Portland , Oregon
Tel: 503 229 7464
Concierge.com's insider take:
Ping serves Japanese, Thai, Malaysian, Korean, and Chinese dishes, but don't you dare call it fusion: The menu doesn't stray from the real-deal Asian flavors that you can usually find only after a transoceanic flight. Witness the Thai-style steamed buns, a revelation of caramelized shredded pork tucked into an airy pocket and topped with the savory crunch of fried shallots. Hearty noodle dishes such as Singaporean laksa and rich pork ramen are an ideal complement to a rainy Pacific Northwest day. The numerous varieties of meat-on-a-stick steel the stomach for a tour of the creative cocktail menu, which includes concoctions based on house-made drinking vinegars flavored with pomegranate, tamarind, and peach. Located in the former Chinese restaurant Hung Far Low (go ahead, giggle) in Portland's Chinatown, Ping has an industrial look that pays homage to globe-trotting via tablecloths screen printed with Asian newspapers, rusted tin advertisements from Japan, and a wall of vintage radios scavenged from a shop nearby.—Colleen Clark
Open Mondays through Fridays 11 am to 10 pm, Saturdays 5 to 10 pm.