We had a solid dining experience at Salam. Everything we ate was attractive and well prepared, but nothing on our Mezze plates stood out as exceptional. For example, the falafel and hummus both had great textures, but their flavors were too mild to make a...lasting impression. However, since the service was prompt, the portions generous, the ingredients high quality, the prices right, and the restaurant clean and airy, we had a very enjoyable dinner experience.
I realize this doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement --even if I add that we'll definitely dine here again. That's because the Portland area has a lot of above exceptional Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurants and food trucks to choose from. With so much competition a restaurant really has to shine to earn 5 stars. With more spice in the dishes and an expanded beer menu Salam could easily get to the top. Until then, in our humble opinion, it's simply a solid choice for reasonably priced neighborhood fare in the crowded Hillsboro/Beaverton dining market. Which is a good thing. Eat here.More