Oregon is home to a lot of restaurants, bars, wineries, and breweries, but there are tons of hidden gems that the majority of Portlanders aren't unearthing. To help guide us to these potential discoveries, we've enlisted some of our city's many food players to share their recommendations for a weekly feature dubbed Dining Confidential.
Image of Jade courtesy Lisa.Vu via blogspot
Chef Pascal Sauton, a Paris native, credits his 1997 move to Oregon to his interest in the availability of incredible products, driven by the seasons. Formerly the executive chef at RiverPlace's Lucere, as well as at his own French bistro Carafe, in 2011, Pascal and his daughter Prunelle created Milwaukie Kitchen & Wines as a gathering place to celebrate community through food and drink. But when he is able to unwind, you'll often find Sauton in Sellwood at a neighborhood (and Eater 38) favorite — Jade Teahouse & Patisserie.
In the middle of downtown Sellwood, Jade Bistro is a "gem." With a location close to my business, it's always a good choice to stop by after a long day, whether it's by myself or with my kids. Everyone can always find something that pleases their appetite. Owned and operated by the mother/daughter team of Lucy and April Eklund — you can always see them in the restaurant — I like that their food is fresh, always well prepared and served quickly. As for my choices, I usually settle one one of their perfect pho or curries, while my 10-year-old son is addicted to the Fried Pork & Shrimp Rolls and the Hum Bao, crafted by Lucy (the best I've had in Portland). In addition, Jade carries an incredible selection of whole leaf tea from around the world selected by April and brewed with care and tradition. Don't miss the desserts. The small case always carries lovely treats, from perfect French macarons to an amazing traditional Vietnamese wedding cake. You have got to try it! Prices are very reasonable and the place is always busy and vibrant.