Michael Bauer Likes the Cocktails, Not Much Else at the New E&O

A rendering of the remodel, which he compares to 'Star Trek,' but says is handsome.

Noting that the restaurant "has had its ups and downs in the food department" over its fifteen years, Michael Bauer returns to E&O; Asian Kitchen (formerly known as E&O; Trading Company for a remodel this summer) for his update review this week. He says the new look is "attractive and dramatic" and the new cocktails by bartender Carlos Yturria are "creative [and] fun." He revels in an innovative presentation of raw salmon crudo, but his pleasures from the food menu end there. He ended up with a pork tenderloin that was "stone-cold" and served with "a timid black bean sauce," and he's none too pleased with the fried local cod fillet or Koda Farms Heirloom Rice stir-fry either. All told: a "timid" two stars. [Chron]