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“finally made it to Pok Pok”
Review of Pok Pok Restaurant

Pok Pok Restaurant
Ranked #28 of 4,276 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Asian, Thai
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Corvallis, Oregon
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25 reviews
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“finally made it to Pok Pok”
Reviewed January 15, 2013

My husband and I are huge fans of Thai cuisine and kept hearing about the fabulous food at Pok Pok in SE Portland. We finally made the trip from Corvallis, decided to eat at the bar instead of waiting 45 plus minutes for a table and were rewarded with great interesting food. We enjoyed the Brussell Sprouts, just the right amount of spice, a whole chicken, we were mistaken to think we'd be taking home leftovers. The bird was very small, perfectly seasoned and cooked, succulent!
Our 3rd dish was a unique blend of seasoned meet which they called a "beef salad" served with very delicious sticky rice! Wish they would open another 60 miles south!

  • Visited December 2012
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Issaquah, Washington
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“First time here”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

We ate here after watching Guy Fieri's "Diners, Drive-in's, and Dives." The Vietnamese chicken is a must-try, and the boar collar was outstanding. It was a great introduction to the other side of Thai cuisine.

Visited December 2012
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Thank Yoshio T
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Kirkland, Washington
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31 reviews
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“Portland Gem Your Will Forever Crave”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

Words cannot adequately describe the amazing food at Pok Pok. It's like an explosion of flavor in your mouth. More like a tsunami of epic proportions. Each dish provides a unique sensory experience, culminating with a burst of flavor pleasing to every taste bud. The flavors range from delicate to mind-blowing. Go with your server's recommendations. These people know and love the food they serve. We shared 6 dishes: spicy Vietnamese fish sauce wings - you will never be satisfied by another wing - ever; Cha Cha LaVong (catfish) a Vietnamese dish and the most delicate (yet powerfully flavorful) of our selections; Kung Op Wun Sen (prawns) baked in a clay pot with pork belly, spices, thin noodles & served with a green sauce to die for; Kaeng Hung Leh (pork belly & pork shoulder) with curry, ginger, vegetables and a sauce you will want to dip your face into (but don't - others will want to drizzle it on the rice); Muu Paa Kha Waan (boar collar) oh my God - order a beer because the garlicky, gingery, chili, spicy morsels will blow your mind; our last dish was a special of the day - sautéed squash that was all together amazing garlicky, savory and hint of sweetness which led to dangerous fork jabs from my 3 dining companions. We had both the Jasmine and sticky rice accompaniments and shared one dessert - an ice cream affrogato with rich espresso and sweet fried pastry much like a churro but better. The drinks are also unique, flavorful and varied. Forget ordering wine and stick with the cocktails, beer, flavored venegars or the Cha Yen iced tea with milk - very soothing after the spicy food. Be prepared to wait - reservations only for parties of 5+. You can wait at the owner's bar across the street - the Whiskey Soda Lounge - enjoy a cocktail and some of those spicy wings. They will let you know when your table is ready. Note that some dining is outside; the seating is semi-enclosed with canvas and there are radiating heaters above, but if you are cold-blooded you should request inside dining in the winter months or come dressed warm! Do not miss a chance to dine here - it will remain in your memory forever!

  • Visited December 2012
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Portland, Oregon
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“Even better than Thai food”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

Modern twist on Thai street food. Almost always crowded, but you can get food to go from the original stand. Make sure you get the Khao Man Som Tam. Heavenly!

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seattle, wa
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55 reviews
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“Oh my, what a disaster of a night!”
Reviewed December 12, 2012

I have heard about this place for a year, and finally we got around to going to dinner here to celebrate a special birthday for a friend. What a huge mistake! We enjoy seeking out the new restaurants in pdx, and we are always open to trying new, unusual foods. However, we had a hard time finding any redeeming qualities in this establishment. The food is just plain bad/WIERD.......in other words, not very good! I love spicy, but most of the items we had were just Way too spicy, and everyone in my party complained of a stomach ache that night, and the next morning.

The entrees were served in teeny tiny portions, along with tiny portions of rice. The dining areas are scattered throughout an old house, so you eat in tiny, dirty, dinky, cramped eating areas. Every time the guy behind me took a deep breath, he would bump my chair. Our hipster waitress (who by the way, never smiled once) was completely surly and only showed up to deliver the food - no follow-up to see if we wanted more drinks, etc. Definitely won't be going back here.

Not sure what the big attraction is - drinks were good, but I would definitely NOT wait in line to eat here when there are SO MANY awesome other places to eat in Portland. Pok Pok is definitely on my "do not revisit" list.

  • Visited December 2012
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