Lovely Hula Hands

★★★★☆

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Well, the restaurant we thought we were going to was no longer there, Lovely Hula Hands. So we ate at Lovely Fifty Fifty, next door and owned by the same person. Variety of pizzas, the meat one had such a hot spicy tomato sauce it was barely edible. We had inquired "how hot" and the wait staff just said spicy. It was much hotter than that. Lots of oil on top also.
Black mushroom pizza was better, but still very oily and salty. Polenta with poached egg was excellent. Pureed garbanzo plate with bread would have made a whole dinner,

Completely different menu from LHH--rather expensive, and not exciting, I know 4 women that won't be going back-----------

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★☆☆☆☆

Well, the restaurant we thought we were going to was no longer there, Lovely Hula Hands. So we ate at Lovely Fifty Fifty, next door and owned by the same person. Variety of pizzas, the meat one had such a hot spicy tomato sauce it was barely edible. We had inquired "how hot" and the wait staff just said spicy. It was much hotter than that. Lots of oil on top also.
Black mushroom pizza was better, but still very oily and salty. Polenta with poached egg was excellent. Pureed garbanzo plate with bread would have made a whole dinner,

Completely different menu from LHH--rather expensive, and not exciting, I know 4 women that won't be going back-----------

Pros: Polenta with poached egg was delicious

Cons: room gets too warm from the wood fired pizza oven

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I would like to agree with the majority of the reviews on this site, and strongly disagree with any negative reviews. We brought our out of town guest ( a serious "foodie" from LA) to Lovely Hula Hands last night and we were all elated. It started from the moment we walked in the door of this quaint restaurant. The atmosphere was so warm as were each and everyone of the wait staff. We waited for about 15 minutes to be seated, while we waited in the hallway we read over the menus and peaked thru the curtains at the other guests meals. By the time we were ready to be seated we were all ready to order at least two things off the menu with intent to share! The small dinning room was packed yet we could carry on a wonderful conversation without yelling, the high ceilings lend this space great acoustics. We all ordered starters and drinks, being pregnant I ordered a non alcoholic elderberry and grapefruit homemade soda (this is a great alternative for pregnant women or kids). For starters we ordered the purple cauliflower soup with mussels, the flat iron steak (so tender you could cut it with a fork) and roasted potato salad, and the roasted beet salad. Each dish was amazing and different, the soup was particularly AMAZING!!! For dinner we ordered the fried chicken, the hamburger, and the potato encrusted trout. I am not even sure where to start, each dish was absolutely incredible. The hamburger was the best we had ever had (no joke), we had actually heard from a guest on her way out that it was the best hamburger she had ever so we had to try it, it was cooked to perfection (just the way we ordered it!). The fried chicken arrived on a bed of mashed kombucha (sp) squash topped with some pickled chicory and floating in a sea of the most divine gravy. The potato encrusted trout came out with a beautiful golden crust and was seasoned beautifully. Of course after such amazing dishes we all ordered dessert and we were all in heaven. The chocolate ice cream was absolutely the best ice cream I have ever had and ginger cake warmed the hear of our guest. I really cannot say enough about the food here it was flavorful and well cooked we enjoyed everything we ordered and we will be going back! Also it is important to mention how AMAZING the wait staff was. Everyone treated us like we were the only table in the room however both the downstairs and the upstairs were packed. Our waitress described each dish perfectly and answered any questions we had with ease (and even told me how to go about making my own mashed squash and where I could buy it since everything was local).... I am not a brilliant writer and it is tough to write with a five year old chatting in my ear but this was an amazing experience! Go and Enjoy!!!!

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★★★★★

I would like to agree with the majority of the reviews on this site, and strongly disagree with any negative reviews. We brought our out of town guest ( a serious "foodie" from LA) to Lovely Hula Hands last night and we were all elated. It started from the moment we walked in the door of this quaint restaurant. The atmosphere was so warm as were each and everyone of the wait staff. We waited for about 15 minutes to be seated, while we waited in the hallway we read over the menus and peaked thru the curtains at the other guests meals. By the time we were ready to be seated we were all ready to order at least two things off the menu with intent to share! The small dinning room was packed yet we could carry on a wonderful conversation without yelling, the high ceilings lend this space great acoustics. We all ordered starters and drinks, being pregnant I ordered a non alcoholic elderberry and grapefruit homemade soda (this is a great alternative for pregnant women or kids). For starters we ordered the purple cauliflower soup with mussels, the flat iron steak (so tender you could cut it with a fork) and roasted potato salad, and the roasted beet salad. Each dish was amazing and different, the soup was particularly AMAZING!!! For dinner we ordered the fried chicken, the hamburger, and the potato encrusted trout. I am not even sure where to start, each dish was absolutely incredible. The hamburger was the best we had ever had (no joke), we had actually heard from a guest on her way out that it was the best hamburger she had ever so we had to try it, it was cooked to perfection (just the way we ordered it!). The fried chicken arrived on a bed of mashed kombucha (sp) squash topped with some pickled chicory and floating in a sea of the most divine gravy. The potato encrusted trout came out with a beautiful golden crust and was seasoned beautifully. Of course after such amazing dishes we all ordered dessert and we were all in heaven. The chocolate ice cream was absolutely the best ice cream I have ever had and ginger cake warmed the hear of our guest. I really cannot say enough about the food here it was flavorful and well cooked we enjoyed everything we ordered and we will be going back! Also it is important to mention how AMAZING the wait staff was. Everyone treated us like we were the only table in the room however both the downstairs and the upstairs were packed. Our waitress described each dish perfectly and answered any questions we had with ease (and even told me how to go about making my own mashed squash and where I could buy it since everything was local).... I am not a brilliant writer and it is tough to write with a five year old chatting in my ear but this was an amazing experience! Go and Enjoy!!!!

