Kat Wok

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We stayed over in Ashland last Thanksgiving (November 2003), and of course we wanted to find a good place to go eat. There doesn't seem to be a lack of nice, slightly-pricey restaurants in downtown Ashland, the kind of restaurants you expect theater afficionados to flock to. We decided on Kat Wok because we had read good things about it in the internet, it was close to our hotel and we figured it was worth a try. We were right.

The Kat Wok occupies a long, narrow space in downtown Ashland. It has a sleek urban look and very little lighting. It functions as a nightclub on weekend nights. I can't say much more about the atmosphere because we were banished to a table between its two main dining rooms with a not-so-lovely view of the kitchen door. Seating was only on one side, so we couldn't even look at each other comfortably. If I was going to go there again, I'd insist that they put us at a normal table.

Kat Wok calls itself a Pan-Asian restaurant and indeed its menu reflects several East Asian culinary traditions, fusioned to some extent. There is also a sushi bar, which we didn't try. Prices are on the high side, with appetizers at $7-9, noodles and salads reaching $16 and entrees in the $13-20 range. They were almost worth it.

Mike and I shared a Masaman Pork appetizer ($8), it didn't taste like Thai masaman curry but was very tasty nonetheless, and went very well with the plum sauce. We'd order it again.

As an entree, I had the Thai Tay ($13), Kat Wok's version of chicken satay served with Indonesian peanut sauce. It was also quite good, though not memorable. Much better were Mike's Korean Style Sticky Ribs ($16); the baby back ribs were fall-of-the-bone tender and delicious in the rich Korean sauce. They are highly recommended.

Mika was getting tired by then so we skipped dessert. Service was competent though not outstanding.

In all, we'd go back to Kat Wok though we'd insist on being seated elsewhere.

Kat Wok
62 East Main Street
Ashland, Oregon