Portland >Food & Dining > Chens Good Taste Restaurant
18 NW 4TH Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9720945.523506 -122.674305
Neighborhoods: Neighbors West - Northwest, Old Town - Chinatown
While Chen's soups are as simple and straightforward as his restaurant name, "Good Taste" remains a gross understatement when describing the delicate broths with hearty meats on his menu.
Seems like most people I know either love this humble Chinatown restaurant with a deep, fierce passion or don’t at all get why other people love it with a deep, fierce passion, but if you’ve had the huge bowl of hot wonton soup on a nasty day, you’re in Camp A.
The service – One of the waitress is very impolite and she was always reading newspaper and ignore customers. We all have to call her so many times.
good taste restaurant in or – This is a Chinese restaurant whose name is Good Taste. It is in Portland?s China Town and it has a good location. Good Taste is very old in the China Town, so the building?s exterior is outdated. How did I find this restaurant? When I came here, the other international students took me to this restaurant; that was my first time to eat. Last weekend, I with other people missed our country?s food, and we went there.
This restaurant sells Cantonese dishes. The Canton famous dish is roast duck, but we didn?t order it. Because a duck is so big, we couldn?t have finished it. That day we ordered the Canton style fried seafood noodle, fried beef flat-rice-noodle, mapo tofu; sauteed chili peeled beef, fermented bean curd with water spinach. It was so delicious and genuinely traditional. These dishes were plenty. We didn?t worry about that we couldn?t full up.
In fact, the Good Taste didn?t have any service. The waitress only put the dishes on table, and she went away. However at the end of the meal, The waitress was kind and friendly. When she finished her work, she came to our table to care for us. Mostly she was busy; the Good Taste brought a lot of costumer.
The Good Taste was cheaper than other Chinese restaurants in Portland. We ordered the five dishes, but we only needed $42 that was very cheap. We had six people to share the bill, everyone only spent $7each; we could eat the plenty of food. That was so satisfying for me.
Above, I said the Good Taste is in the old building; of course it didn?t have any beautiful decoration or romantic atmosphere. But Good Taste was warm and cozy; when I into the restaurant and I felt I was back in my home! Although the restaurant is small, old and crowded, I like.
I like my country food very much; also I like the restaurant, too. The Good Taste recalls my homesickness, but it also satisfies my mood. I hope I have the chance go there again.
Delicious Dive – I love Good Taste. A friend from Beijing first took me there in the mid 1990's. Not much has changed since then except that I used to be the only person in there who wasn't Chinese. Now there are almost as many Americans that eat there. I guess we're becoming a more adventurous bunch of eaters in Portland. Anyway, the Peking Duck (not always available, so call if you must have duck) is really excellent. The rest of the food is dang good too. There are ducks and other assorted roasted meats hanging in the window (a la vendors in Tianjin) that some people find distasteful. If you are among them, you might want to stick with P.F. Chang.
Authentic Chinese, GREAT meats – Like the other reviewers have said, you need not go further than this review if you are expecting a restaurant where black tie waiters serve you chilled glasses of water with lemon. However, if you want a 'hole in the wall,' AUTHENTIC, Chinese restaurant... well my friends, you have met your match. The prices here are dumbfounding. I'm a PSU student and I scurry down to Good Taste because the quality and value outweighs anything you can find S. of Burnside. Yes, as other reviewers have stated the service may not come with a daring grin or a "thank you!" exclaimed with a smile, but if you're looking for food with a smile go to Panda Express, the rest of us come here for the food, not the waitress' flair. By the way, she's a very nice woman, all the people here are great and once you've had the food you'll be stuck. I can only describe the 'secret ingredient' in their won ton mein as... cinnamon? I've attempted making it at home and that's as close as I can guess, no other won ton in Portland tastes as good. And at 5.50 a bowl, can you really complain with the portion?? Warning to those expecting Changs, or some alternate faux-Chinese establishment: I hope the hanging meats in the window scare you away. For those of us who actually are Asian, or for those fine people out there with a taste for REAL Chinese food, this is a great fast and cheap spot to get your proverbial grub on :) Like the others have stated, if you want faux-Chinese food, we urge you to go else where, this place is too great to get downgraded by a snotty crowd who cannot fully appreciate the efforts of traditional style cooking. Oh, and if you're looking for roast duck, BBQ pork, or other Chinese meat specialties; I challenge you to find a better restaurant that prepares their own. The hanging meat in the window should be a dead giveaway, this place is darn GOOD.
If you love olive garden, panda, and typhoon - stay away – This place is for people who really know what authentic, good food is about. Dingy looking, small and plain - but there is a reason it is frequently packed: with Asian people. Famous for roast duck, also try the roast pork (cha szu), roast crispy pork, house special chow mein, beef chow fun(Dry version), seasonal veg in ginger and green onion.
If you know hong kong/canton - this is the street vendor you've been craving
The best Chinese food in town – I?ve eating at this restaurant for over 10 years while I live in Portland and I never get tired of it. They provide excellent food quality at very low price. Now I live in 3 hours away from Portland, and my first stop in the town is Good Taste Restaurant. Duck Wonton Noodle Soup is one of my favorite.
Cheap and good – Classic hole-in-the-wall Chinese complete with ducks hanging in the window. The Won Ton soup and Chow Fun shrimp noodles were both very good. Curious as to why these places always have non-expressive bland service?
Hong Kong in Portland – Don't expect fine dining, wonderful ambience, or even great service. Do expect a hole in the wall that looks like it came from an alley in Hong Kong. You can find a cheap but authentic Chinese meal. Stick to the basics: wonton soup (some of the best in PDX), green beans, or roasted duck, and you'll enjoy it!
great place – The food is great and cheap. We're not talking about eating at PCG here so if you don't like a hole in the wall eatery, don't come here (in fact keep your snotty self away). People who rag on small places like this just don't understand what good food is, you don't have to spend $20+ to have a good meal....
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