Pros: Service, Food, Atmosphere, EVERYTHING

Cons: NOTHING

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I'm not sure what the hype was all about in the local Portland magazine, when I read the stellar review on this place. I have been professionally cooking for 11 years across the North America and spend most of my dinner hours out in the local restaurant scene.

The service was not too slow for a full house. Wait staff could not explain most of the dishes, either than saying "it's really good". It's important to sell your creations without having to see pictures on the menu.

The prices seem a bit high for the menu choices, so I expected higher standard of quality. Unfortunately, his was not the case. My fresh farm burger was rare when I ordered it medium. The server had advised me that their version of medium is rare. I decided not to argue. My salad was just a flat bed of soggy greens. no other veggies included, no color, just a sad side or roughage.

My $8, 1liter beer was dropped of at my table with a glass. Advise to waitstaff: when bringing out the entire bottle, please pour the first glass, and please check for chips in the glass rim and soap film on the inside. Beer suds usually stick to the soap residue on the inside of the glass.

My wife decided on the soup-du-jur and the $21 braised chicken breast. The chicken was paired with "charred" chard. It was black and bitter like burnt garlic. Wait staff did not seem to care or acknowledge that they just F'ed an entire dish with a pile of black charcoal. The soup had more color than taste. Perhaps a little salt and pepper could have rescued this dish as well.

Conclusion:
Ingredients seemed fresh and local, proper portion control.
The cooks/chef clearly do not taste their own food!
Presentation is as blend as the food. No quality control in the kitchen nor the dinning room. Wait staff could have taken more interest in the food they serve and attire should not be ripped jeans for the type of atmosphere I believe they are trying to sell.
Overall I was very disappointed not just with restaurant, but mostly with the overly hyped reviews in the local news media.

To be fair to the restaurant, I will go back a second time by myself. This time I will be vocal with my opinion.

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★☆☆☆☆

I'm not sure what the hype was all about in the local Portland magazine, when I read the stellar review on this place. I have been professionally cooking for 11 years across the North America and spend most of my dinner hours out in the local restaurant scene.

The service was not too slow for a full house. Wait staff could not explain most of the dishes, either than saying "it's really good". It's important to sell your creations without having to see pictures on the menu.

The prices seem a bit high for the menu choices, so I expected higher standard of quality. Unfortunately, his was not the case. My fresh farm burger was rare when I ordered it medium. The server had advised me that their version of medium is rare. I decided not to argue. My salad was just a flat bed of soggy greens. no other veggies included, no color, just a sad side or roughage.

My $8, 1liter beer was dropped of at my table with a glass. Advise to waitstaff: when bringing out the entire bottle, please pour the first glass, and please check for chips in the glass rim and soap film on the inside. Beer suds usually stick to the soap residue on the inside of the glass.

My wife decided on the soup-du-jur and the $21 braised chicken breast. The chicken was paired with "charred" chard. It was black and bitter like burnt garlic. Wait staff did not seem to care or acknowledge that they just F'ed an entire dish with a pile of black charcoal. The soup had more color than taste. Perhaps a little salt and pepper could have rescued this dish as well.

Conclusion:
Ingredients seemed fresh and local, proper portion control.
The cooks/chef clearly do not taste their own food!
Presentation is as blend as the food. No quality control in the kitchen nor the dinning room. Wait staff could have taken more interest in the food they serve and attire should not be ripped jeans for the type of atmosphere I believe they are trying to sell.
Overall I was very disappointed not just with restaurant, but mostly with the overly hyped reviews in the local news media.

To be fair to the restaurant, I will go back a second time by myself. This time I will be vocal with my opinion.

Pros: Local ingredients

Cons: Expensive, blend undercooked under-seasoned pretentious food

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My family had dinner at LHH last night. I don' think we'll be back any time soon.

Service: We were seated quickly, however once we were at our table everything moved extremely slowly. Both my sister and I are obviously pregnant and yet our server kept asking if we wanted cocktails. Once we ordered our food, the wait began. It took almost an hour to get our entrees and yet we were only one of three tables.

Food: The best way to sum up the food is "bleh...". The risotto was bland and unappealing. The rabbit was too salty to eat and the ribs were just little blobs of gristle. Even the salads were absurdly salty. I think we all left hungry. I went home and cooked another dinner for my husband and myself.

We've had good experiences and yummy food there in the past. Maybe last night was an anomoly. But I sure don't think I'm willing to test that theory.

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★☆☆☆☆

My family had dinner at LHH last night. I don' think we'll be back any time soon.

Service: We were seated quickly, however once we were at our table everything moved extremely slowly. Both my sister and I are obviously pregnant and yet our server kept asking if we wanted cocktails. Once we ordered our food, the wait began. It took almost an hour to get our entrees and yet we were only one of three tables.

Food: The best way to sum up the food is "bleh...". The risotto was bland and unappealing. The rabbit was too salty to eat and the ribs were just little blobs of gristle. Even the salads were absurdly salty. I think we all left hungry. I went home and cooked another dinner for my husband and myself.

We've had good experiences and yummy food there in the past. Maybe last night was an anomoly. But I sure don't think I'm willing to test that theory.

Pros: quick seating

Cons: poor service, lackluster food

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We went early because we were We were seated immediately. And then it happened. We tried so many things....nothing that we had ever eaten before, and loved it all! The focaccio with GRAPES! Fab! the clams with beans,...unbelievable, pork cheeks that we were afraid to order was just a total delectable surprise...tasty, tender and delicious. We had a salad and another entree, plus we had to try the grape tart with carmel ice cream and salt, and even that was lick the plate delicious! Now I know why they are so busy! They deserve their reputation!

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★★★★★

We went early because we were We were seated immediately. And then it happened. We tried so many things....nothing that we had ever eaten before, and loved it all! The focaccio with GRAPES! Fab! the clams with beans,...unbelievable, pork cheeks that we were afraid to order was just a total delectable surprise...tasty, tender and delicious. We had a salad and another entree, plus we had to try the grape tart with carmel ice cream and salt, and even that was lick the plate delicious! Now I know why they are so busy! They deserve their reputation!

Pros: Everything!

Cons: Can't think of one thing!

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I love this place. I miss the old pink house they first started out in. They had an amazing beef dish that you would wrap in lettuce, mix with sticky rice and dip in delicious sauce, where did that go? They still have one of the best burgers in town

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★★★★☆

I love this place. I miss the old pink house they first started out in. They had an amazing beef dish that you would wrap in lettuce, mix with sticky rice and dip in delicious sauce, where did that go? They still have one of the best burgers in town

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We first visited Lovely Hula Hands when it was in the big pink house and were immediately hooked! They have since moved further up on Mississippi and the dining area is still intimate and the food is amazingly delicious. They have a small menu that has wonderful tastes for everyone to please their palate, they even offer a wonderful burger for finicky eaters.

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★★★★★

We first visited Lovely Hula Hands when it was in the big pink house and were immediately hooked! They have since moved further up on Mississippi and the dining area is still intimate and the food is amazingly delicious. They have a small menu that has wonderful tastes for everyone to please their palate, they even offer a wonderful burger for finicky eaters.

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My foodie friend from out of town found Lovely Hula Hands in researching restaurants before her visit. My boyfriend and I had already walked by months ago and noticed how cute and cozy it looked and decided we wanted to go sometime, so we were looking forward to checking it out. We were prepared for a wait based on the reviews, so we made sure we weren't starving when we showed up. When we arrived we were greeted right away by a very friendly hostess. She told us it would be about 45 minutes and offered to write down a cell number and call us when the table was ready. We had a drink nearby and got a call in about 30 minutes. I said, "Okay, we'll be there in 3 minutes!" She said to take our time, no rush. We were seated downstairs in the cozy dining room and we ordered 3 of their delicious specialty cocktails. We shared a great arugula salad with shallots and pickled asparagus. There was a short list of entrees, but we still had trouble deciding. I got fried chicken, which sounds boring, but it was cooked to perfection and they definitely put a gourmet spin on it. My friend had an amazing pork chop that was also cooked perfectly and had incredible sides. The service was attentive and friendly. Overall, I was very happy with the experience. It was one of the nicest dinners I've had in a long time. I will definitely be back. I'm just hoping too many people don't discover it as well! ;-)

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★★★★★

My foodie friend from out of town found Lovely Hula Hands in researching restaurants before her visit. My boyfriend and I had already walked by months ago and noticed how cute and cozy it looked and decided we wanted to go sometime, so we were looking forward to checking it out. We were prepared for a wait based on the reviews, so we made sure we weren't starving when we showed up. When we arrived we were greeted right away by a very friendly hostess. She told us it would be about 45 minutes and offered to write down a cell number and call us when the table was ready. We had a drink nearby and got a call in about 30 minutes. I said, "Okay, we'll be there in 3 minutes!" She said to take our time, no rush. We were seated downstairs in the cozy dining room and we ordered 3 of their delicious specialty cocktails. We shared a great arugula salad with shallots and pickled asparagus. There was a short list of entrees, but we still had trouble deciding. I got fried chicken, which sounds boring, but it was cooked to perfection and they definitely put a gourmet spin on it. My friend had an amazing pork chop that was also cooked perfectly and had incredible sides. The service was attentive and friendly. Overall, I was very happy with the experience. It was one of the nicest dinners I've had in a long time. I will definitely be back. I'm just hoping too many people don't discover it as well! ;-)

Pros: Cozy, amazing food, different spins on old favorites

Cons: wait time

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This place is truly great. Went tonight with friends- there was a wait but we had a drink elsewhere while waiting for a table. After we were seated in the cutest dining room ever (upstairs), we had great cocktails and lovely salads (smoked trout, I believe). Service was spot on and knowledgeable, dinner arrived promptly and was delicious. I was told that the menu changes almost daily which is cool. All in all, a perfect place to spend the evening with friends over a good bottle of wine and a great meal.

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★★★★★

This place is truly great. Went tonight with friends- there was a wait but we had a drink elsewhere while waiting for a table. After we were seated in the cutest dining room ever (upstairs), we had great cocktails and lovely salads (smoked trout, I believe). Service was spot on and knowledgeable, dinner arrived promptly and was delicious. I was told that the menu changes almost daily which is cool. All in all, a perfect place to spend the evening with friends over a good bottle of wine and a great meal.

Pros: very cute with great food and drink

Cons: was a long wait, but we were prepared for it on a Saturday night

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The uncomfortable wait for WHAT? my favorite meal in PDX was at the old location, flat iron steak, which is no longer on the menu. Now the food is too salty, even the green salad....the chef must smoke.

On the positive side, they do provide large pitchers of ice water........I guess servers got tired of filling warter...

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★☆☆☆☆

The uncomfortable wait for WHAT? my favorite meal in PDX was at the old location, flat iron steak, which is no longer on the menu. Now the food is too salty, even the green salad....the chef must smoke.

On the positive side, they do provide large pitchers of ice water........I guess servers got tired of filling warter...

