Portland >Food & Dining > Belmont Pearl Restaurant
2534 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.516348 -122.639344
Tuesday 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Buckman, Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program
Bad fried rice? – Okay I really tried to give the Belmont Pearl a chance. A friend had told us to eat there so we gave it a shot. Our first visit there we noticed how great the service was. The menu had a very broad selection to choose from (Chinese,Thai and Japanese dishes). The waitress was very friendly and gave us lots of suggestions. My spouse and I decided to both go with the egg fu young (which I don't think is on the menu anymore). However the dish was very disappointing. The flavors were off and it just was not that good. It did not taste like any egg fu young I had ever had. We ended up ordering something else and it was a little better, but not memorable. My spouse said she would never go back again because the food was "terrible".
So this week I wanted fried rice and my usual spot (Pad Thai Kitchen) was closed. Awhile had passed since our first visit to Belmont Pearl and I decided to give them another chance. Plus I was excited about the free delivery and wanted to use it in the future. This time I had the same friendly service and decided to order my food to go. I did not want a Chinese dish so I went with the Thai fried rice. I asked for medium spicy and food was ready to go in less than 5 minutes. I thought, "Wow that was fast!"
I went home excited to dig in! When I opened the box a strange smell hit my nose. It smelled nothing like Thai food at all. It was also very yellow in color like it had been soaked in turmeric. I took my fist bite. It was hands down the worst fried rice I had EVER had! It had no flavor except for a bitter after taste that reminded me of rancid oil. There was no hot spice what so ever. It did not taste like curry so I assumed the yellow spice was just turmeric. Sometimes bad fried rice can be good (like cheap food court rice). This really was BAD fried rice! It was too late to get a refund because they were closed. So I chucked the rice in the garbage and ordered a pizza. My spouse just said, " I told you so." I will be sticking with Pad Thai Kitchen from now on.
yay for chinese food delivery in SE! – My favorite delivery place in SE! Unlike the person before, I have found them to be REALLY speedy and always under quote me on delivery time. They are friendly and the food is great. Sometimes the food is better than other days, but if you stick to the chinese dishes, you won't be disappointed. I have tried a few of the the tai dishes and they have been ok, but not amazing. One of my favorite hot and sour soups ever! Will really kick a winter cold's butt. Please support this local restaurant and the atmosphere for sit down is great too! their weekday lunch specials are really cheap and the portions are BIG!
Poor delivery time – I ordered some dinner from Belmont Pearl, they didn't deliver for over an hour and a half. Come on, don't say you deliver if you cant get the food to the doorstep within 20 minutes. I only live 20 blocks away. Very poor customer service, I am very unhappy.
Amazing! Some of the best dishes Portland has to offer, very busy on weekends – This is a great place, like the previous poster mentioned, the crab puffs are REALLY good. The dishes have great flavor, you can tell they know what they are doing. The curry Tofu is one of my favorites. I've been there for lunch a few times too, the specials are a pretty good deal.
Worst Orange Chicken – I too was in the mood for Chinese takeout but was disappointed with the quality. The Orange Chicken was doused in ketchup, water and sweetener. Sorry ?Belmont Pearl? you can't fool another Asian.
I know that trick too!
The beef is day old cooked meat with a strange rubbery texture sauced with cornstarch and water to elongate the flavor. The next day when you have left overs throw it out because it?s already indigestible.
They're cheap on the entrees bulking it up with rice noodles, carrots and lettuce. Plus the deep fried appetizers are soggy by the time they get to you.
Save the money and go to 82nd Avenue where the Asians take pride in their dishes.
I've lived in many places and usually the cheap "under the train tracks" Chinese food takeout joints serve better food than this slop.
The only reason I keep going back is due to the lack of good take out in the area.
All around great classic chinese food! – I was craving take-out chinese and thought I'd scan the reviews on CitySearch. This place had all good reviews so far, and I was NOT disappointed. The food was very tasty for the price. We ordered an assortment; pork fried rice, sweet and sour chicken, garlic vegi chicken, egg drop soup, and some crab wontons. Everything was delicious, and not too greasy. The vegis were very fresh and good quality. Best of all though, we got a great amount of food for a very reasonable price, and delivered at that! They have a really good selection on their menu and I will definitely be ordering from them again next time I'm in the mood for chinese.
Mouthwatering Chinese delivery! – I was searching for a good Chinese delivery place and saw some good reviews of the Belmont Pearl, so I went to their website to check out their menu. On the front page it boldly announces their free delivery and lists the limits of that: your meal must be at least $20 and you must be within their delivery area. The price limit was fine as I was ordering for four and would be well over $20. I was about a mile outside of their delivery area, though. I decided to call anyway and see if they would deliver to me, and the man who answered said yes without hesitation. He was very polite and very easy to understand during the conversation (I don't say that to be rude to anyone else, but it is an issue with some Chinese restaurants). He indicated it would be about 35-45 minutes for our meal to arrive, and it ended up only being about 30! When the delivery guy arrived he called first to confirm he was at the right place, and was very polite when he came to the door. All the food was delicious, the servings were generous, and they even throw in some California rolls with some of their items at no extra charge. Also they gave us a generous amount of steamed rice for free, while many other Chinese restaurants make you pay for it. Overall, I have no complaints about this restaurant and highly recommend it.
Excellent service and food – I've been here twice now and have always had amazing service and food. The cashew nut chicken and orange pepper chicken is so tasty. Everything is really fresh and made to order. I was a bit doubtful of this place when we pulled up the first time because it was empty but I was sure glad we ate there. The second time we went it was much busier but the service never lacked.
Excellent Food and Service – Went there with my girlfriend on a friday night and had a fabulous meal. The service was spot on and the food was excellent at a very reasonable price. I highly recommend this restaurant. It has a variety of Chinese, Japanese and Thai dishes.
Unexpected surprise! – There was a distinct lack of good Chinese food in SE Portland...until now. We ordered a Chinese dish, Thai dish and two appetizers and dinner was amazing. I was hesitant to try the Belmont Pearl because it's hard to believe a single restaurant could do more than one Asian cuisine well. The food tasted fresh and was not greasy like some Chinese food. The veggies were crisp and the flavor was perfect. I would definately recommend this place and for now it is my new favorite take-out restaurant!!
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