Jade Bistro Teahouse & Patisserie
|Pork & Crab Udon|
Jade Bistro offers a fairly casual cafe setting, where you order your food, then wait for it to be delivered to your table. The atmosphere is warm, and although the first floor was full up, there were openings in a second level of seating upstairs. The wait for food was approximately 15 minutes, and in that time we watched very yummy looking appetizers get delivered to those around us. Next time we will definitely have to try some of those. Kevin got the wide noodles (pictured below). He found his dinner enjoyable, but the highlight was definitely the udon (pictured above). I could tell that it was made with a very rich, fatty broth. This alone made me giddy, The vegetables were cooked well, and the pork and crab were plentiful.
|Fresh Wide Rice Noodles (Gluten-Free)|
Once we had finished dinner, Ktams and I got back in line for more. This time we helped ourselves to some of the Patisserie’s desserts! Keven had a vanilla custard creme puff, which he became a fan of immediately (he noted looking back that it was messy, but then confirmed that most messy things are tasty). I had a carrot cupcake, which was very moist and not too heavy. The desserts were less than $3 COMBINED. Jade does all their own pastries in house, and I could see it being a great place to pre-order sweets for a party.
The Verdict on Jade Bistro Teahouse & Patisserie
Overall, Kevin and I are beside ourselves with happiness. We are thrilled to have a gem like Jade Bistro so close to our place, and it’s nice knowing we can have a dinner out (with dessert!!!) for under $25. I know I have dropped Jade Bistro into my Thai category, but I must also note that it serves more as an Asian fusion. The owners (a mother/daughter team) are Vietnamese but their menu reads with blends of Thai, Laotian, and French influenced Vietnamese cuisine. That said, the menu is shorter than you would expect (in a good way) and yet you have the variety of ordering: small plates, soups, salads, sandwiches (on homemade baguettes), and large entrees.
I plan on trying to make it back to Jade Bistro for an afternoon tea sometime soon. That has it’s own menu here. Next Portland Blogger Social Hour? Perhaps.