Well, that was fast: Deepak Kaul’s vegetable-heavy Indian pop-up Bhuna, which launched earlier this year, is already going brick-and-mortar. Kaul has announced plans to move into the Dick’s Kitchen location on NW 21st this September.
Every Monday, Kaul has served Kashmiri “soul food” out of Culmination Brewing on NE Oregon, from smoky collard greens with kohlrabi to Indian-style mango ice cream. He quickly piqued the interest of Willamette Week, and most recently, got the folks at Food & Wine to deign to visit Portland. The menu at the new place will be very similar to the pop-up; expect dishes like pakora, chickpea-battered calamari, and rice bowls covered in Goan pork vindaloo or Kashmiri lamb rogan josh.
Bhuna is far from the only one making Northwest trendy again: twee sushi shop Fish & Rice, beloved breakfast pop-up Hunnymilk, artsy bar Pink Rabbit, gin bar Botanist and Interurban outpost Bantam Tavern will all open in Northwest within the next few months, from the Pearl to the Alphabet District. Kaul is also not the only one leaving home at Culmination, as well: Earlier this summer, nano-brewery Ruse found its own digs in Sellwood, leaving its small operation within the Sandy-area brewery. Bhuna will open at 704 NW 21st Avenue.
• Bhuna [Facebook]
• A Bunch of Pop-Ups Are Finding New Homes [EPDX]
• You Can Now Eat Spicy, Funky, Kashmiri Soul Food at One of Portland’s Best Breweries [WWeek]
• 20 Craft Breweries Where the Food Is as Big a Draw as the Beer [Food & Wine]