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Where to Find Standout Vegan Curries in Portland

Burmese, Ethiopian, Japanese, Sri Lankan, and more

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DesiPDX vegan thali plate
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While noodle soups are a favorite during the cold rainy months, there’s also a world of vegan curries worth exploring right here in Portland. This map covers a wide range of vegetable curries, venturing from Burmese to Ethiopian to Sri Lankan, including creative twists that celebrate Pacific Northwest produce. Curry travels well via takeout and delivery, making it ideal for enjoying safely at home with to-go cocktails.

As always, the restaurants are not ranked; rather, they’re organized geographically. For more cold weather eats, visit Eater’s vegan essentials, vegan noodle bowls, and vegan soups maps.

A number of Portland restaurants have resumed patio service. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Top Burmese

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Top Burmese and Beaverton sister restaurant Bistro Royale are known for their extensive and memorable vegan selection, from samosas to fermented tea leaf salad. Heavy on turmeric and paprika, the vegan curries include hefty cubes of tofu, garlicky eggplant, okra, and kabocha squash. To accompany the curries, the restaurants serve fluffy coconut rice, jasmine rice, and pan-toasted paratha flatbread. Both locations offer takeout and delivery.

A picture of tofu curry and coconut rice in takeout containers from Top Burmese
Tofu curry with coconut rice
Top Burmese / Official

Bhuna, the casual Kashmiri restaurant on NW 21st, serves a bold and hearty vegetable bowl with “meaty” eggplant stewed with tomatoes and accompanied by golden turmeric rice. Skip the yogurt for a fully vegan — but just as satisfying — bowl. To round out the meal, Deepak Kaul serves a number of tasty sides: kohlrabi and collards simmered with spices, vegetable pakoras with mint chutney, and fried potatoes with mango pickle ketchup. Takeout and delivery are available.

A picture of kashmiri tomato and eggplant takeout from Bhuna
Bhuna kashmiri tomato and eggplant
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Desi PDX

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At this Mississippi food cart, Deepak Saxena blends Indian flair with local produce to create a lively gluten-free menu of small bites, salads, and curries. The vegetables change, depending on what’s in season, but vegans can always count on the stunning vegan thali, which includes a tandoori chickpea tempeh curry, cabbage slaw with turmeric-mustard vinaigrette, and a green chutney with a kick. Desi PDX is open for pickup and delivery.

A picture of the vegan thali plate takeout at DesiPDX
DesiPDX vegan thali plate
Waz Wu/EPDX

Although Eem is known for Thai barbecue, stellar vegan dishes — think: smoky soy curls with mushrooms, green beans, and cashews — rotate through the menu too. One of the curry offerings is always vegan: currently, a mild red curry with winter vegetables, like smoked cabbage and roasted cauliflower, finished with a sprinkle of crispy fried shallots and sesame seeds. Customers may order takeout or dine outdoors on Williams at tables equipped with mini fire pits.

MLK restaurant Zaap specializes in Issan cuisine — which has Laotian and Cambodian influences — from the northeastern region of Thailand. Among the meatless dishes, vegans will find a number of aromatic, coconut-rich curries, like the sweet mango yellow curry and fiery avocado green curry. Available for takeout and delivery, the curries arrive filled with fried tofu, kabocha squash, bell peppers, carrots, and sweet basil.

Obon Shokudo

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Many flock to Morrison Market’s all-vegan Japanese eatery for its impressive selection of miso onigiri, but the velvety curry is a wintertime go-to. Obon Shokudo offers a rich gravy-like Japanese curry simmered with 17 herbs and spices and packed with potatoes, shiitakes, carrots, and celery. Served with three-day sprouted brown rice, the curry can be ordered as a full meal with tofu katsu, house-made pickles, and sesame salad. The restaurant is open for takeout and delivery and at farmers markets.

Bake on the Run

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This family-run Guyanese food cart at Hawthorne Asylum offers several vegan options, including Guyanese-style chow mein, yellow split pea dahl, and chana aloo curry. The vegetable-packed curries are served over basmati rice or as the namesake “bake,” in a lightly sweet puff bread. Bake on the Run is open for takeout and delivery.

From mushroom biryani to creamy tikka masala, this vegetarian Indian restaurant on Hawthorne offers plenty for vegans to choose from. The curries include classics like chana masala and aloo bell pepper, but the standout is the baingan bharta, where smoky grilled eggplant offers intense depth of flavor. The curries come with basmati rice, but the move here is to order a side of buttery vegan naan. Maruti is open for takeout and delivery.

