This looks delicious, but who doesn’t like the varieties of steamed buns out there? Photo credit: Gado Gado
Earlier this week, I mentioned that a restaurant named Gado Gado will move into the now-shuttered My Canh space later this year, and wondered if it was the same Gado Gado as the robust and popular Asian food popup. Today I learned via Eater that Portland Monthly confirms it. This is pretty exciting news for the Hollywood District! Their food looks and sounds delicious.
Owners Thomas & Mariah Pisha-Duffly signed a four-year lease in the space—more on the timing of the restaurant’s opening from PoMo:
The plan is to open for dinner and brunch in April, with roughly 60 seats and a horseshoe-shaped bar in the center of the room, and a strong focus on zero-proof drinks. Toby Roberts, president of the Pok Pok Restaurant empire, is teaming up with the couple to handle the nuts and bolts.
The restaurant’s interior, which is very plain right now except for a colorful mural on the north wall, is going to look very different, and I can’t wait to see how their vision plays out in the physical space. I love the emphasis on zero-proof drinks, too, as someone who abstains from alcohol.
As to what they’ll serve, Portland Monthly also summarizes it as, “handmade noodles, snacks, rotating salads, curries, whole grilled fish, smoked duck, and house charcuterie.” There will also be “dim-sum-style brunch service.”
When the Hollywood District’s Pono Soul Farm Kitchen closed in 2017, local chatter suggested that one of the reasons why was that they were not a “family-oriented” business, and that anything that moved in there would do well to avoid being a place that is perceived as primarily geared toward “date night.” Also, having an accessible price point (Pono was a bit pricey aside from happy hour) is a serious plus. And speaking of happy hour, I hope they have one planned.
I, for one, am looking forward to welcoming Gado Gado to the neighborhood!
Southeast Asian Pop-Up Gado Gado Will Open a Restaurant This Spring [PDX Eater]
Playful Southeast Asian Pop-Up Gado Gado Finds a Brick-and-Mortar Home [Portland Monthly]
The Closing of a Neighborhood Restaurant: Goodbye, My Canh [Bridgetown Bites]
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