Cons: long wait and uncomfortable waiting area - SALTY FOOD

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Recently 4 of us went to LHH on a Saturday night. They don't take reservations, and when we showed up at 6pm they said it was an hour wait. There were about 7 parties waiting in the extremely small entry way, so we put our name on the list and went down the street to Equinox for drinks and appetizers and came back an hour later. After waiting 10 more minutes we got seated, ordered, and waited 40 minutes for the food to come. The 4-top next to us had been there and ordered before us, and the server started bringing food to their table, but then took it away from them, and brought it to us, so we ended up getting served first. The burger bun was soggy and the fries were cold. The fish and the dessert were good but the noisy, crowded dining room made it really hard to enjoy anything. Next time I'll just stay at Equinox.

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★☆☆☆☆

Recently 4 of us went to LHH on a Saturday night. They don't take reservations, and when we showed up at 6pm they said it was an hour wait. There were about 7 parties waiting in the extremely small entry way, so we put our name on the list and went down the street to Equinox for drinks and appetizers and came back an hour later. After waiting 10 more minutes we got seated, ordered, and waited 40 minutes for the food to come. The 4-top next to us had been there and ordered before us, and the server started bringing food to their table, but then took it away from them, and brought it to us, so we ended up getting served first. The burger bun was soggy and the fries were cold. The fish and the dessert were good but the noisy, crowded dining room made it really hard to enjoy anything. Next time I'll just stay at Equinox.

Pros: nice looking dining room

Cons: way too loud, long wait, don't take reservations

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Love. This. Place. My partner and I go frequently and they've always delivered the goods! Ask for the padron peppers--they're the best!

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★★★★☆

Love. This. Place. My partner and I go frequently and they've always delivered the goods! Ask for the padron peppers--they're the best!

Pros: Great service; very good food

Cons: Seating is limited--be prepared to wait a while.

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We went to Lovely Hula Hands for the first time after hearing many good things about it. We lucked out with a big table at the front of the restaurant (they don't take reservations and there were 5 of us). The wine list was decent. The salads were decent - big, but not the best I've had. The menu is very limited and there really aren't many non-meat options. All 3 of the non-meat eaters at our table ended up ordering the same thing for this reason (a good shrimp dish with lots of big shrimp). Dessert was yummy (my husband got a date bread pudding that he absolutely loved). Good for a special occasion (it's not cheap). Very nice atmosphere - remodeled in a vintage style. Check out the cool tile in the bathrooms.

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★★★☆☆

We went to Lovely Hula Hands for the first time after hearing many good things about it. We lucked out with a big table at the front of the restaurant (they don't take reservations and there were 5 of us). The wine list was decent. The salads were decent - big, but not the best I've had. The menu is very limited and there really aren't many non-meat options. All 3 of the non-meat eaters at our table ended up ordering the same thing for this reason (a good shrimp dish with lots of big shrimp). Dessert was yummy (my husband got a date bread pudding that he absolutely loved). Good for a special occasion (it's not cheap). Very nice atmosphere - remodeled in a vintage style. Check out the cool tile in the bathrooms.

Pros: Romantic, cozy atmosphere

Cons: Limited menu with few veggie or fish options

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The atmosphere and setting is really nice. There was a long wait on a Saturday evening but that is to be expected.

We had chickpea puree as appetizer which was very nice.

I had the Ribeye which was great except for the steak! The mushrooms were great and the onion rings were nice too but the steak itself was very fatty, hard to chew and the sauce on it was very salty. I only ate half of it. My date's food was also very salty. So even though it was a lovely setting, I think we will pass next time.

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★★★☆☆

The atmosphere and setting is really nice. There was a long wait on a Saturday evening but that is to be expected.

We had chickpea puree as appetizer which was very nice.

I had the Ribeye which was great except for the steak! The mushrooms were great and the onion rings were nice too but the steak itself was very fatty, hard to chew and the sauce on it was very salty. I only ate half of it. My date's food was also very salty. So even though it was a lovely setting, I think we will pass next time.

Pros: Ambience, Romantic, Long Cocktail List

Cons: Overpriced, Too Salty, Steak Not Good

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I had recently read about them in Sunset and thought it was worth a try.. The atmosphere was very warm and tasteful. At first I wasn't impressed with the menu but took a chance. I ordered the crepes which I wish I had the recipe for! It was probably the best dish I've had in the last year!!!! This is coming from someone who eats out probably 3+ nights a week...and travels every week. GREAT FOOD!
My boyfriend ordered the burger which he loved as well. PLEASE SEND ME THE RECIPE!

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★★★★★

I had recently read about them in Sunset and thought it was worth a try.. The atmosphere was very warm and tasteful. At first I wasn't impressed with the menu but took a chance. I ordered the crepes which I wish I had the recipe for! It was probably the best dish I've had in the last year!!!! This is coming from someone who eats out probably 3+ nights a week...and travels every week. GREAT FOOD!
My boyfriend ordered the burger which he loved as well. PLEASE SEND ME THE RECIPE!

Pros: great food

Cons: a bit on the pricey side

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what do I love the most? the flame-lit ambience? the friendly face at the door? the fresh delicious cuisine? the pink pear cocktail?????
it's nice when you don't have to choose, and only need to.... bask.

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★★★★★

what do I love the most? the flame-lit ambience? the friendly face at the door? the fresh delicious cuisine? the pink pear cocktail?????
it's nice when you don't have to choose, and only need to.... bask.

Pros: service, freshness

Cons: bring back the polenta!

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Having enjoyed the old location, I was happy to see the new locale done up in much the same style - warmly lit with charming personal touches and an intimate atmosphere. The service here is always friendly (but not intrusive) and the drinks are some of the best in Portland. The menu has changed with the move, but still looks vaguely familiar with a good selection of starters, several burger options, and a nice range of entrees. I've been twice since they opened in the new spot and, while tentative at first with the change in chef, have been very impressed with the food. I had the chicken the first time around, which was fantastic, and the vegetable stew the second time, which was great for this time of year (with squash - my favorite!). Overall, Hula Hands is still a great restaurant and I will definitely keep going back!

