Akkapong "Earl" Ninsom — the restaurateur behind SE 28th's PaaDee and consultant behind SE's Tarad — has announced plans to open a new Thai concept, right next door to PaaDee's current location. Eat Beat is the first to report that Langbaan will occupy the recently renovated space next to PaaDee, with the 28-seat space exclusively offering Thai tasting menus featuring traditional dishes rarely found outside Thailand. Per Eat Beat's Ben Tepler, the prix fixe menus will be cooked up by several recent expats, including an alum of David Thompson's acclaimed Nahm, and some early possibilities include pork jaaw nahm tok, Thai mackerel with an acacia ("stinky leaf") omelette, scallop ceviche with coconut milk, and goi neau, a "ceviche" of wagyu beef.
Langbaan is scheduled for a February 2014 opening. In the meantime, Ninsom will use the space as a site for recurring cooking classics that focus on Thai food. The first, reserved for kids only, is scheduled for Sunday, December 1: The class is free (an open to kids from four to 15 years old) but registration is required (and available by emailing here). More information about the Langbaan build-out and menu as it becomes available.
· PaaDee Owner to Open New Restaurant [Eat Beat]
· Langbaan [Facebook]
· All Previous Earl Ninsom Coverage [Eater PDX]
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