Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Pambiche, a Cuban Restaurant


I don't know if Pambiche is the only Cuban restaurant in Portland, but it is the only one that I have been to; it is so delicious that I have never bothered to find out if there are any others! It is one of my very favorite restaurants in Portland, and everyone who I have been there with has agreed it is an excellent restaurant.

One of the most frustrating things about Pambiche is that it is so popular that it is almost always crowded. Even though they have both indoor and outdoor seating (with heat lamps in the winter), there is still almost always a long wait. Coming at 4 p.m. during Happy Hour was perfect because there was plenty of seating left to chose from, and it wasn't too busy yet. The waitresses were sweet and attentive, and we received very good service.

The very best thing about this restaurant is the Palm Beach Cooler ($5); Pambiche doesn't have a liquor license, so their version of a Mojito is made with white wine. This is probably my favorite alcoholic drink of all time--it's just that good! I get at least one every time that I visit, and I have never been disappointed. I have heard they have good Sangria, but I have never tried it.

My very favorite meal here is the Plato Cubano. This is slow roasted pork with rice and beans (their black beans and rice are the best I have ever had). However, since we went during Happy Hour, I got the Moros and Cristianos ($2.75). This was a cup of rice mixed with black beans and the flavor of pork. I also got a ensalada fruta ($3) off of the regular menu. This was a mixture of pineapple, mango, and other exotic flavors. While I enjoyed my two dishes, I think there are probably better Happy Hour choices on the menu.

Food: Exceeds
Drinks: Exceeds
Service: Meets
Ambiance: Exceeds
Value: Exceeds (even during dinner, you will be more than satisfied with what you get for your money)
--E

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