Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Good Eats: Bollywood Theater + Salt & Straw, Portland, Oregon

Bollywood Theater  2039 NE Alberta, (971) 200-4711.  Daily 11-10; $.  An homage to Indian street food, this rustically decorated little gem looks like it was slapped together from junkyard finds—rough-hewn woods, multi-colored collection of bottles catching the light through the large windows.  Customers wait at a counter to place their order from the killer menu.  My favorites include crispy julienned okra with raita dipping sauce, aloo tikki (a potato patty served with chickpea cholle and a tasty green chutney), vada pav (a spicy fried potato dumpling served on a roll with chutneys and known as “the poor man’s burger of Mumbai”), and kati roll (paratha flatbread stuffed with meat, pickled onion, and more of that tasty green chutney).  Small curry plates and expansive thali meals are also available.  All this, and cold beer, fussy cocktails, and great rock music, too!

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For dessert, we joined another line next door at Salt & Straw (2035 NE Alberta St., (503) 208-3867.) for handmade ice cream.  Quality is high, sugar is low, and butterfat is 17%, but flavors are not the usual—think strawberry-honey-balsamic with black pepper or pear with blue cheese, but also almond brittle with chocolate ganache (my delicious choice).  Only all-natural dairy and the best local, sustainable, and organic ingredients are used.

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images c2012 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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