Cha ba Thai is a great Thai restaurant near Sandy and Fremont that serves authentic Thai dishes at reasonable lunch and dinner prices. Many Portlanders consider this to be the best Thai food in Portland. They can make any of the dishes as spicy as you like. Their curries and pad thai are a lunch favorite. They offer a wide variety of Thai food including grilled beef salad, crab fried rice, corn fritters, eggplant stir fry, Tom Yum soup, and sausage salad rolls. They also serve Thai tea and Thai coffee. They are open for lunch and dinner everyday, except on Sundays when they only serve dinner. Chaba Thai has another location on Alberta Street.
Recommended for Asian because: Chaba Thai makes some of the best Thai food in Portland and their prices are low.
Meagan's expert tip: Be sure to try the pork pad kee Mao
Spare and hip, this celebrated restaurant features subtle coloring, a wealth of mirrors and some of the most stylish pan-Asian cuisine in town. A cool crowd frequents Saucebox and can't seem to get enough of the beautiful, palate-pleasing dishes, which pare Asian cuisine down to its essence. Roasted Javanese salmon is the fantastic house specialty; other great options include Asian chicken salad, noodle bowls, lemongrass beef and rich curries. Desserts are simple but elegant as well; just look to the coconut sorbet or chocolate pot de cr?me for proof. And make sure to come back later on at night. In the evenings, there's a great bar scene, specialty cocktails and DJs or live music.
Recommended for Asian because: Saucebox has been a top Asian food restaurant in Portland for years and continues to be.
Meagan's expert tip: Be sure to try a Thai Basil Martini and a soft shell crab bun.
Thien Hong is a Chinese restaurant in Northeast Portland that is known for their salt peppered squid and they have continued to live up to the hype their customers have created. In fact Thien Hong's pepper salted squid is still considered to be the best in all of Portland, even after all these years. They are not only know for the salt peppered squid, because they do have a large menu with lots of other good chinese food choices like Fried Chicken, Yang Chow Fried Rice, Kung Pao Chicken, Ginger Chicken or Crab, and Fish Maw soup. What ever kind of craving you are having for Chinese food they are sure to have it.
Recommended for Asian because: Thien Hong has the best salt peppered squid in Portland.
Meagan's expert tip: Be sure and try the salt peppered squid.
Departure restaurant and lounge is found in downtown Portland inside the Nines Hotel. They serve their own signature cocktail creations, like the Three Headed Elephant and Crazy 88. The bar is well stocked so they can make almost any cocktail for you. The atmosphere is lively and bright. Most the décor is white. They serve interesting food too that they refer to as modern Portland Asian cuisine. Food offerings include sushi, dim sum, and kushiyaki. They also offer a vegan menu. They also have an awesome roof top patio area. They offer happy hour from 4-6 PM daily , again from 10 PM - midnight Sunday through Thursday, and from 11 PM to close on Fridays and Saturdays.
Recommended for Asian because: The food is good and the view is unbeatable.
Meagan's expert tip: Go during happy hour for substantial savings on food and drinks.
Aviary is a restaurant in the Alberta Arts district that consistently lives up to the hype created by their dining guests and local food bloggers. Aviary serves innovative Asian Fusion cuisine. Most of the food served is a small plate, but not as small as tapas. Not only is the food thoughtfully presented, but it's actually good too and locally sourced. Popular dishes include the tempura green beans served with green curry sauce, Japanese eggplant, skate wing, and red curry braised goat. They also serve their own signature cocktails, including the popular Brix Layer cocktail. Happy hour is Monday thru Friday from 5 - 7 PM.
Recommended for Asian because: Aviary is an extremely popular restaurant and a locals favorite.
Meagan's expert tip: Be adventurous and try the crispy chicken skin salad.
Khao San features a simple menu consisting of small plates allowing guests to try the different flavors of what the Thai culture has to offer. They use authentic Asian vegetables, when in season, like apple eggplants, holy basil, and Asian cucumbers.Their signature desserts comprise of many flavors from Thailand including Thai Tea flavored ice cream and macaroons. All of their food is made from scratch using local products and ingredients. Not only is their food awesome, but their restaurant is cool too. They brought over a Tuk Tuk booth from Thailand that you can sit in inside their restaurant. Kid's love sitting inside of it!
Recommended for Asian because: Khao San is an incredibly unique and tasty Thai food restaurants in Portland.
Meagan's expert tip: Try to get the Tuk Tuk booth imported from Thailand.
Serving some of the best Thai in Portland, Oregon is Mee-Sen Thai Eatery on Mississippi Avenue in north Portland. The restaurant has a killer vibe, but it's the food that really makes it a standout. The menu is extensive and all the dishes are just right, fresh and flavorful. Oh and did I mention how cheap it is to eat here. A bowl of Tom Yum is only $6. Plus they have happy hour daily from 3PM – 6PM AND 9PM – close and all day Tuesday with $1 off all beer and wine and $.50 off small noodle bowls.
Recommended for Asian because: Mee-Sen Thai Eatery has some of the best Thai food in Portland and it's cheap.
Meagan's expert tip: If you are unsure what to order pick out one of their Tom Yum soups.
Nak Won is quite possibly the best Korean restaurant in the greater Portland area and worth a drive out to Beaverton just to dine here.. At Nak Won you can enjoy large portions of Bulgogi, Bibimbap, Kimchi Pork Belly, Black Bean Noodle, Tofu soup, and so much more. No matter what you eat, you are served a variety of banchan (side dishes) at no extra cost like their Korean version of potato salad. Their Korean pancakes are outrageously good, so be sure to get one in addition to whatever else you ordered. Nak Won also offers some Korean barbeque options.
Recommended for Asian because: Nak Won is a wonderful Korean restaurant in the greater Portland metro.
Meagan's expert tip: Don't be shy, try all the bachan (side dishes) that come with your meal. Their potato salad is outstanding!
Pok Pok a strictly Thai restaurant in Portland, Oregon is the creation of Andy Ricker. He won the James Beard award for best chef because of Pok Pok. Here you will find all the authentic dishes you could expect to find walking the streets of downtown Bangkok. They use as many locally grown organic ingredients as possible, and their menu is completely free of MSG and features dishes that all are either vegan or can easily be made so. There's no doubt, if you want to eat genuine Thai food, this is as close as you can get without leaving the country.
Recommended for Asian because: The food is out of this world and the experience is fun too.
Meagan's expert tip: No matter what you decide to order be sure and try their famous wings.