The full Kachka dinner experience returns nightly for the first time in over a year, and brings with it a fresh new happy hour concept and cocktail menu
Portland, Oregon (April 30, 2021) — For a restaurant that was created to offer an immersive food, drink and cultural experience, the staff at Kachka could not be more excited to reopen for on-site dining, and serve Kachka’s dinner menu for the first time since March, 2020. Nightly reservations are now open at Kachkapdx.com for dinner and happy hour service beginning on May 1st. Kachka has been known for its fun and affordable happy hour since opening, and will be introducing a new happy hour menu that celebrates the sunny season ahead. Per current state regulations, all dining will take place outside in the coming weeks, with plans to reopen indoor dining as soon as it is allowed in Multnomah County.
Kachka’s spring 2021 zakuski spread, photographed by Carly Diaz
The Dinner Menu
Kachka’s dinner menu will be a return to the full Kachka experience: hot and cold zakuski (including a selection of cured fish and charcuterie), the “Ruskie Zakuski Experience,” dumplings, larger shareable dishes grilled on the mangal, desserts, vodka flights, house spirit infusions, classic and seasonal cocktails, and Eastern European wines and beer. New dishes on the menu include zakuski such as mushroom tartare, spiced Armenian lamb tartare, Green Borscht, flatbread stuffed with greens, and more. New additions to the dumpling selections include potato vareniki with caviar beurre blanc (previously only served on holidays like New Year’s Eve), and “Lazy Vareniki,” gnocchi-like hand formed dumplings made with goat cheese, and served with fava beans and tips, roasted sunchokes, celery and green garlic emulsion.
Kachka Tekc Mekc Happy Hour
Over the past couple of years, when Kachka’s kitchen team kitchen gets experimental, it’s often with Mexican-influenced ingredients and creations. This direction stems from the Mexican heritage of Kachka’ Chef de Cuisine, Francisco Leyva, General Manager Anna-Lisa Chacon, and Co-Owner Israel Morales. Kachka’s kitchen has simultaneously explored Georgian cuisine following a trip Bonnie and Israel took to the region, and chefs Francisco and Bonnie have identified many similarities in the ingredients used in both Georgian and Mexican cuisine: beans, cheese, cilantro, and similar spice profiles, among other things. The new happy hour concept is a mashup of these elements. Kachka’s “Tekc Mekc” (using Cyrillic characters to pronounce “Tex Mex”) happy hour menu is playful and lively, with dishes like queso fundido khachapuri, lavash nachos, and mchadi gorditas (Georgian corn bread stuffed with braised beef shank and pan-fried) and a khe tostada (khe is a Soviet-Korean squid and carrot salad). The menu will also contain the classics: dumplings and Moscow Mules at happy hour prices.
The Cocktails & Infusions
Corresponding with the Tekc Meck theme, Kachka’s bar team has created a new menu of 8 new colorful and refreshing cocktails (pictured below) and three slushy cocktails (Strawberry Margarita Slushies, Piña Colada Slushies and Miami Vice Slushies). Seasonal vodka infusions include Tamarind, Jamaica (Hibiscus), Guava, and Mexican Chocolate, and for the first time Kachka is serving shots of house-infused tequila, such as Watermelon tequila and Sea Buckthorn Berry tequila.
Kachka’s new cocktails, photographed by Carly Diaz
Update on Kachka-to-Go
Kachka’s dinner and happy hour menus are also available to-go, along with beer, wine and infusions. To order, please view the menu at Kachkapdx.com, and call Kachka at 503.235.0059 to place your order. Takeout orders will be picked up at Kachka’s host at the restaurant entrance. Online ordering for Kachka to Go will return in the coming weeks.
Hours and Info
Location: 960 S.E. 11th Ave. in Portland, Ore.
Happy Hour: 4-6pm nightly
Dinner: 6-10pm nightly
Kachka Lavka (Kachka’s deli and grocery) is open for shopping and serving an all-day menu from 9am-4pm. Kachka Lavka is open for grocery and merch shopping (or to stop in for a bottle of wine to take home!) nightly from 4-10pm.
Kachka sparked a Russian food revolution when Bonnie and Israel Morales opened their Portland restaurant in 2014. James Beard Award nominated Chef/Co-Owner Bonnie Morales cooks the food of the diverse regions of the former Soviet Union, including many dishes inspired by those she grew up eating in her Belarusian family. Meals at Kachka begin with a table filled with zakuski, Russian drinking food paired with vodka. Each dinner at Kachka feels like an event, fueled by a parade of dishes marked by deep and vibrant flavors such as dumplings, cured fish and pickled vegetables. Kachka serves a curated vodka selection as well a list of house made spirit infusions, craft cocktails, and a curated list of beer and wine with a focus on Eastern European producers. Kachka is considered by many to be the best Russian restaurant in the U.S. and has been praised by food writers around the world. Chef Bonnie Morales’ acclaimed cookbook Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking was the first Russian cookbook to be published in the U.S. in 30 years. Upstairs from Kachka, Kachka Lavka, a deli and grocery, is a showcase for housemade charcuterie, cured fish, and Russian baking program, as well as an outlet for their frozen dumplings and myriad Eastern European grocery items. View menus and learn more at kachkapdx.com. Kachka is on Instagram @kachkapdx and @kachka_lavka