Mirisata

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The speciality at this worker-owned pop-up turned restaurant on Belmont is the curry plate, which arrives on a banana leaf. Aromatic Sri Lankan curries couple with accompaniments — like napa cabbage mallum, coconut samobol, and papadams — to create a lively assortment of flavors and textures. While one can’t go wrong with Mirisata’s spicy “chicken” and jackfruit curries, customers should lookout for seasonal specials, like roasted coconut pumpkin curry. The restaurant is open for takeout and delivery.

A photo of Mirisata Sri Lankan rice and curry plate, with green beans, rice, potatoes, coconut, and more.
Mirisata rice and curry plate
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The Sudra

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From street foods to kofta plates, The Sudra reinvents Indian dishes with vegan flair and New Mexican influences, like green chiles. Each curry is distinctive — such as soy curl tikka masala, kale saag tofu paneer, and jackfruit vindaloo — and comes with brown rice. However, they’re even better paired with sides, like kale-infused dosa, tomato chutney, and coconut yogurt, to fully explore Sanjay Chandrasekaran’s creative menu. Both locations offer takeout, delivery, and outdoor seating.

Although this vegetarian Thai restaurant on Division boasts a pad thai marquee, the curries draw plenty of vegans as well. Even without fish sauce and shrimp paste, the coconut curries are just as umami-rich as their non-vegan counterparts, thanks to soy sauce and various salts. Diners can choose between panang, red, green, and massaman curries, packed to the brim with vegetables, fried tofu, and tempeh. Kati is open for pickup and delivery.

Located on Burnside, Wajan offers a glimpse into Indonesia through its batik patterns and murals depicting scenes from Jakarta. From gado gado to bubur ayam porridge, many dishes can be made vegan, including the soup-like yellow curry with potatoes, green onions, emping crackers, with the option to add on “meaty” chunks of jackfruit. The restaurant is open for patio dining, takeout, and delivery.

A picture of the vegan yellow curry with jackfruit at Wajan.
Wajan yellow curry with jackfruit
Wajan / Official

Little Ethiopia Eatery

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This Ethiopian vegetarian food cart on Glisan recently garnered attention among the vegan community when it went fully vegan. Available for takeout and delivery, the combo plates offer the best way to explore Little Ethiopia Eatery’s curries — like the hearty misir wot lentil curry with tomatoes, onions, and cardamom — coupled with injera flatbread and vegetable sides, like collard greens and beets.

Top Burmese

A picture of tofu curry and coconut rice in takeout containers from Top Burmese
Tofu curry with coconut rice
Top Burmese / Official

Top Burmese and Beaverton sister restaurant Bistro Royale are known for their extensive and memorable vegan selection, from samosas to fermented tea leaf salad. Heavy on turmeric and paprika, the vegan curries include hefty cubes of tofu, garlicky eggplant, okra, and kabocha squash. To accompany the curries, the restaurants serve fluffy coconut rice, jasmine rice, and pan-toasted paratha flatbread. Both locations offer takeout and delivery.

A picture of tofu curry and coconut rice in takeout containers from Top Burmese
Tofu curry with coconut rice
Top Burmese / Official

Bhuna

A picture of kashmiri tomato and eggplant takeout from Bhuna
Bhuna kashmiri tomato and eggplant
Waz Wu/EPDX

Bhuna, the casual Kashmiri restaurant on NW 21st, serves a bold and hearty vegetable bowl with “meaty” eggplant stewed with tomatoes and accompanied by golden turmeric rice. Skip the yogurt for a fully vegan — but just as satisfying — bowl. To round out the meal, Deepak Kaul serves a number of tasty sides: kohlrabi and collards simmered with spices, vegetable pakoras with mint chutney, and fried potatoes with mango pickle ketchup. Takeout and delivery are available.

A picture of kashmiri tomato and eggplant takeout from Bhuna
Bhuna kashmiri tomato and eggplant
Waz Wu/EPDX

Desi PDX

A picture of the vegan thali plate takeout at DesiPDX
DesiPDX vegan thali plate
Waz Wu/EPDX

At this Mississippi food cart, Deepak Saxena blends Indian flair with local produce to create a lively gluten-free menu of small bites, salads, and curries. The vegetables change, depending on what’s in season, but vegans can always count on the stunning vegan thali, which includes a tandoori chickpea tempeh curry, cabbage slaw with turmeric-mustard vinaigrette, and a green chutney with a kick. Desi PDX is open for pickup and delivery.

A picture of the vegan thali plate takeout at DesiPDX
DesiPDX vegan thali plate
Waz Wu/EPDX

Eem

Although Eem is known for Thai barbecue, stellar vegan dishes — think: smoky soy curls with mushrooms, green beans, and cashews — rotate through the menu too. One of the curry offerings is always vegan: currently, a mild red curry with winter vegetables, like smoked cabbage and roasted cauliflower, finished with a sprinkle of crispy fried shallots and sesame seeds. Customers may order takeout or dine outdoors on Williams at tables equipped with mini fire pits.

