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“Dreadfully bad even for "1950s Suburban Chinese"” 1 of 5 stars
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The Chiam Restaurant
826 NW Murray Blvd, Portland, OR 97229-5868
(503) 646-5126
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Ranked #1,593 of 3,621 Restaurants in Portland
Cuisines: American, Chinese
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Spokane, WA
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“Dreadfully bad even for "1950s Suburban Chinese"”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

I am surprised that any restaurant this dreadfully bad is still in business.
The over all food quality cannot compare to even the worst fast food type restaurant.

The quality of the food is obviously not a consideration here.
I arrived during the dinner rush. The parking lot was packed full of cars. The restaurant part of the building was so empty you could have heard crickets chirping in the background.

The food server appeared shocked that someone actually came in to order food.
After tasting several different dishes , I can understand her reaction.
This has to be some of the worst food I have ever eaten in any restaurant.

The Food Server asked if we wanted "Egg Drop Soup" or "Hot and Sour Soup" with our meal.
I was unable to determine which of these two soups she actually brought back to our table.
Imagine a bowl of warm water which is thickened by so much corn starch your spoon will stand up in it. The soup did not appear to have any seasonings, even salt and pepper. There were a few things floating in it. I could not determine if they were some type of meat or some type of vegetable.

The fried shrimp was very poorly cooked. The coating was very thick and only cooked on the surface. The inner 2/3 was still raw. The egg roll was also improperly cooked. The surface appeared to be done. The inner part of the wrapper was still raw as was the COLD filling.

Biggest misfire of the night was the "Pressed Duck". There did not appear to actually be ANY "duck" in this dish. What was served were meatless little bricks of indeterminate content. They were swimming in a couple of cups of unseasoned red colored corn syrup. These bricks had the texture of shredded wheat. They had a very faint star anise flavor.
The two entrees were also incredibly bad.

I cannot recommend this restaurant to anyone- there are such substantial "issues" with the food here.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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65 reviews 65 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Nice local place!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

This has become our evening stopping place if we are out and about in the evening. We normally eat in the Bar area where it is friendly and relaxing. Food is excellent, plentiful and reasonable priced. Shrimp chow mein was excellent and we always have leftovers to take with us. The bar drinks are reasonable and atmosphere just fine to unwind!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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seattle, wa
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“Wonderful dining experience!! Great Food, wonderful staff!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2011

My family absolutely loves this place, and has been going here for years. The owners/managers are always friendly, making a point to greet us by name and to welcome us back to the restaurant. The food is excellent! Make sure to order pan-fried noodles with any chow mein order - they are crispy, delicate and amazing! This is your traditional "chinese restaurant" food - but way better. Prices are good, food is great, service is great! Can't go wrong with this place.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Portland, Oregon
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Downhill since Move”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2011

The quality and quantity of food has gone down hill since their move to Cornell road. The prices have gone up. We are looking for a new Chinese restaurant in the Cedar Mill area.

  • Visited March 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Aloha, Oregon
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“Altho we haven't been to...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2009

Altho we haven't been to their new location yet, Chiam has been a mainstay for us over the years. Best egg rolls ever, delicious won ton soup, and I'm gaga for their Chow Fun Shee. My favorite place for egg foo yung, too.

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