The follow article is published here with the permission of Southern Oregon Magazine.

Spicy, Savory, Sweet


Theatre-goers strolling through Vogel Plaza toward the Craterian Ginger Rodgers Theatre have been recently surprised to find a new sushi restaurant where the old Corks Wine Bar used to be. Diners who venture into Misoya Bistro find that it’s not just a sushi bar, either–the little restaurant offers Asian Pacific cuisine ranging from spicy Korean dishes to favorite Chinese specialties. Whether you’re in the mood for elaborate sushi art, tempura or tantalizing chicken teriyaki, Misoya Bistro will delight you with the freshness, exquisite tastes, artful presentation and reasonable cost of their multicultural food.

Tae and Su Han, also owners of the Bonsai Teriyaki restaurant in Ashland, opened Misoya Bistro in April 2011, looking for a change of style wherein they would create dishes beyond just sushi and teriyaki and explore more uncommonly known dishes like Korean seafood pancakes and spicy beef noodle soup. Says Tae Han, “I just love my job and I have a passion for making good food, so I wanted to be able to do more.” While Han can substitute in anyone’s place in the kitchen, he has hired with great care a handful of extremely knowledgeable cooks who each has his or her own area of specialty.

Misoya is open until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights, and the Hans say that diners are delighted to find such an appetizing, conveniently located restaurant open late in Medford, especially well for dining before or after a visit to the theatre. Misoya Bistro’s patio seating under red umbrellas makes enjoying enticing food on Vogel Plaza in the warm twilight a relaxing treat. Inside the restaurant, a classy setup of hardwood floors, stately draperies, warmly contrasting wall colors, both modern and Asian, put diners in the mood to have a drink from the full bar and see what new culinary delights they can discover.
My own experience with Misoya Bistro is one that will have me frequently coming back. Han specially prepared a custom Imperial Salad consisting of seared tuna, tobiko, fresh mixed greens, green onion, rice noodles and one of his secret, special sauces. Once I had enjoyed every last bite, it made me look forward to the next time I could order that salad again!

Customers in the early months of the restaurant’s business have raved about rolls like the Mochi roll, which has spicy salmon, rice and veggies rolled in rice paper, or the rice-less Moon River roll which features five different types of fish wrapped in cucumber. If raw is not to your liking, an array of cooked dishes from salmon teriyaki to spicy pork tempura or even beef spare ribs will satisfy the cooked-meat eater in you.

Big parties planning special events can count on Misoya Bistro to make particular arrangements for their special occasion. If you’re just stopping through Medford, try a few selections from the take-out menu, and don’t forget a delectable dessert, which Su Han makes herself daily. With reasonable prices, intensely superb food in large portions and an inviting atmosphere, Misoya Bistro is a welcome gem in Medford.

While savoring my Mochi ice cream in green tea, mango and strawberry, I heard the diner behind me comment to her friends, “Well, now we know of a good restaurant to come to that’s right by the theatre.”®

CHOW Restaurant Spotlight
WORDS BY Lindsay Dove
88 • Autumn 2011

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