As I walk to and from the gym, or Trader Joes, or the Hollywood Theatre, I always check out the progress at Saima Thai & Sushi, opening up at 4118 NE Sandy Blvd. All papers are down from the windows, hours are posted, menus are up and the interior—which looks quite a bit like the old Pono Soul Farm Kitchen’s decor—is looking RTG (ready to go). If I had to hazard a guess, I’d say they are ready to open this coming week.
The hours are not posted on the website just yet, but they are on the front door. They are:
- Monday-Thursday: 11am-3pm (lunch), 4:30-9pm
- Friday: 11am-3pm (lunch), 4:30-10pm
- Saturday: 11am-10pm (dinner all day)
- Sunday: 11am-9pm (dinner all day)
The lunch menu is mostly $9 lunch dishes, no specials per se—you know, that deal where you get the dish itself with rice, a spring roll and salad or cup of soup. One item, the Kra Prao Kai Dao, is $12. Dinner is split into three categories—Thai Menu, Isaan Menu, and Japanese Menu.
For me by far the Isaan Menu looks the most interesting, though I am a sucker for Japanese pickles (Tsuke Monomori). Interesting sounding things on the Isaan menu include Larb Ped (crispy duck skin, ground duck meat, mixed salad, roasted rice powder, tossed with spicy lime juice), the bamboo shoots salad, and Tom Sabb Kra Dhook Mhoo (hot and sour soup of braised ribs, broth Thai herbs, lemongrass, galangal, kaffir leaves, chili and lime juice). The Thai menu looks fairly standard, though I do like me a nice pumpkin curry.
No real indication of what they’ll offer to drink, but I do know they have applied for a liquor license, so no doubt beer and cocktails are on their way.
Along with eating in, you can order online for pickup or delivery.
I noticed on Facebook that they had what looked like a blessing ceremony with spiritual leaders of the Wat (Buddhist Temple) down in Turner, OR. You can view those photos here. Love the Los Pollos Hermanos apron cameo.
See you soon, Saima people!
Saima Thai & Sushi, 4118 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland