Chinese Village

520 SE 82nd (at Stark)
(503) 253-7545
get there via trimet

Chinese Village Restaurant sign
Sometimes, you see the over-the-top neon, and you just gotta go there. That's me, at least. Latest in my tour of Chinese-American dives is Chinese Village. From the outside, other than the neon, it doesn't look all that interesting. Walk into the dining room and try to get used to the odd blueish light from the translucent koi and dragon ceiling tiles. While this place is a little down about the heels, it's nowhere as bad (or as baroque) as the Pagoda. And while I wasn't expecting a lot, we were pleasantly surprised by the food. Mar far chicken wings had great presentation (and were tasty), and the shrimp we had in several dishes was fresh. Crispy chicken was just that, with delightful skin and tender meat. And the Singapore Fried Rice Noodles were stocked with good mushrooms. The menu features something for everyone: combo plates, chow mein, foo yung, even American food. Go next door to the lounge if you can't take the blue ambiance—it's loud and smokey, but they have booths under little fake rooves that are too goofy. Would I go out of my way for this? No.

filled under Eat Food in Beautiful SE Portland
December 7, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (2)


JC said:

That sign is amazing. Thanks for the review. I always wondered what it was like inside.

J said:

I used to work across the street from the Chinese Village. Their "American" menu is pretty ok as well as their chinese food. Their French Dip with Krinkle Fries was my guilty lunch pleasure.
Avoid the happy hour buffet in the lounge. I know, how can you say "no" to free fried things with dipping sauce, but its in your best interest to just walk on by.

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