Portland >Food & Dining > House Of Louie Restaurant
331 NW Davis St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720945.524791 -122.674341
Neighborhoods: Old Town - Chinatown, Neighbors West - Northwest
THE WORST RESTAURANT!!!!!!! – I t must seem suprising but igot to say i were you i go to other places to get your meal.First the food is tiny and dont have as much stuff in it as back than before they ve changed the owner. Second it tast so bad and people i pay for the food dont i deserve something better. Ok, even though it taste bad the prices are just too high for the kind of food they serve!!! I f i were u i ll go to some other places. I am not trying to be mean but i m just telling the truth. If they change their envirerment i might still got back however is that even possible???
Food and STUFF. – Check with environmental health before eating here.
We had undesired visitors to our table. City search does not allow using words like c*ckr*aches.
This Restaurant has been closed in the past for these problems.
Avoid at all costs. You can't even imagine how bad. – This is the worst Chinese food I've ever had. I made the huge mistake of trying it for the first time with someone who had never tried Chinese food before, and I was horrified. I didn't mean to traumatize my already food-timid friend, but if anything could, it would be this food. The spring rolls were pale and dry on the outside, gummy through the middle, with scraps of damp, limp lettuce inside---all in all, tasting of light greasy dishrag. The sauces on our chicken and pork dishes were gelatinous and flavorless. Hers was a ghastly, unnatural orange. Even the rice was disgusting: cold, and not cooked properly. Any frozen food aisle Chinese dish would beat out this place by leaps and bounds.
I couldn't do anything but apologize to my friend, who had a hard time believing me that this just happened to be the most wretched Chinese food anywhere (what were the chances?) and thought maybe she should pretend to spill her drink on her food so the people who ran the restaurant wouldn't feel bad. They wouldn't have felt bad anyway, though. They barely paid attention to us at all. I thought the location and cute exterior would guarantee at least passable Chinese food. I was even hoping it was a little Americanized, for her taste buds. But this was beyond. In addition to being the worst Chinese food I've ever had, it is also (or at least ties as) the worst restaurant food of any kind I've ever had.
Go anywhere other than here, even if it's to a corner store for an energy bar. But if you happen to be looking for Chinese food in the Chinatown section before 8pm, there's a place that, ironically enough, is the polar opposite of this just a block and a half away, toward Burnside. While House of Louie has a cute outside and revolting food, Good Taste has an off-putting exterior, but some of the best Chinese food I've ever had.
Lost in translations – When you see native people in any ethnic restaurant dining and making majority of customers , that will be pretty good sign that you have found an authentic eatery .
It is sad how many ?Chinese? restaurants got lost in translation , and yes that is case with House of Louie .
We ordered a Szechuan dish which is supposed to be spicy , but nothing was bearing heat in this dish! The pepper paste on the table must have been old as well because the many tablespoons we added to our food had no effect. The Chinese food seemed very Americanized. Very disappointing for a restaurant in the heart of ?Chinatown?.
This Chinatown landmark's ornate, colorful exterior is as well known as the dependable Chinese food inside. – In Short
Dramatic dragon pillars welcome you into this bustling place where dim-sum carts circulate daily. If you can't make it for dim sum during lunch hours, you can also order it off the menu anytime. For dinner, there's Cantonese-style sirloin cubes sauteed with sweet onions and tomato sauce. Or try the Triple Crown--shrimp, barbecue pork, and sliced chicken cooked with pea pods, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts and vegetables.
An Institution – H of L has been a standby for me since it started mumble, mumble years ago. I eat lunch there regularly. The food is good, the prices reasonable and the service is at least average. Given the rather good volume, the Dim Sum is usually varied and fresh. They might spend a bit replacing worn bits of decor, however.
House of Bad Service – Service? This term has reached a new low at House of Louie. My boyfriend and I sat at our table for 20+ minutes and not one person asked to take our order. In fact, I had to get up and inform the host that we were ready to order. When our food finally arrived, I asked the waiter for a pair of chop sticks but he forgot all about them and so I had to eat my meal with a fork. And to top it off, the waiter got my order wrong and served me a SPICY dish instead of the dish I requested. Overall, this place is OKAY. It might be great via Portland standards (voted best chinese restaurant) but moving here from Los Angeles, this place is mediocre at best.
There's Better Chinese Elsewhere – Went to the restaurant for lunch on the recommendation of our realtor. The decor is pretty drab, which would be tolerable if the food were good. Bland Americanized Chinese cuisine is the summary for the food here. The new locus of Asian restaurants is in the booming SE area. Go there for authentic Chinese food.
Unique Decor, So-So Food – I remember how popular House of Louie would be for dim sum and even dinner. My, how quickly all of that has changed. The interior thankfully still has the royal look about it, tastefully decorated with spacious tables and clean carpet. Foodwise, this place is on a downward spiral, as my dim sum was cold and dry. The noodles I ordered during dinner time on a separate occasion, were roughly the same. And its a real shame the service is too, cold and dry. I used to praise their variety, but they have done some cutting or trimming down on the menu as it has dwindled down significantly from before. I hope it rebounds to become a powerhouse in Chinatown again, without it the place is a near ghost town.
Great Food – House of Louie is one of the best places in Portland to get Dim Sum. Every time I have been there, I have been treated great. The service was excellent. My wife and I would try to finish a few dishes of dim sum, and they would already be back asking if we wanted more. We love this place and will always be back for more dim sum. I'm even taking my grandmother there tonight for her first dim sum experience.
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