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[PDX] Taeva Thai & Lao Restaurant

Nick | Nov 4, 200410:47 PM

I saw a new Thai restaurant the other day just east of 205 on Sandy (on my way to La Iguana Feliz, of course). It's at 10534 NE Sandy Blvd, where a Russian restaurant used to be, I believe. They've been open for about two months.

The menu is pretty typical with only a couple items you won't find in most other Thai restaurants. However, the prices are very good. Nearly all entrees for dinner are $7.95. All lunch entrees are $5.95. They also have appetizers, most of which are $3.50. Soups are mostly $6.95 and the ligher salads are $5.95.

I ordered the papaya salad for $5.95. The waitress (a Lao girl who is a friend of the family and speaks perfect English) recommended it because the cook that night makes it good. I also ordered the Lao sausage, one of the few Lao specialties and items not found on most Thai menus ($7.95).

I ordered the salad Thai spicy -- actually, I said I wanted it how the cook thought it should be served. It was quite spicy. Apparently the cook said she made one better earlier and that if I didn't like it, she'd make me another one. I thought it was pretty good. Fishier than most places which was balanced by the intense heat. I think most places use too little fish sauce. It was a very large portion, btw.

The sausage was also a large serving. I'd guess there was a pound of meat at least. It was served with very fresh romaine leaves, tomatoess, and sticky rice. The sausage is made by the mother of the owners, I think. It was quite good, with a prominent sourness, large pieces of herbs, a good texture, and a snap to the outside. I very much liked it and even now I am enjoying the burps.

The place itself is pleasant inside, with simple but nice decor, much like Sukhothai. They were very slow, though, at 7:00p. I was the only one there. Apparently they're busier at lunch.

I suggested they add some more Lao specialties and they said they're working on it. I hope so. I'd like to get back there to try some basics, but the sausage was very good and the papaya salad was good as well. I'd highly recommend trying the sausage. They could have just been being nice or taking extra care with me because I showed some interest, but they seemed to truly care about the food.

btw, apparently there's a Lao version of drunken noodles they do that's not on the normal menu. Supposedly sweeter. Also, they have a banquet room for parties and such. They have a list of drinking foods not on their menu that they make, too, usually for parties. If you're a drinker, it might be worth asking about them.

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