The traditional and “novo Andean” cuisine, accompanied by live Latin music and authentic regional art, make Andina a Peruvian mecca in the Pearl. Among the traditional recipes, try the lamb shank or Incan pork stew with chocolate, alongside flavorful dishes like quinoa risotto, ceviche, empanadas and causa (lime-infused mashed potatoes).
East India Co. Grill & Bar
A wood-charcoal-fired tandoor oven stars inside East India Co. Grill & Bar, a downtown favorite decked with deep-red walls and curtained booths. Meat-craving diners go for chicken tikka masala and lamb bursting with adventurous spices. Vegetarian dishes also shine, including the grilled mushrooms marinated with ginger and lemon.
Experience the charm of a Japanese izakaya at Yakuza, an Alberta Arts District gem with welcoming communal tables and a garden patio. Signature dishes include the scallop tempura with shredded filo, Kobe tartare, sashimi and sushi, all paired with inventive cocktails or saké. But there’s no shame in ordering a burger: Yakuza’s celebrated twist on the American classic comes with chèvre and shoestring potatoes.
At Southeast Portland’s popular Thai spot PaaDee, in-the-know diners pull a handle on a wall-mounted meat grinder behind the main room to enter Langbaan, a restaurant inside a restaurant. Here, owner Earl Ninsom and head chef Rassamee Ruaysuntia, a recruit from the world-famous Nahm in Thailand, combine ancient Thai recipes and Oregon produce for 12-course feasts with dishes like smoked mussels over coconut meat and a curry of watermelon, dried snakehead fish and fried shallots.