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Yaowarat

ThaiChinese

Montavilla

$$$$Perfect For:Walk-InsDrinking Good CocktailsCasual Weeknight Dinner
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The latest debut from the Nimson empire (Eem, Phuket Cafe, Langbaan) introduces the Thai-Chinese cuisine you’ll find in Bangkok’s Chinatown—a.k.a. Yaowarat. The prices are pure 2024 Portland, though. While you’re not going to sweat on plastic chairs while prawns are wok-fired in front of your eyes, a trip to this fun, casual spot in Montavilla is your chance to enjoy grilled squid swimming in spicy dressing, some of the silkiest mapo tofu you’ve ever tasted, and bright curries like Yaowarat’s green version with springy fish balls and winter melon. Skip the Singha in lieu of fanciful cocktails like Same But Prettier, which is built around Thai tea-infused rum and coconut-jasmine horchata.

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