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Green Papaya (PDX)

DownTownBrown | May 15, 200506:39 PM

Has anyone else been here? I've been a few times, and they are always slow, which is a shame. Billed as an "upscale Vietnamese bistro," the food is consistently good and the service is some of the best I've had in Portland. My friend and I went the other night - I had the scallops in garlic sauce (an excellent value at just $12) and he had chicken served in a pot of curried coconut milk. He ordered it "medium" spiced, and it had a nice heat to it that offset the sweetness of the coconut. The house drinks are great too - especially the lavender martini and the raspberry gimlet.

The decor is best described as fanciful - round white paper lanterns fill the ceiling, and comfortable booths line the walls. The dishes are unique as well, all different shapes and patterns, all tasteful rather than garish. I am always greeted by the same friendly faces, and though the food and ambiance are wonderful, there is not a single air of pretensiousness.

The value here is great to begin with, but if you really want a steal, come for the happy hour 4-6 daily or 9-12 Thurs. - Sat. where appetizers are a measly $2. There are other menu items on the happy hour menu for $3-5 as well.

Just wanted to generate a some buzz about this little place; it seems largely undiscovered and I think they deserve a shot!

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