Feb 16, 2012 at 4:00 am

Filipino Foray at Tambayan

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THIS IS THE SORT OF THING THAT THE MERCURY FOOD REVIEWS HAVE BEEN MISSING FOR A LONG LONG TIME. HUZZAH TO MR. ONSTAD! HUUZZZZAAAH!!
2
A good review deserves a sycophantic thumbs up. BEHOLD MY THUMB.
3
I LOVE THIS PLACE! Honestly, It is the best place to eat on Foster Between 50th and 82nd! I just wish that they would stay open a bit longer. Often they are closed by 8pm.
4
Yes! The food of my native people has finally landed in Portland. So excited to enjoy halo halo without leaving the state.
5
Kudos, sir! This is some bomb-ass writing.
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Michelle, Tambayan has been here at least 6 or 7 years, I think. There have been and still are a few filipino food carts around, too. eg, there's one on Division around 47th or so and one at 102nd and Stark.

That said, it's a good article and it's nice to see a deserving, under-the-radar place like Tambayan get some informed press.
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Nice! I have a lot of Filipino friends (and an ex) and have always enjoyed eating at their homes. I visited Tambayan about 2 years ago and really enjoyed it. The Filipino culture is very much about hospitality towards guests and enjoyment of food. Great review, thank you Chris.
8
It's not every restaurant review that references angry poultry feces... I add my huzzah and my thumb.
9
I am sick of this elitist trash, and eagerly expect the Oregonian to retaliate with a thorough review of Tad's Chicken n' Dumplings.

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Dave, they already did Tad's recently.
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@10 bahahahahahaha!
12
Mother. FUCK. This a supremely satisfying review composed entirely of awesome. Thank you, Mr. Onstad.
13
Phenominal work Big Words Onstad! ;-)
They need to give you a raise already! I've, for years, avoided the Merc's shitty vegan-centric, poorly edited amateur reviews. A friend told me to check this out and I'm glad I did! I'll be frequenting this place this week, and your reviews weekly now. Kudos!
14
I've been reading this paper for over ten years and don't remember the restaurant reviews ever being vegan-centric, generally speaking.
15
Kudos for the excellent review and the press for us out here in East EAST Portland.
16
Very much have enjoyed the food I've eaten and taken out from Tambayan since this review. Great lady who owns it! Good food. Great sweet buns to go, good hours. Love it! Thanks again Mr. Onstad.
17
WTF?? I'm sure this place is great, but the writing makes me gag. At least reading Patrick Allan Coleman I could tell he was a full grown adult.
Here's a tip: cut at least half of your flowery adjectives or find an editor who will.
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I used to think this particular review was purely a self glorifying splash into the Mercury's food column; but damn if it isn't brilliantly honest. It sound's like the critic really, really wants to like the food out of respect (and believably found some moments of pleasure). But how many times has your experience of authentic cuisine not lived up to those amazingly gourmet dishes that you had hoped? That fishy, chewy piece of flesh with a strange tinge of funk similar to rotting trash-- after all Korean Bbq is now mainstream. Have you ever seen what Bourdain eats in Finland at the street food kiosk after downing rounds of shots and countless liters of beer? The food is "authentically" Finnish (in a very 2am sort of way), but also very strange and, frankly, disgusting to the unexposed - no, it's not fermented herring. When all's said and done, Onstad summed it up: "..angry chicken feces." "...our old friend bagoong" It's the experience that's memorable, and going into the unknown can only lend even the critic some new perspective and maybe even a new-found favorite dish. Or, i dunno, maybe it's a form of Stockholm Syndrome. No matter, I think I'll go to Tambayan very soon to share in this experience, and to try a new cuisine that many in Portland have never acknowledged.

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