Portland >Food & Dining > Kesone Thai Lao Bistro
2600 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR | Directions 9723245.528223 -122.639085
Neighborhoods: Kerns, Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program
Consistently Good Thai Food – Five stars reflects a combination of consistently good Thai food, decent service, reasonable price, and large quantity. This is the neighborhood restaurant we go to at least once a month when we don't want to cook because we know we will always like what we get, and feel that we got good value. Along with other dishes that vary over time, we always get M2, which features lettuce leaves, sorrel leaves, and a savory, crispy filling of peanuts, coconut, choice of meats or tofu, onions, and spices that is hard to describe but immensely satisfying. Other favorites include duck in red curry sauce and eggplant and zucchinis in green curry sauce. The Tom Kha soup is excellent.
awful service, decent food – Plenty of good Thai food in Portland, no need to put up with such bad service to get decent Thai food. Try Chaba Thai just a bit further up NE Sandy Blvd., or Som Tum Thai at SE Morrison and Grand.
We arrived a little before 7pm, only two other parties in the dining room. Sat down, the tablecloth had some food crumbs on it and was so wrinkled it looked like it had sat in the dryer for a day or two. Someone came right away, brought us water in dirty glasses, yes all the water glasses were dirty, and took our appetizer order. It took forever before someone came back to take our order, we were starving and tired and frustrated. Finally our appetizer came, the spring rolls tasted good but they were really greasy and the grease was dark brown. Ew. Got some Thai iced tea, it was really thin tasting, like they were awfully stingy with the dairy products. Not worth the $2.50. Another very long wait and our food finally arrived, it was good, not shockingly good but perfectly adequate, but not even close to worth putting up with everything else.
Kesone's is delicious! – I love the food. It is fresh and delicious. I usually get the Cashew Chicken, but sometimes try something new and am never disappointed. The prices are good and you get a lot. I always take some home and have it for lunch the next day. Friends I take there always love it, too.
The Best – I live very close by, but even if i didn't my opinion of their food would not differ. I have lived all over, and thai restaurants are rarely hard to find. But good ones are another story. I have never been disappointed by the food here. And i have rather high standards.
I'm vegetarian, so i usually order the tofu green curry. it's utter perfection. tons of tofu and fresh veggies perfectly cooked al dente. they never skimp, and most places do for some reason...which really pisses me off.
The flavors are perfectly balanced between spicy, salty, and sweet. Never too much of one or the other.
The fresh spring rolls are yum, and the pad thai and pad kee mao are always plentiful and satifying.
I usually stick to those few things, so can't speak for the rest of the menu. But i highly recommend taking the trip over to Sandy and checking it out.
The atmosphere of the interior is the only downfall. If only they could dim the lighting a bit. Still worth it to experience the flavors....
Worst Thai food I've ever had – I met a friend here for dinner because it was on our way to a meeting and because of the great CitySearch reviews.
When I arrived, the door was propped open slightly with a board. When I tried to open the door, it was stuck on the board. The owner watched me struggling, but he made no move to help me. Finally, I was able to yank open the door and join my friend at a table.
We looked at the menu, which had been placed on the dinner plates and made our selections. After waiting for about 10 minutes and looking over at the owner a few times, I finally asked him whether we needed to come to the counter to order. (We were the only people in the restaurant.) He then called to his wife, who emerged from her hiding place behind the counter and took our order.
Our orders came fairly promptly. My chicken breast chef's special and my friend's tofu Pad Thai both came with lots of overripe broccoli with yellow flowers.
When I tried the chicken breast, it tasted like it had gone bad, so I didn't eat any more of it.
Instead, my friend and I split the Pad Thai, which was OK, but dry and unimaginative. (I've eaten at dozens of Thai restaurants in the Portland metro area, and it was the worst I'd ever had.)
The waitress never returned to the table to ask how things were or to fill our water glasses. She only returned after we pushed our plates to the edge of the table to indicate that we were done. Then, she asked if we wanted to box the leftovers.
I told her that I didn't want the chicken breast, because it didn't taste good. She asked what was wrong with it, and I told her that it tasted old. She left and returned with the bill, charging us for both dishes. I paid for the meal, but didn't leave a tip. This is the first time in my life that I've left a restaurant without leaving a good tip.
Best Thai food, ever! – We were visiting Portland and chose this restaurant for proximity and a coupon they offered. The food was so good and so inexpensive that we wished we were local and could work our way down the menu, one item at a time! Everything we ate was wonderful: soups, entrees, desserts, teas. We highly recommend.
We are unfamiliar with Portland and the restaurant was a bit difficult to spot. BUT - it's worth the search.
Awesome Pad Thai! – I went here for the first time a few weeks ago, and was definitely impressed. The best pad thai I've ever had, and I've had several at many different Thai places. I ordered it mild, and was pleasantly surprised when it had just a kick of spice to it, unlike other places where the mild is just mild and kind of bland.
Cannot remember the name of my appetizer, but it was ground chicken in triangular shaped wonton bread, very good and they didn't skimp on the chicken either (unlike other Thai places).
My other diners enjoyed their meals too, and the service was quick, friendly, and the prices were very affordable.
My portion of Pad Thai was so large I had leftovers of about 2 more servings. Cannot wait to go again!!!
BEST THAI RESTAURANT IN TOWN – I like to think I am a discriminating restaurant patron. My wife and I eat out three to five times a week. Kesone's is without a doubt our new favorite Thai food restaurant. Admittedly, the menu could be a bit larger, but the food is expertly prepared and portions are generous. We usually have food left over to take home. Did I mention that Kesone (the owner/ waitress) is a warm, charming hostess? Try it, you'll like.
Really be desperate before you decide to go here. – 1st visit, went here to pick up the pad thai, it wasn't too bad but for the price there is much better places to go to, the portions were ok but not enough to have left overs. The thing that bothered me the most was that she asked me to tip for a pick up order and when I said no she seemed mad.
2nd visit, I got something but I can't remember what it was, I remember it wasn't good enough to get on my 3rd visit. The price was also pretty expensive for the portions that I received, and this time she asked me not if I wanted to tip, but how much, and I said $1. I'm not a cheap person but I don't know any place that you tip when you pick up an order, and she also seemed angry with that tip.
3rd and my final visit (1 hour ago), I got the sweet princess curry lunch special which was a pretty good price ($6.50) but then again it wasn't for how much I got, the smallest portion of asian food that I have ever got, not to mention that the curry was all over the bag because they don't box it up, and for being a lunch special I thought it would fill me up with it didn't. My experience ended with her again asking if I wanted to tip on a pick up order (which have been all my orders) and just like the first time I said no and again she had a scowl on her face.
Just know the person asking for tips is the owner Kesone, which I guarntee if you pick up an order she will ask you to tip, she lost my business and I'm sure many others with her angry face when you tell her no. The food is alright but the portions/ quality is not worth the price, the only tip I can give her is to buy low and sell high because I don't like her attitude and will never return because of it. If you don't believe me try it yourself.
If you want the best Thai food and best service I would say try Chaba Thai, I have had so many good experiences with them, and there food is around the same price as Keson but MUCH MUCH better!
Delicious Larb – I have this weird trait -- every time that I go to a Thai place I order the chicken larb. Not very original but as a result I am kind of a larb expert (well you gotta start somewhere). Anyway, the chicken larb here is exceptional. Not oily (a common problem at other Thai places) and a nice mixture of spices. Highly recommended.
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