2
★★★★★

Having enjoyed the old location, I was happy to see the new locale done up in much the same style - warmly lit with charming personal touches and an intimate atmosphere. The service here is always friendly (but not intrusive) and the drinks are some of the best in Portland. The menu has changed with the move, but still looks vaguely familiar with a good selection of starters, several burger options, and a nice range of entrees. I've been twice since they opened in the new spot and, while tentative at first with the change in chef, have been very impressed with the food. I had the chicken the first time around, which was fantastic, and the vegetable stew the second time, which was great for this time of year (with squash - my favorite!). Overall, Hula Hands is still a great restaurant and I will definitely keep going back!

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My girlfriend and I dined at the new location last night, and it was definitely not as good as in the past. The space itself is pleasant enough, although just as tiny downstairs as the old place (not necessarily a bad thing, as it is cozy). As we were looking forward to having the pumpkin curry dish (my hands down favorite vegetarian dish in all of Portland), we were disappointed to find out that they had changed chefs, and it was no longer on the menu. We started with the radicchio salad and the chantrelle mushroom and leek tart, which were tasty but rather small portions. For an entree, we split what was referred to as a Fall vegetable stew, and what in reality turned out to be a bowl of vegetable soup with a handful of couscous in it. Although tasty, I could have eaten three portions of it myself, no problem, and it was $14.50. Some good bread to sop up the broth would have been very helpful, and gone a long way towards helping to satiate my hunger, but no bread was available. Our server was nice, (but she did offer us dessert before our dinner had even arrived - a mistake that I attributed to the newness of the place - hopefully) and our "pink pear" drink was delicious, but the overall value of the food was very poor considering the prices. Seeing as it is a long way from our home, and doesn't seem to be a very good value anymore, it is doubtful if we will return.

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★★★☆☆

My girlfriend and I dined at the new location last night, and it was definitely not as good as in the past. The space itself is pleasant enough, although just as tiny downstairs as the old place (not necessarily a bad thing, as it is cozy). As we were looking forward to having the pumpkin curry dish (my hands down favorite vegetarian dish in all of Portland), we were disappointed to find out that they had changed chefs, and it was no longer on the menu. We started with the radicchio salad and the chantrelle mushroom and leek tart, which were tasty but rather small portions. For an entree, we split what was referred to as a Fall vegetable stew, and what in reality turned out to be a bowl of vegetable soup with a handful of couscous in it. Although tasty, I could have eaten three portions of it myself, no problem, and it was $14.50. Some good bread to sop up the broth would have been very helpful, and gone a long way towards helping to satiate my hunger, but no bread was available. Our server was nice, (but she did offer us dessert before our dinner had even arrived - a mistake that I attributed to the newness of the place - hopefully) and our "pink pear" drink was delicious, but the overall value of the food was very poor considering the prices. Seeing as it is a long way from our home, and doesn't seem to be a very good value anymore, it is doubtful if we will return.

Pros: Cute Space

Cons: Not a good value

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I really enjoy Lovely Hula Hands when I want to celebrate a special occasion or need a romantic spot for me and my honey. I especially love the mushroom/polenta dish that I can't resist ordering the past few times I've visited the restaurant. Prepare for a bit of a wait, but it's worth it, especially if you score a cocktail and appetizer before you're seated.

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★★★★☆

I really enjoy Lovely Hula Hands when I want to celebrate a special occasion or need a romantic spot for me and my honey. I especially love the mushroom/polenta dish that I can't resist ordering the past few times I've visited the restaurant. Prepare for a bit of a wait, but it's worth it, especially if you score a cocktail and appetizer before you're seated.

Pros: Romantic, delicious, great people-watching

Cons: None

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I have to say that LHH makes the BEST burger & fries I've had in PDX! This place is so much more than a burger joint, but it's undeniable - the burger is YUMMY! It was a great place to head with a close friend, your mom, or on a date. I really hope that the charm and coziness of the pink house aren't lost in the new location. Can't wait to check it out.

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★★★★★

I have to say that LHH makes the BEST burger & fries I've had in PDX! This place is so much more than a burger joint, but it's undeniable - the burger is YUMMY! It was a great place to head with a close friend, your mom, or on a date. I really hope that the charm and coziness of the pink house aren't lost in the new location. Can't wait to check it out.

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Cheerful, friendly service. They don't take reservations (perhaps this will change with new location planned for November) but they don't ply you with drinks while you wait either. Food was so flavorful and served at perfect temperature. Portions were generous. Vegetarians won't be disappointed as their were wonderful and imaginative choices on the menu with no meat or cheese. We had a terrific meal and a fine evening. Would recommend LHH to any foodie and plan to return.

2
★★★★★

Cheerful, friendly service. They don't take reservations (perhaps this will change with new location planned for November) but they don't ply you with drinks while you wait either. Food was so flavorful and served at perfect temperature. Portions were generous. Vegetarians won't be disappointed as their were wonderful and imaginative choices on the menu with no meat or cheese. We had a terrific meal and a fine evening. Would recommend LHH to any foodie and plan to return.

Pros: The food and service

Cons: no reservations can mean waiting in a cramped spot with few amenities

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Finally tried Lovely Hula Hands- it's been on the list for years, and was not dissapointed. The eclectic menu to satisfied the diverse tastes in our dining party, and the flavors were spicy yet subtle in the menu items we ordered.
The dining room, while some are calling it "cramped", is brimming with atmosphere and character and I did not feel at all cramped where we were sitting. Rather, it invited a cozy feel into our meal.
The service was friendly although they appeared a bit overworked for a Wednesday night.
My one complaint is the lack of reservations here, they do not accept them, and we waited nearly 35 minutes on the porch. The waitress promised she would come out and take the drink orders for the 5 or so other parties waiting outside in the chilly air, but she never appeared. This resulted is some very grumpy people from the porch storming in to demand glasses of wine.
Once we were seated, it was worth the wait. I would like to try the happy hour next.

