For Joe’s 35th birthday this past week, we headed to Chinatown to dine at P:ng [Ping], sister restaurant to Portland’s famed Pok Pok in Southeast (Chef Andy Ricker is a finalist for the 2011 James Beard Best Chef Northwest award, and Pok Pok was awarded the distinction of 2007 Best Restaurant of the Year), for a celebratory dinner.
Ping is in the perfect downtown location, amidst myriad Chinese restaurants and other Asian-inspired structures in the kitschy part of Portland that isn’t the Southeast (or the Pearl, for that matter), making it completely accessible and easy to grab a reservation on a Tuesday night. The dining room is modest in size, and packs just the right punch of atmosphere with glass-enclosed bamboo trees, wood-paneled walls and an open, centerpiece kitchen where every menu item is made to order. The menu itself invites sampling, as only a few items are intended to stand as entrées on their own. It was a lovely evening, and our server even arranged a fun birthday surprise for Joe (I supplied the candles).
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