Chameleons' lives are dominated by the debilitating sense that no matter what they do or how well they succeed, they will go completely unnoticed. For $15, today's Groupon gets you $35 worth of incredibly noticeable, imaginative cuisine and drinks at Chameleon Restaurant & Bar. Located in haute Hollywood, the yellow-walled restaurant opens at 5 p.m. Wednesday–Saturday and closes at 10 p.m., with an extra hour of open doors (until 11 p.m.) on Friday and Saturday.
Every year, chef Pat Jeung travels the world, bringing back exotic recipes and culinary alchemies from the farthest reaches. He also selects from the nearest reaches—he grows his own free-range vegetables, grass-fed fruits, and humanely picked herbs on a 30-acre farm in the Columbia Gorge.
Chameleon's borderless, constantly morphing menu commingles flavors from Jeung's native Thailand with hints of France and Italy all made more toothsome by the bounty of the Northwest. As you relax on its outdoor patio screened with verdant green silks, savor the complementary textures of the grilled asparagus and prosciutto salad with honey dijon dressing ($14) or simple richness of toasted brioche topped with fresh tomato, basil, mozzarella, and olive oil ($8). Experiment with slowly braised ox tail served in red wine with edamame, mushrooms, baby carrots, and creamy onion polenta ($22); or adhere to perfected tradition with butternut-squash ravioli tossed in rosemary cream sauce, parmesan cheese, and fried leeks ($16). Many items are vegetarian, and many more can be made so if you do an impression of Don Drysdale.
A capacious wine list rounds out the evening, featuring red, white, and sparkling corked delights from the Northwest, California, Italy, France, South America, and more. There's a wine for all occasions, from the 3 Stones Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand ($30 a bottle), to the "Will you marry me this time?" Martinez Bujanda '68 Rioja, which defines the upper echelons at $295.
- We delved straight into the menu with an order of spring rolls. These delicious ground pork, black mushroom and noodle fillings were encased in rice paper rolls; firm enough to withstand strenuous dipping in the accompanying sesame-flavored sauce without overwhelming the delicate flavors inside...We also enjoyed a side of the restaurant's best-selling Thai salad. The mixture of greens, cherry tomatoes, and cilantro were well-dressed with an excellent, and slightly crunchy, peanut sauce dressing; it's easy to see why this dish has become a favorite. – Lynn Elsey, Our Town
- A little quirky but good, from comfort food (butternut squash ravioli) to fresh vegetables from the garden to basil martinis - a charming meal. – Sandra, Urbanspoon
- Service was prompt. The food was delicious. The daily special (fish) was sole, and it came with coconut rice. We devoured it!! Not only was the food tasty, but also quite healthy. This was the freshest prepared meal we've had in Portland in years. – thathydekid, Citysearch
2000 NE 40th Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97212Get Directions