Look down on the floor of the new E. Burnside bar PaaDee, a collaboration between Mee Sen founder Earl Ninsom and the owners of Goose Hollow's Kinara Thai Bistro, and two Land lines have been: Portland's over here; Thailand's over there. PaaDee, which makes its official debut next week, will feature a menu of Thai comfort food during lunch, dinner, and late night (which features a nightly happy hour after 10pm): Think drinking snacks like a selection of grilled skewers, sai grog e-san (a fried Northern Thai fermented rice and pork sausage), and tod mon pla (fried fish cakes served with cucumber relish). Heartier entrees include soups and noodle bowls, dishes like grilled steak and sauteed crispy pork belly, and kai jiew muu sub, a Thai-style omelette described as "good old-fashioned Thai home cooking."
But for a sneak peek, PaaDee's all-are-welcome soft opening, scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday) from 4:30pm to 1:30am, also doubles as a fundraiser for Thai flood relief efforts: According to Ninsom, 20% of the evening's total sales will be donated to Mercy Corps.
· PaaDee [Official site]
· All Previous PaaDee Coverage [Eater PDX]