Zaap

MLK restaurant Zaap specializes in Issan cuisine — which has Laotian and Cambodian influences — from the northeastern region of Thailand. Among the meatless dishes, vegans will find a number of aromatic, coconut-rich curries, like the sweet mango yellow curry and fiery avocado green curry. Available for takeout and delivery, the curries arrive filled with fried tofu, kabocha squash, bell peppers, carrots, and sweet basil.

Obon Shokudo

Many flock to Morrison Market’s all-vegan Japanese eatery for its impressive selection of miso onigiri, but the velvety curry is a wintertime go-to. Obon Shokudo offers a rich gravy-like Japanese curry simmered with 17 herbs and spices and packed with potatoes, shiitakes, carrots, and celery. Served with three-day sprouted brown rice, the curry can be ordered as a full meal with tofu katsu, house-made pickles, and sesame salad. The restaurant is open for takeout and delivery and at farmers markets.

Bake on the Run

This family-run Guyanese food cart at Hawthorne Asylum offers several vegan options, including Guyanese-style chow mein, yellow split pea dahl, and chana aloo curry. The vegetable-packed curries are served over basmati rice or as the namesake “bake,” in a lightly sweet puff bread. Bake on the Run is open for takeout and delivery.

Maruti

From mushroom biryani to creamy tikka masala, this vegetarian Indian restaurant on Hawthorne offers plenty for vegans to choose from. The curries include classics like chana masala and aloo bell pepper, but the standout is the baingan bharta, where smoky grilled eggplant offers intense depth of flavor. The curries come with basmati rice, but the move here is to order a side of buttery vegan naan. Maruti is open for takeout and delivery.

Mirisata

A photo of Mirisata Sri Lankan rice and curry plate, with green beans, rice, potatoes, coconut, and more.
Mirisata rice and curry plate
Waz Wu/EPDX

The speciality at this worker-owned pop-up turned restaurant on Belmont is the curry plate, which arrives on a banana leaf. Aromatic Sri Lankan curries couple with accompaniments — like napa cabbage mallum, coconut samobol, and papadams — to create a lively assortment of flavors and textures. While one can’t go wrong with Mirisata’s spicy “chicken” and jackfruit curries, customers should lookout for seasonal specials, like roasted coconut pumpkin curry. The restaurant is open for takeout and delivery.

A photo of Mirisata Sri Lankan rice and curry plate, with green beans, rice, potatoes, coconut, and more.
Mirisata rice and curry plate
Waz Wu/EPDX

The Sudra

From street foods to kofta plates, The Sudra reinvents Indian dishes with vegan flair and New Mexican influences, like green chiles. Each curry is distinctive — such as soy curl tikka masala, kale saag tofu paneer, and jackfruit vindaloo — and comes with brown rice. However, they’re even better paired with sides, like kale-infused dosa, tomato chutney, and coconut yogurt, to fully explore Sanjay Chandrasekaran’s creative menu. Both locations offer takeout, delivery, and outdoor seating.

Kati

Although this vegetarian Thai restaurant on Division boasts a pad thai marquee, the curries draw plenty of vegans as well. Even without fish sauce and shrimp paste, the coconut curries are just as umami-rich as their non-vegan counterparts, thanks to soy sauce and various salts. Diners can choose between panang, red, green, and massaman curries, packed to the brim with vegetables, fried tofu, and tempeh. Kati is open for pickup and delivery.

Wajan

A picture of the vegan yellow curry with jackfruit at Wajan.
Wajan yellow curry with jackfruit
Wajan / Official

Located on Burnside, Wajan offers a glimpse into Indonesia through its batik patterns and murals depicting scenes from Jakarta. From gado gado to bubur ayam porridge, many dishes can be made vegan, including the soup-like yellow curry with potatoes, green onions, emping crackers, with the option to add on “meaty” chunks of jackfruit. The restaurant is open for patio dining, takeout, and delivery.

A picture of the vegan yellow curry with jackfruit at Wajan.
Wajan yellow curry with jackfruit
Wajan / Official

Little Ethiopia Eatery

This Ethiopian vegetarian food cart on Glisan recently garnered attention among the vegan community when it went fully vegan. Available for takeout and delivery, the combo plates offer the best way to explore Little Ethiopia Eatery’s curries — like the hearty misir wot lentil curry with tomatoes, onions, and cardamom — coupled with injera flatbread and vegetable sides, like collard greens and beets.

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