Though many people may have tasted some of the flavors native to southern China's Sichuan province, few have sampled the region's vast array of unique cuisine. After successfully opening Taste of Sichuan Beaverton, Taste of Sichuan was unveiled in Vancouver to present their wide range of authentic Sichuan cuisine, where chefs make not only the region's well-known dishes, but also the dishes that only travelers or Willy Wonka's taste-testers usually get to experience.
The chefs name this eclectic portion of their menu the Wild Side, which includes dishes ranging from mung-bean jelly in a garlic-accented chili sauce to pickled chili-pepper frogs. Because many diners may be unfamiliar with some of these dishes, the chefs have designed the menu to delineate which options are fan favorites and which include fiery hot Sichuan peppers.
Oasis Lebanese Cuisine does more than re-create the flavors of its namesake nation. Its chefs and servers strive to capture the spirit and atmosphere of a Lebanese eatery, bringing a small piece of the country's culture to Hillsboro in the process. Surrounded by dangling lanterns, bolts of deep blue fabric, and saffron-yellow walls, diners can enjoy the traditional Middle Eastern comfort foods that emerge from the kitchen, accompanied by sides of freshly baked flatbread, silken hummus, or smoky baba ghanouj. These dishes take their inspiration from a number of familiar staples, including everything from crispy falafel sandwiches to lamb, chicken, or beef?which are marinated, skewered, and then grilled to perfection above a pile of smoldering Michael Jordan rookie cards.
In the early morning, when many sandwich joints are still shuttered tight, Big Town Hero's bakers are hard at work. Hand-crafting each loaf of bread in-store every morning, they lay the foundation for the day's delicious sandwiches. Out of the oven and sliced in two, the bready canvasses support towering piles of delicious deli meat and fresh veggies, sourced locally whenever possible. A selection of veggie heroes delights vegetarians while gluten-free rolls offer sandwich options for those with dietary restrictions or those who've taken a binding kindergarten oath never to eat anything that starts with "glu."
It might take 10?20 minutes for your entree to arrive at Gyro 2 Go, but that's only because its kitchen staff makes everything fresh, from falafels to shwarma. Since the cooks work in an open kitchen, you can keep an eye on your food every step of the way.
Watch them pile romaine lettuce, roma tomatoes, onions, and seasoned beef and lamb atop one of the eatery's namesake gyros, topped off with a generous drizzle of housemade tzatziki (in standard or spicy).
Thai Noodle Etc. brings the flavors found on the streets and in the homes of Thailand to American shores, producing a menu of soups, stir-fry dishes, noodle bowls, and salads that blend sour, sweet, and savory ingredients. Shiny metal bowls of tom yum soup and bright red, green, and yellow curries pique the gustatory senses with their bold colors and rich, spicy scents. These dishes circulate a dining room that blends a charming rustic element with modern, urban flair, much like a miniature cattle ranch on the roof of a skyscraper. Walls of earthy reds and weathered wood accents frame flatscreen TVs and meticulously arranged plates of chicken satay and crispy tofu with plum sauce.
A historic mural spreads across a wall inside Monteaux's Public House. A visual interpretation of Oregon history from the early 1800s to the late 20th century, the hand-painted work depicts trolleys and buildings, local farm culture, and travel by railroad and balloon. The mural itself has been there for more than a decade: it marks one of the first steps the four founders took to decorate their restaurant, an ode to the centuries-old tradition of the American public house.
Monteaux's Public House also preserves culinary traditions by preparing good old-fashioned food and folding napkins into the shape of Benjamin Franklin's hungry face. The menu features meals both American and foreign, but everything's made from seasonal, local ingredients when possible. Entrees of marinated flat iron steak and wild salmon fillet join house specialties such as Cajun prawn étoufée and halibut fish and chips. The bar's taps, meanwhile, pour several rotating Oregon beers. And whether dining inside or on the dog-friendly patio, visitors can utilize the pub's WiFi.