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Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
This is likely to be the some of the best sushi, the best sashimi, that you experience anywhere near Portland—though unless you live past the West Hills, you’re in for a hell of a trek. It’s worth it. In a half-sunken, hardwood sushi-and-sake bar elegant in its understatedness, bey   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 Matthew Korfhage

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
On Southeast Division Street, beyond the college-extension program and the Taboo porn store, lies Portland’s truest home of Cantonese cuisine. Wong’s King advertises the freshness of its seafood in a mosaic of expensive bubbling green tanks built into the restaurant’s walls, but th   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 Matthew Korfhage

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
Siam Society stands as the site of a former power substation, although it appears from the outside to be more of a Masonic temple. Even with all the industrial style and high-ceilinged capaciousness, the restaurant interior feels cozy as a curtained dinner at the palace. Though the menu is Thai in o   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 Matthew Korfhage

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
So unstoppable has been the dirty-velvet Tex-Mex/fake-Mex revolution, it’s become desperately rare you ever see Mexican restaurants (as opposed to taquerias) that jibe with the best of what’s in the provinces. And while Autentica, too, is no carbon copy of what Mami made (which would be    More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 Matthew Korfhage

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
At most Lebanese restaurants, one wouldn’t consider baba ghanouj a primary delicacy, but Montavilla’s Ya Hala has turned this spiced mashed-eggplant dish into a decidedly unbyzantine art. Their baba is richly smoky thanks to open-flame cooking, its flavor not outmuscled by any of the usu   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 Matthew Korfhage

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
Japanese restaurants in Portland generally live or die by the cuts of their nigiri, their sashimi, the sometimes goofy compilations wrapped up in their maki. And Meiji-En is no slouch in this category. Though the kitchen does make use of international pseudo-Jesus-freak Rev. Moon’s True World    More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 Matthew Korfhage
 

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