Tasting East is located on the ground floor inside the Paramount Hotel which replaced the Dragonfish Restaurant. Tasting East has only been open for 3 months with their grand opening this March of 2012. Tasting East is in the park blocks of downtown Portland within walking distance of the Arlene Schnitzer concert hall. The interior and overall theme of Tasting East is modern with an Asian flair to it.
There are two separate sides/rooms to Tasting East, one side the main Tasting East restaurant serving full dishes of Pan-Asian cuisine; flavors from the far east such as Japan, Korean comfort food, Taiwan. Thailand, and China.
The other side of the lower level or Paramount Hotel is the Tasting East bar known as “TE:Bar” which is still Tasting East but has their own separate menu of food, small bites, and a full bar.
We had never been to Tasting East before so we ordered a variety of things from their menu in the bar. In the bar most of the items are served on small plates perfect for sharing a few with friends over drinks. Food quality was tasty, and everything was served with such detail. Their drink menu had a great selection of creative cocktails, as well as asian beer and sake flights.
FYI Sake is a Japanese alcoholic drink made from fermented rice, traditionally drunk warm in small porcelain cups.
If you are looking for more of a sit down meal experience eat on the restaurant side. Our next visit we want to eat on the restaurant side and try some more of their heartier menu items.
The staff were extremely friendly, our server was accommodating in helping me find a cocktail to try and we had our drinks promptly.
I had the Raspberry Vodka Mojito muddled with mint and fruit.
Our food came out all at different times throughout the meal, when we were done with a dish the next one was delivered it had a nice flow. A few times the chef came out with our dish and explained a little more about how he created the dish.
What We Ordered: (All from the TE:Bar)
Garlic Pot Stickers- steamed and served with soy dipping sauce
Goat Cheese Roll- tempura shrimp asparagus with goat cheese served with yellow roasted pepper sauce
Tempura Veggies- beer battered served with soy dipping and green tea matcha powder
Sushi Balls- moist rice & salmon balls fried
Rice Chips w/Edamame Hummus
Street Cauliflower- charred served with nori shavings and sweet chili garlic sauce
Rising Sun Mojito- Smirnoff Raspberry Vodka with Sake, Berry Puree, Mint & lime soda
My favorite out of everything we tried was the Goat Cheese Sushi Roll which was shrimp tempura, asparagus and goat cheese. All of the sushi on the menu were unique flavors and something you wouldn’t normally see at any other sushi place.
I also loved the street cauliflower, they were really addicting and the char made the entire flavor.
Gluten Free items on the menu
Ladies Night $5 Absolut Vodka Specials with Live Music