Koze: Newest Thai in Town

If there’s something I could tell you that you may not know about me, I would explain my tumultuous relationship with food. Everyday I have a new “favorite thing” which, more often than not, is probably what I’m eating right then. However, among all my confused proclaims of the ‘best thing ever’ one thing has remained consistent, my love for Thai.

Carrot and tofu in a rich broth flavored with cilantro and green onion.

Carrot and tofu in a rich broth flavored with cilantro and green onion.

Naturally I was excited to hear of Fort Wayne’s newest Thai restaurant, Koze Thai Cuisine & Bar. Located in the old O’Charley’s on Lima, just north of Ludwig Rd., the location is not exactly within my normal downtown territory. However that didn’t stop a fellow Thai enthusiast and I from venturing north to try it out. I was familiar with the location, as I’ve eaten at the O’Charley’s that was there before. Koze still maintained much of that chain restaurant feeling. The location was very clean and felt like a more formal dining experience than I’m used to when eating Thai.

Their menu was pretty typical of a Thai restaurant, featuring curry, noodles, and stir fry. I quickly located the one thing that I always

Spicy Thai Basil and Peppers Stir Fry

Spicy Thai Basil and Peppers Stir Fry

use to judge Thai restaurants (mostly because it’s my favorite), Spicy Basil.


Each entree came with a light soup of carrots and tofu, flavored with cilantro and green onion. While the soup was not as hot as I would have liked, the flavor was there. It was a good, clean start to the meal.

When the entrees arrived we were both surprised at the portions  provided. My spicy basil and peppers stir fry was colorful and the vegetables looked bright and delicious. The dish had good heat, which is a priority for me when eating Thai food. The vegetables were crisp and tasted fresh which always makes everything that much better.

Left: Green Curry, Right: Tom Yum Soup

Left: Green Curry, Right: Tom Yum Soup

The green curry, which I did not eat myself, was stocked with plenty of eggplant, bamboo, peppers, and Thai basil. My friend liked the taste of the dish but would have preferred more curry for the amount of coconut milk in the dish. She also ordered Tom Yum Soup which was a red broth soup with vegetables, mushrooms, cilantro, and chicken.

Both of us left with full bellies and that satisfaction that Thai food gives to a person. Next time I go out there I look forward to checking out their cocktail list and some of the other food options including their tapas menu.

Koze Thai Cuisine & Bar


(260) 755-6802

6709 Lima Road

Fort Wayne, IN 46818

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Ryan Krueckeberg

Author: Ryan Krueckeberg

Northeast Indiana Native with a love for my community. Data Analyst by Day. Nerd, Science Enthusiast, Science Fiction Fanatic, and a Self-Proclaimed Lover of Food by Night. @rrkrueck

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