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★★★★☆

Finally tried Lovely Hula Hands- it's been on the list for years, and was not dissapointed. The eclectic menu to satisfied the diverse tastes in our dining party, and the flavors were spicy yet subtle in the menu items we ordered.
The dining room, while some are calling it "cramped", is brimming with atmosphere and character and I did not feel at all cramped where we were sitting. Rather, it invited a cozy feel into our meal.
The service was friendly although they appeared a bit overworked for a Wednesday night.
My one complaint is the lack of reservations here, they do not accept them, and we waited nearly 35 minutes on the porch. The waitress promised she would come out and take the drink orders for the 5 or so other parties waiting outside in the chilly air, but she never appeared. This resulted is some very grumpy people from the porch storming in to demand glasses of wine.
Once we were seated, it was worth the wait. I would like to try the happy hour next.

Pros: excellent food, atmosphere

Cons: no reservations accepted

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finally got the chance to try this place out after driving by dozens of times. it was pretty busy for a sunday night and our party of 3 had to wait about 15 minutes, but it was well worth it. our waitress was so lovely! my pan roasted chicken was delicious and even though there was only one choice for dessert (chocolate molten cake with raspberry sauce and creme fraiche) it was perfect. menu is a bit limited to go every weekend but i will definitely check this place out once a season. great for a date or girls night out.

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★★★★★

finally got the chance to try this place out after driving by dozens of times. it was pretty busy for a sunday night and our party of 3 had to wait about 15 minutes, but it was well worth it. our waitress was so lovely! my pan roasted chicken was delicious and even though there was only one choice for dessert (chocolate molten cake with raspberry sauce and creme fraiche) it was perfect. menu is a bit limited to go every weekend but i will definitely check this place out once a season. great for a date or girls night out.

Pros: ambience, dessert, staff

Cons: had to wait

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There are few places that have the combination of excellent service and outstanding food but Lovely Hula hands definitely fits both of these descriptions.

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★★★★★

There are few places that have the combination of excellent service and outstanding food but Lovely Hula hands definitely fits both of these descriptions.

Pros: fresh food, outstanding service, reasonable wine list

Cons: location, size of dining area

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Great menu, great food and good service. Cocktails are fairly good. Only real drawback is that the place is tiny and cramped - but with nice decor. You simply must try this place though because the food is exceptional.

2
★★★★★

Great menu, great food and good service. Cocktails are fairly good. Only real drawback is that the place is tiny and cramped - but with nice decor. You simply must try this place though because the food is exceptional.

Pros: Food, Food!, Food!!!

Cons: Cramped

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From the intimate dining room with its relaxed casual feel to the staff who brings you amazing food and cocktails, Lovely Hula Hands is a fun experience to have again and again... great for a date night, girls night out or family gatherings.

PROS: Friendly welcoming staff-Unique cocktails & food-Easy location
CONS: ? None !!

5
★★★★★

From the intimate dining room with its relaxed casual feel to the staff who brings you amazing food and cocktails, Lovely Hula Hands is a fun experience to have again and again... great for a date night, girls night out or family gatherings.

PROS: Friendly welcoming staff-Unique cocktails & food-Easy location
CONS: ? None !!

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besides the fact that the colour of the outside of this establishment is fabulous pink & black... i love the cozy, intimate atmosphere. the service rocks and the owner couldn't be more wonderful! during the winter months make sure you try one of their homemade hot buttered rum drinks! yummmmmmy!

PROS: cozy, warm, something on the menu for everyone
CONS: no reservations, sometimes a wait

5
★★★★★

besides the fact that the colour of the outside of this establishment is fabulous pink & black... i love the cozy, intimate atmosphere. the service rocks and the owner couldn't be more wonderful! during the winter months make sure you try one of their homemade hot buttered rum drinks! yummmmmmy!

PROS: cozy, warm, something on the menu for everyone
CONS: no reservations, sometimes a wait

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The negative reviews given here seem either mean spirited (in one case) or just very picky in others. i went here for my birthday with a large group and they were not only accomodating, but very friendly. Our drinks and food arrived timely and delicious. If you are really that upset about the lack of wine glasses, you should try the Barberra-it's good no matter what you drink it out of. my group consisted of foodie vegetarians and wine geeks-all of whom were pleased. Yeah, it's crowded on the main floor, but don't be so uptight and share a smile with your neighbor! Great place and a first date (or seal the deal date) certainty!

2
★★★★★

The negative reviews given here seem either mean spirited (in one case) or just very picky in others. i went here for my birthday with a large group and they were not only accomodating, but very friendly. Our drinks and food arrived timely and delicious. If you are really that upset about the lack of wine glasses, you should try the Barberra-it's good no matter what you drink it out of. my group consisted of foodie vegetarians and wine geeks-all of whom were pleased. Yeah, it's crowded on the main floor, but don't be so uptight and share a smile with your neighbor! Great place and a first date (or seal the deal date) certainty!

Pros: veggie friendly, good service

Cons: crowded, beer list

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This place is what it is. Don't expect super involved dishes and fine-dining style service. For 13$/entree coming out of a small kitchen in a cozy old living room with wood tables, you're not going to get it. Nor should you. The servers are friendly and attentive, and do what they can in the small space. The food is super simple home cooking. Everything we had we really liked, even if it was a little bland- hey, its comfort food. The crab cakes are amazing! The wine list needs to be expanded. Oh yeah, and the lack of wine glasses when we ordered a bottle bothered us a bit. I know they are trying to keep it simple and cute there, but please get wine glasses!

