3808 N Williams Ave, Ste C
Portland, OR 97212
Mon-Thu, Sun 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Fri-Sat 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
WOW! Just Wow! This was probably one of the best breakfast/brunches I have ever had. I came here with high expectations which in it self could have set this place up for failure but I was really surprised at how amazing everything was. I came here with a group of 6 people and were expecting to wait a while since we had a larger group and it was right at prime-time; however, we only waited for about 15 minuets. These guys stayed very busy even after we were seated but the level of service did not suffer at all. Our waitress was very attentive and really helpful in helping us decide what to order. We ended up ordering a few different dishes to share but my two favorites (along with the rest of Yelp and Urbanspoon) were the Polenta and Sausage Ragu for $9 and Burmese Red Pork Stew for $10.
The Polenta and Sausage Ragu as the names states, comes with a sausage ragu on top a layer of creamy polenta. They also throw in an over easy egg as well as some melted mozzarella cheese. This dish looked very simple but had so may layers of flavor when you mix the polenta and the ragu; cut open that egg yoke and let it leak all over the place and it get even better. I don’t think I’ve ever had anything like this before.
The Burmese Red Pork Stew didn’t really seem like a breakfast dish (other than the egg that came with it)…but man-o-man…this was good. I’ve had similar type of dishes in Asian restaurants before but these guys to it to whole different level. The dish comes with stewed pork belly and eggs two ways (one over easy and one cooked in the stew) atop white rice with stew juices saturated throughout. The dish definitely had Asian flavors with a little savory with a little sweet and even a little spicy kick to it. The pork belly was really fatty, some pieces had no meat at all and were just chunks of fat. But the flavors were so good no one even cared. We ended up devouring the entire dish and left us wanting more.
I also wanted to mention the Shakshuka (pictured below). I was not the biggest fan of this dish because of the gameness of the lamb but I can see other people really enjoying this dish.
The decor of the place reminded me of a larger and darker Skillet Diner in Seattle. Both spots have a large counter-top and metal trim everywhere, kind of like a modern industrial look. These two places are also similar in that they both serve breakfast items and seem to draw in the hipster crowd.
One negative note I did have was they give you salt and pepper in open ramekins on the table which seemed a little unsanitary to me. Not a big fan of this but you really don’t need the seasoning since everything is already seasoned so well.