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Sungari Pearl (Portland OR)
||1105 NW Lovejoy Street,|
Portland, OR 97209
Reviewed by: Jacqueline M. Newman
Winter Volume: 2007 Issue: 14(4) page: 27 and 28
This Pearl can be found in the up and coming yuppie area of the city that is known by its jewel of a name, the Pearl District. True to the area, this is a yuppie Chinese restaurant. When we were there, the staff was mostly Vietnamese, the food mostly Chinese, but with American overtones. The Sampler in the menu's starter section is meant for two and has enough for three or more; but not if everyone wants one of each item on it. There are deep-fried shrimp, egg rolls, tender chicken satay, and more. The Tang Tang Noodles you may know then as Dan Dan Noodles, and they are terrific, though neither Sichuan nor spicy. Other items came clearly staying a bit too long in the fryer. An order of Chicken with Young Ginger was likewise, as was most every other dish we tasted.
The menu says they strive to give each customer a unique experience, and that its items reflect multiple regions of China as well as the creative and innovative palate of the Pacific Northwest. Probably so, as it is many fried foods. It also says that all bean curd dishes are prepared with locally made OTA tofu. One other interesting menu item are the selections with a double circle indicating they are not recommended for take-out. We liked an unusual dish, the Seres Kung Pao Chicken. It comes with local hazelnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, and cashews. This is Oregon, home to wonderful hazelnuts, and this is a fine way to show them off.