2
★★★★★

This place is what it is. Don't expect super involved dishes and fine-dining style service. For 13$/entree coming out of a small kitchen in a cozy old living room with wood tables, you're not going to get it. Nor should you. The servers are friendly and attentive, and do what they can in the small space. The food is super simple home cooking. Everything we had we really liked, even if it was a little bland- hey, its comfort food. The crab cakes are amazing! The wine list needs to be expanded. Oh yeah, and the lack of wine glasses when we ordered a bottle bothered us a bit. I know they are trying to keep it simple and cute there, but please get wine glasses!

Pros: cozy, good, simple food

Cons: wine list, no wine glasses

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Came across this place totally by accident driving around the Mississippi area and decided to come back one night for dinner. Glad we did. WOW-amazing flavor combinations. Try the pumpkin risotto w/ grilled green beans and plantains on top. Drinks are good too. We recommended to friends who went and had some serious service issues and left. So be cautioned. The place is extremely small-be prepared to wait. Go at an off time to avoid the wait and possible service problems. The food is worth it however.

2
★★★★★

Came across this place totally by accident driving around the Mississippi area and decided to come back one night for dinner. Glad we did. WOW-amazing flavor combinations. Try the pumpkin risotto w/ grilled green beans and plantains on top. Drinks are good too. We recommended to friends who went and had some serious service issues and left. So be cautioned. The place is extremely small-be prepared to wait. Go at an off time to avoid the wait and possible service problems. The food is worth it however.

Pros: food, flavors, location

Cons: small space, wait

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There must be something about L.H.H. that warrants such a loyal following, but I don't get it. I disagree almost completely with everything I have read about this restaurant with two exceptions -- the cocktails and hamburgers are terrific. The other food, however, is lackluster, directionless, and without subtlety. If large quantities piled haphazardly on a poorly arranged plate is O.K. with you, Hula Hands can oblige, along with uncomfortable chairs in a cramped dining room.

All would be forgiven if just one thing other than the burger was stellar. But, it isn't and those who think otherwise must be related to the owners or are just sentimental about eating is refurbished structures with a boarding room motif. This is nothing more than an derivative menu, uninspired, unprofessional, unlovely. It must not take much encouragement to open a restaurant these days.

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★☆☆☆☆

There must be something about L.H.H. that warrants such a loyal following, but I don't get it. I disagree almost completely with everything I have read about this restaurant with two exceptions -- the cocktails and hamburgers are terrific. The other food, however, is lackluster, directionless, and without subtlety. If large quantities piled haphazardly on a poorly arranged plate is O.K. with you, Hula Hands can oblige, along with uncomfortable chairs in a cramped dining room.

All would be forgiven if just one thing other than the burger was stellar. But, it isn't and those who think otherwise must be related to the owners or are just sentimental about eating is refurbished structures with a boarding room motif. This is nothing more than an derivative menu, uninspired, unprofessional, unlovely. It must not take much encouragement to open a restaurant these days.

Pros: cocktails, hamburgers

Cons: menu offering, food preparation, lack of focus

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Remarkable idea/concept: turn of the century house converted into a restaurant. When's the last time you had food service in an old bedroom!? Had the Thai BBQ, served with fresh mint and basil with a hot vinegar sauce: DEVINE and just enough "hot" to give it a fun kick! Waitstaff is very comforting: server brought incorrect beer to the table and I didn't realize it. Half way through my beer, she brought out the correct one and greatly appologized and comped the 2nd beer. Decor so fun and the small bar (which used to be the dining room) is a great hangout.

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★★★★★

Remarkable idea/concept: turn of the century house converted into a restaurant. When's the last time you had food service in an old bedroom!? Had the Thai BBQ, served with fresh mint and basil with a hot vinegar sauce: DEVINE and just enough "hot" to give it a fun kick! Waitstaff is very comforting: server brought incorrect beer to the table and I didn't realize it. Half way through my beer, she brought out the correct one and greatly appologized and comped the 2nd beer. Decor so fun and the small bar (which used to be the dining room) is a great hangout.

Pros: Concept, Rich tastes, Variety

Cons: Tight but fun

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I love heading to lovely hula hands when I need some good home cookin'. Although i have had a couple of items that weren't fantastic (like the steak), I usually go for the chicken and I immediately feel warm and fuzzy inside. I also love the service. It's friendly and attentive, and they all seem to have a lot of ownership in their jobs.

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★★★★★

I love heading to lovely hula hands when I need some good home cookin'. Although i have had a couple of items that weren't fantastic (like the steak), I usually go for the chicken and I immediately feel warm and fuzzy inside. I also love the service. It's friendly and attentive, and they all seem to have a lot of ownership in their jobs.

Pros: small, chicken, great vibe

Cons: , can wait a while

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This place is so quintessentially Portland. Take an old house in the middle of nowhere -- between residential neighborhoods and industrial/freeway territory -- paint it bright pink, and make the often crowded waiting room the house's porch and make the food and ambience inside worth the wait. They took the living room of the house and made it a romantic dining room, intimate and warm. My ultra-foodie husband thinks this is the best place in Portland.

The staff is a consistently little forgetful or maybe overworked, but keep at them and they'll come through.

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★★★★★

This place is so quintessentially Portland. Take an old house in the middle of nowhere -- between residential neighborhoods and industrial/freeway territory -- paint it bright pink, and make the often crowded waiting room the house's porch and make the food and ambience inside worth the wait. They took the living room of the house and made it a romantic dining room, intimate and warm. My ultra-foodie husband thinks this is the best place in Portland.

