Portland >Food & Dining > Seres Restaurant
1105 NW Lovejoy, Portland, OR | Directions 9720945.530204 -122.682575
Monday - Thursday:
11am - 10pm
Friday and Saturday:
Neighborhoods: Pearl, Neighbors West - Northwest
This elegant Pearl District Chinese restaurant has one of the best happy hours in the city--daily from 3-7pm (all night on Tuesday), you have your pick of 20 classic dishes, from egg flower soup to sweet & sour shrimp, all ranging between $2-$6, plus $5 wine and $6 cocktails.
Yes, it is a lovely setting, but the food was below mediocre. – I took a friend from out of town recently and was extremely disappointed. They must have new owners or managers since this used to be great place with delicious food and fine service. Food is tasteless and bar service was slow. A big disappointment. Wish we had gone to the "chain" Chinese restaurant in the Pearl since their food is infinitely better.
Sungari did not impress me – Their food on numerous occasions has been over-priced and at best, average quality. The dishes were on the greasy side and lacking sufficient meat and/or vegatables.
This restaurant is in my neighborhood but I still have to order out for good Chinese.
Great Chinese – I was there last night for a girls night out. There were 7 of us and we had excellent service, prompt delivery of the food, which was hot and incredible food (duck rolls, spring rolls, hot and sour soup, SESAME BEEF!!!, mongolian beef, dry cooked beans with chicken, honey glazed prawns with walnuts). I love this place. When my husband and I moved from Berkeley, we thought we'd never find good chinese. This has definitely reached the top of our list for great chinese. One word to the wise, don't look in the back kitchen of any restaurant. Really, what do you expect? What does your kitchen look like on after a big meals been cooked? I never want to know. I just want to eat.
Review from a former employee – As a former employee of Sungari Pearl, I have seen what goes on not only in the front of the restaurant, but the kitchen too. The entire staff (especially the kitchen) takes great pride in making sure every customer enjoys the freshest and best tasting food possible. Of course, as with any small restaurant that deals with the volume of in-house and take-out customers that Sungari Pearl does, sometimes service may not be as efficient on a Saturday night as it is on a Tuesday, but the staff does their best to ensure quality service. As for the cleanliness of the kitchen, I've worked in quite a few restaurants, and Sungari Pearl has the cleanest one I've had the pleasure of working in. I have eaten the food countless times and even though I no longer work there, I'll continue to do so. Sungari Pearl has by far the best chinese food in Portland, not only in my opinion, but also in the opinions of Willamette Weekly readers, as it was voted #1 chinese restaurant in Portland this year. Sure there could be some changes (the Marvin Gaye got switched for Ella Fitzgerald), but overall, Sungari Pearl offers a unique experience unlike anything else in the Pearl, or in all of Portland for that matter.
Tasteless, overpriced food – Not only has the quality of food and service in this place gone down hill in the past couple years but the staff have gotten more rude by the minute. Also - HAVE YOU SEEN THE KITCHEN!!! YUCK! On my last visit I happen to be walking by the kitchen doors when they opened and I looked in WHAT A FILTH PIT! After seeing the kitchen, I will never eat there again
meh – Pretty underwhelming. Nice enough decor, but the most interesting thing was the hostess' blue band-aid on the back of her ankle. The food was really mediocre, the kung pao chicken had no pow, the hot and sour soup was kind of off, and what's up with having nice metal chopsticks and then having paper napkins? And what is up with the motown? Marvin Gaye, on repeat, the entire time.
Avoid unless you are dying for medicore chinese food – Sungari used to be one of our fave places to eat in DT. But ever since 8 months or so ago, the food has taken a HUGE step back. The flavor isnt as good anymore, they use way too much black pepper and the overall experience has declined. Even take out was mediocre at best and they got our order wrong. If you are looking for a chinese restaurant to go to in DT, I would pass on this place especially with what you are getting for the price. There are many other places that would be a better option with better tasting food.
over priced, food only average, not as good as Sungaris on 1st. – We thought Sungari Pearl was the same restaurant as Sungaris on 1st, downtown, but it wasn't. The menu was different and the food was bland. I wouldn't return.
Good food, excellent service, very high prices – I enjoyed the setting, although on first arriving, no wait staff were in evidence. We ended up hollering towards the kitchen to get their attention.
The setting was beautiful, if a bit stark, and the service, once they realized we were there, was excellent. The food was tasty, although the very high prices will probably preclude another visit for lunch. (We accumulated a $75 lunch tab for the two of us--ouch!) Go if you have an expense account, otherwise, there are better choices.
Elegant Chinese food – Delicious and elegant Chinese food by far. The atmoshphere is romantic and quality of food is outstanding. Definitely try the sizzling rice soup - it's a nice change from the classic hot and sour or egg drop soup you might typically have at other restaurants.
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