in as I don’t know of any other Korean places, at least in the neighborhood.
The use of the space is much improved from the Que Tal days. The restaurant is cozy but very tastefully and colorfully decorated. And the window onto Coventry feels much better utilized than before. It’s as if the space got a Gordon Ramsay-style makeover.
We were very happy with everything we ordered. We decided to try the fresh steamed edamame for an appetizer as we had only had frozen before. Fresh is more tender and flavorful. Even Jonathan really enjoyed them.
Sarah ordered the Cucumber and California Maki Rolls($4.50 each), which held up well against the other sushi in the area. Everything was fresh and tasty, and the butterfly-shaped cut carrot was almost too pretty to eat. The wasabi is particularly potent here, so use it with caution.
He repeatedly stated that it was “the best dinner ever!” I felt sad that being a bit beyond the “10 and under” limit, I won’t ever be able to order from this menu, which also includes a few other options. The kid’s items are generally $7 each and were posted on a board separate from the regular menu.
I ordered the Kimchibokum ($13.95) from the “Korean Specialties” section and was very happy with it.
The dish consists of spicy pork, kimchi (fermented cayenne spiced cabbage) and tofu. The flavors are very unique and difficult to describe, with overtones of sweet, sour and hot. Some online reviewers complained of overly mild spicing, but they’re happy to season your food to order. I was told that the Kimchibokum was “medium” spiced and requested that they make mine “hot.” They were happy to oblige. The dish also comes with an excellent Miso Soup.
The prices at Tree Country are generally good, especially for the Thai dishes, but beware of the 22 oz. Sapporo. While mine went perfectly with the meal, I was a bit shocked upon receiving the bill to see that it was $8.95. This is about twice the cost of 22 oz. of premium draft beer across the street at the Winking Lizard and about the same cost as a six pack of Sapporo at the store. I have no idea if other beer prices are more reasonable as they’re not listed anywhere.
Both the food and the service at Tree Country were excellent, and we’ll definitely visit again!