Portland >Food & Dining > Silk By Pho Van Vietnamese
1012 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720945.526421 -122.681350
Mon-Sat 11am-3pm, 5pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: Neighbors West - Northwest, Pearl
When simple, fresh ingredients are brought together, such as ginger and lemongrass or garlic and turmeric, the resulting flavor becomes larger than the sum of its parts. The dishes coming out of Silk's kitchen are evidence of this, as is the front of house, where plates of traditional Vietnamese cuisine are paired with a sleek, modern dining room. The outcome is an exalted approach to ordinarily humble recipes.
Probably Portland’s most high-end pho experience, this is the Pho Van empire’s schmancier spot—your pho comes with side of posh decor and snazzy Pearl people. And during their daily Silky Hour (not making that up), it’s only $4.
Great for socializing and romanticism, but didn't get full off food. Had to run to Taco Bell after. – Exceptional bartender. Food was upper class, but not too filling. Great atmosphere and very friendly staff.
Terrific high-end Vietnamese cuisine at moderate prices – I don't get it - the negative reviews of this wonderful restaurant. I've had lunch here once (or more often) a week for the past few years, and dinner several times a month. Have brought tourists here as well as friends. (Happy Hour is nearly unbelievably inexpensive for what you get.) Silk is high-end cuisine without high-end prices. Some of the things we've liked most at lunch or dinner: the appetizers: "toastettes," beef salad, the freshest salad rolls (aka spring rolls) with peanut dipping sauce, lotus salad, seared ahi tuna, crispy fried spring rolls. The seafood soups are excellent. Presentation is beautiful. Occasionally the service has been slow, especially compared to places where they RUSH you. However - "slow" service is the genuine article in a lot of the world (people like to take their time in a restaurant - and I didn't find it offensive here. If at the outset you tell them you're in a hurry you will likely be accomodated. Note regarding authenticity: I've eaten street food and high-end food in Hanoi and Silk measures up just fine. Some of the organ meats that find their way into soups in Vietnam would NOT be welcomed by the great majority of Portland diners and I don't think Silk is unreasonable to skip them. All is all, a wonderful restaurant.
Silk rocks! – Some of the best food I've had in Portland. Delicious! My friends and I go whenever we can. Mmmm. See you there!
Exhoribant prices, decent food, definitely not authentic. – Went for a Wednesday night dinner and place was still quite busy for a weekday evening. Neat environment, and seemed like a trendy restaurant that fits into the Pearl environs they are trying to create. As we were with a large group, we just ordered family style and shared.
Pho-was actually decent and as i have spent time in Vietnam, the quality of the broth is everything. This one was good (best in town is Pho Oregon), but I couldn't believe that they only offered 2 types of meat, chicken and beef. They have obviously catered to the euro/american diner and have forgone the typical meats you would fine in Pho (tripe, tendon, etc...)
The rest of the meal was quite good, however it was unexpected. Definitely was not authentic nor traditional Vietnamese fare, so I would advertise the place as a Vietnamese fusion restaurant. The bar was hopping and we heard that they have the same owners as the previous restaurant, Pho Oregon, but just changed names so they could open a bar and get the license. Makes sense, but didn't have a chance to try some of the drinks that other reviewers glowed about.
Prices were quite high, but on par for other Pearl restaurants, so this will be a sporadic choice for me.
Silk experience – I took a date to silk two weeks ago, we were seated very quickly and the hostess was extremely nice. We happened to have a great pation seat, which was nice to people watch and talk to my date at the same time. We order the spring rolls for an apetizer and took our time choosing the antres. When the waitor came back to take the rest of our orders we still had not gotten our spring rolls. I had noticed the two tables next to us had already gotten theirs. I had to go to the host station and ask the hostest if we could get our spring rolls after about 20 minutes b/c I could not find our waitor. She was very nice and went back to the kitchen and we finally got them after a total of 30 min. We ordered the braised duck and carmalized shrimp. Both antres were great and enjoyable. The waitor was not very knowledgable about the menu so he could not help us choosing anything. I liked how he was honest but still frustrating that their staff did not know the food they were selling. A positive to the night was the decor, I loved the location and the interior of everything. The hostes was the one person from the staff that actually smiled and thanked be for coming in. Thank you! She also made sure that our drinks were always full or taken care of.
Expensive, indifferent service, left hungry--a Pearl district tourist trap – My wife and I were noticed Silk while walking the Pearl during first Thursdays--I wish we'd never seen the place. We were seated quickly on a Saturday night at peak dinner hour, which in hindsight was a bad sign since everyplace else we tried was crowded with up to an hour wait. Although the decor looks hip and well-appointed from the sidewalk, once seated we realized it's just a well-lighted veneer. The seats are cheap and uncomfortable, and the flat black ceiling complete with plumbing and ductwork reminds you of a dirty warehouse nightclub--sorry it was really hard to ignore. We started with some dull and flavorless salad rolls that tasted like they'd been sitting out since lunch. This was followed by a Salmon dish for myself and "Shaken Beef" fillet for my wife. The grilled Salmon was served over a half cup of lifeless vermicelli noodles, nothing special for $18. I've had better at half a dozen lunchtime Bento joints for less than half the price. The "Shaken Beef" was actually cooked and seasoned nicely, but there was hardly enough of it for her, let alone enough to share. At $24 for the plate I would have expected it to be accompanied by a side dish, and it was: a thimble full of dry "Jasmin" rice. After watching her eat the entire entree and "side dish" in about three minutes, I realized she was still hungry when she started picking at the two unripe tomato slices--does this count as a second side dish? Honestly, at this point we started joking that we had such a glut of ripe tomatoes from our garden that perhaps we should drop a few off. In sum, we left hungry after paying the $65 tab, and ended up going to Macaroni Grill to split an order of Seafood Fettuccine. Places like this make a killing on the unwary by taking advantage of a good location and some slick lighting. Stay away from this overpriced tourist trap.
don't go there – silk so bad vietnamese food NOT! imitate food for american bad service , food taste so bad that went i think of it make me sick fancy location this restaurant should relocate somewhere else. vietnamese people don't go this kind of restaurant cause they are not original.
Best bar, and the most fun. Great drinks and yummy food! – I just love Silk. What a great place. The staff is so friendly, the bartenders are hot, and the drinks are SO good. Had my family visiting from Los Angeles recently, and they loved it. Great meal and everyone had an awesome time.
Silk should be renamed Polyester. – Poor service. Food's nothing special. -- Sorry to say, I have to agree with the other reviewer who felt the service was VERY slow. It took forever to be seated. They forgot my drink order and the tea was awful, especially for being Asian. The host did not announce my name at an audible level, and when didn't respond sat someone ahead of us rather than walk a few feet and announce the name again. Waiter was slightly rude at "pay-up time." Appetizers were ok. For a Pearl district restaurant at lunch, I expected a whole lot more for a $50 lunch. What a shame! Go somewhere else. There are plenty of other options than Silk.
Great place! – Visited on a Thursday night and the food, service, and ambience were exceptional. Tasy and imaginative drink selection.
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