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: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Buckman
Food is amazing – We stopped here for dinner and at first sight thought it might be a mistake, but the service and food were absolutely the best in Portland. With Chinese, Japanese and thai on the menu it was easy to find dishes that everyone enjoyed. The tea was real not bagged and the price was affordable. There just is not a downside to this place.
Best Thai on mainland – My favorite Thai food is back in Hawaii, but this place is the best I have been to on the mainland. A very small place that seems strange at first when you enter since the kitchen is right there. Any strange feelings quickly go away as soon as the food arrives. Must try.
Excellent Chinese – This is the best Chinese I've had in Portland since I moved here in October 06. Best Crab Puffs! They are so cream cheesy and aren't surrounded by a ton of fried wonton. The best egg rolls I think I've ever had. There's one ingredient I just can't put my finger on that I've never tasted in an egg roll. This secret ingredient makes it delicious. Everything else we tried was equally as great. They were also super speady on their delivery and didn't skimp out on any condiments.
Really really really really nice staff – The food, a bit above average. They try to do the whole 'mixing different regions' thing. Example: you can order ma po tofu, or a thai style curry, with some salad rolls, and won ton soup. It's good if you want a variety of flavors, bad if your looking for authentic anything. The staff was just too nice, almost unbearable. The hostess personally recommended dishes for us based on what we liked, and even told the chef to make us something that wasn't on the menu because she thought we would enjoy it. Then the chef came out and asked us how it was, and what he should change. Wow, right? Needless to say after that we were always big big tippers.
Great food – This is the only chinese food I've really enjoyed in Portland - though I've only tried a handful of places. The chicken was hiqh quality, vegetables well prepared and the egg rolls nice and crispy. Nothing was too greasy. The option to have food delivered was convenient and it arrived hot and on time. It's also nice that they offer thai and japaneses choices. I definitly recommend the Belmont Pearl. Yum!
yummy yummy~! – I love this place! I go in for lunch probably almost once a week and occassionally for dinner. The waitress remembers me every time, and almost always offers me a sample of some new thing or special. All the staff are really great, and the food is great, too.
What the Belmont Pearl lacks in ambiance (it's your typical vinyl seats, crappy decor type asian restaurant) it makes up for with the warmth and kindness of its staff and its good food.
I will say it's not the best thai I've ever had, probably because the restaurant is not exclusively thai but also includes other asian dishes, mostly chinese. However, their curries are good, the pad thai is delicious, and the few chinese dishes I've had were all good, too. It's also a good option if everyone in your group likes asian food, but not everyone likes the stronger/different tastes associated with thai - the belmont pearl provides a great place to find good middle ground
Serious, fiery Thai in a no-frills neighborhood venue. – In Short
This low-key eatery blends the sweet and spice of Southeast Asian cuisine simply. While the decor of colored twinkle lights and diner-style seating seems an afterthought, the food takes center stage. The prawn satay features a sublimely sweet peanut sauce and tangy pickled cucumbers. The chicken pad thai is both savory and wickedly hot, and for the more daring, the fiery, stir-fried ginger pork is flanked by rice, crucial for taming the spicy zing.
Ate here twice, got sick both times – I live really close to this thai place and love thai food so i thought i had died and gone to heaven. i had the pad thai and it actually tasted just like rice noodles. no flavor, but somehow i still managed to get sick from it. I tired the pad kee mow (sp?) a few months later, and it tasted sub par AND got me sick again. Don't go here.
Best coconut flan in the world – There are 2 things you must have when you eat here. The first are the prawns on the appetizer menu and then to finish the meal you must have the Coconut Flan. If it is your first visit, the flan is free!
Best Chicken Salad Anywhere – Great Pad Thai (never imagined I would love pork Pad Thai), and I have eaten Pad Thai in 200 places (mostly on the west coast). The curries are wonderful. The staff are really nice and good a making recommendations. But the chicken salad is the best chicken salad of any type, from anywhere, I have ever eaten. Many people I have shared it with agree. It is tangy, sweet, spicy and crunchy. The main secret is lemongrass sliced so finely, that is perfectly edible.
While the food can be very spicy (as Thai food should be), Bangkok Kitchen can do very tasty mild versions of just about everything on the menu. Many Thai restaurants are unable to make truly mild food.
The only thing I have found here that is not to perfection is the pepper salted shrimp. It is just a touch too sweet. I prefer mine to be almost over the top with salty, peppery, garlicky and oniony flavor and I prefer to have the shells on.
This is definitely the best Thai food I have had and I really wish they had a Bangkok Kitchen in every city I have to travel to. I travel frequently and I have eaten a lot of mediocre, and even bad Thai food in search of a Bangkok Kitchen replacement in another city. Because I can never find a place that compares, I just keep trying new places, and will keep doing so until Ive tried them all. I just make sure to hurry home to get my Bangkok Kitchen fix.
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