The staff is a consistently little forgetful or maybe overworked, but keep at them and they'll come through.

Pros: Food, Ambience, Clientele

Cons: , Service

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I love this place and I really love that old house and how they set it up. It really has a funky charm. The only downside is it's so small. The drinks are great and the food is delicious with huge portions. Along with Mingo and Ciato Vito I could never get bored. A small staff, but they are very friendly and attentive. I highly reccomend the chicken. The Chiken is the BEST I've ever tasted. The asparagas was also wonderful! Did I mention the great desert , also? I had a strawberry cheesecake with whip cream that I can still taste. Hula hands , for what you get is perhaps the best value in town. I'll be back again and again!

2
★★★★★

I love this place and I really love that old house and how they set it up. It really has a funky charm. The only downside is it's so small. The drinks are great and the food is delicious with huge portions. Along with Mingo and Ciato Vito I could never get bored. A small staff, but they are very friendly and attentive. I highly reccomend the chicken. The Chiken is the BEST I've ever tasted. The asparagas was also wonderful! Did I mention the great desert , also? I had a strawberry cheesecake with whip cream that I can still taste. Hula hands , for what you get is perhaps the best value in town. I'll be back again and again!

Pros: fairly inexpensive, great service, funky charm

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this place is great---delicious burgers, salads and calamari, wonderful drinks, sweet and perfect service...it is great for a date. gets way busy past 7 and on weekends, however, but is worth the wait. should be great this summer as i belive they have outdoor seating. Should be nominated for Best Burger!!!!

2
★★★★★

this place is great---delicious burgers, salads and calamari, wonderful drinks, sweet and perfect service...it is great for a date. gets way busy past 7 and on weekends, however, but is worth the wait. should be great this summer as i belive they have outdoor seating. Should be nominated for Best Burger!!!!

Pros: service, atmosphere, menu

Cons: , busy

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Creative cocktail menu, good food, and cozy decor. Tried the flatiron skirt steak ($13ish) with the Vietnamese/Thai style fish sauce with romaine lettuce, sprouts, and mint leaves. For a thin (1/2) steak it was cooked perfectly medium rare. Tried the Korean beef which was jerky style chewy bbqy goodness. Tried the wild mushroom dish over polenta, fantastic! Normally I dont do vegetarian dishes, but this was incredible, (mushrooms are in season right now). I should point out that you could easily get a very tasty Vietnamese steak dish at a mom n pop style restaurant on 82nd with bare white walls and plastic chairs for $6.95, but you wouldnt have the Painted Hills beef, the cocktails, and cozy decor. The service was timely and unobtrusive. Four of us arrived at 8:30pm and were seated just before 9pm on a Thursday.

2
★★★★☆

Creative cocktail menu, good food, and cozy decor. Tried the flatiron skirt steak ($13ish) with the Vietnamese/Thai style fish sauce with romaine lettuce, sprouts, and mint leaves. For a thin (1/2) steak it was cooked perfectly medium rare. Tried the Korean beef which was jerky style chewy bbqy goodness. Tried the wild mushroom dish over polenta, fantastic! Normally I dont do vegetarian dishes, but this was incredible, (mushrooms are in season right now). I should point out that you could easily get a very tasty Vietnamese steak dish at a mom n pop style restaurant on 82nd with bare white walls and plastic chairs for $6.95, but you wouldnt have the Painted Hills beef, the cocktails, and cozy decor. The service was timely and unobtrusive. Four of us arrived at 8:30pm and were seated just before 9pm on a Thursday.

Pros: drinks, food, parking

Cons: , tight spacing, air temp too hot

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Very snobby. The restaurant is so "hip" that the staff can be dismissive to patrons. Let's see if they have the same attitude when the initial buzz about this place wears off. Better bet - go to Wild Abandon, Muu Muu's or Dragon Fish for mid-priced funky flair.

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★★★☆☆

Very snobby. The restaurant is so "hip" that the staff can be dismissive to patrons. Let's see if they have the same attitude when the initial buzz about this place wears off. Better bet - go to Wild Abandon, Muu Muu's or Dragon Fish for mid-priced funky flair.

Pros: atmosphere, lighting, easy parking

Cons: , too small, service

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I work in ne PDX and I must say I am so glad that this place exists! The food is wonderful and very reasonable. The hours ROCK! and it's so beautiful, cozy and romantic. I am a huge fan!!!

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★★★★★

I work in ne PDX and I must say I am so glad that this place exists! The food is wonderful and very reasonable. The hours ROCK! and it's so beautiful, cozy and romantic. I am a huge fan!!!

Pros: atmosphere, great drinks, good prices

Cons: service needs work

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My boyfriend and I went to dinner here last night. The wait staff could not have been nicer! Our waitress spent awhile with us explaining ingredients, sauces, etc. to make sure we were making fully informed decisions. The food came right away, was piping hot and very delicious! I got the Thai steak and it was cooked so perfectly I didn't even need my steak knife. We both thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the waitress came back afterwards and wanted to know what we thought. This may be my new favorite restaurant. Best of all - it's right down the street from my house and one of the only places open late on a Sunday night in the neighborhood!

2
★★★★★

My boyfriend and I went to dinner here last night. The wait staff could not have been nicer! Our waitress spent awhile with us explaining ingredients, sauces, etc. to make sure we were making fully informed decisions. The food came right away, was piping hot and very delicious! I got the Thai steak and it was cooked so perfectly I didn't even need my steak knife. We both thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the waitress came back afterwards and wanted to know what we thought. This may be my new favorite restaurant. Best of all - it's right down the street from my house and one of the only places open late on a Sunday night in the neighborhood!

 

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