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The Team Behind Fine Dining Spot Berlu Will Open a Vietnamese Bakery Tomorrow

Chef Vince Nguyen will serve pandan waffles, mango cake rolls, and pandan-rice cake known as bánh bò out of the restaurant space

Hands hold baking sheets full of yellow and red tarts, bright green spongecake, mango roll cakes at Berlu’s bakery
Pastries from Berlu’s bakery
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Professionally, chef Vince Nguyen spends most of his time in the kitchen making minimalist dishes in intricate tasting menus. His restaurant, Berlu, was a rising star restaurant of 2019, collecting raves from local critics. But this year, he’s doing something else, as well: Less than a week after launching his takeout tasting menu, Nguyen will start serving grab-and-go Vietnamese pastries out of his restaurant space, via a new plexiglass takeout window.

As the Oregonian first reported, Berlu’s bakery will serve pastries like mango cake rolls, seasonal fruit tarts, and coffee cream puffs from behind a plexiglass shield in the restaurant’s entrance. Nguyen is particularly excited about his version of bánh bò, a rice cake sweetened with pandan, with a distinct honeycomb-like appearance. “It’s one of the strangest things I’ve ever had, but it’s undeniably delicious,” Nguyen says. “If you go to a Vietnamese bakery, there’s lots of French influence — but this will also be gluten-free and dairy free. It’s very different from what other people are making.”

Outside the bakery case, the restaurant will serve coffee sourced from Southwest Vietnam, -potentially served with house-made sweetened and condensed coconut milk and house-made kombucha.

Berlu’s bakery will be open from 8 to 11 a.m. Tuesday through Friday at 605 SE Belmont Street, starting August 11.

Berlu [Official]
Berlu chef Vince Nguyen is opening a Vietnamese bakery [O]
After Months Closed, Fine Dining Spot Berlu Will Begin Serving Takeout Tasting Menus [EPDX]

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