Tapalaya Hosts Portland’s First Ever Phorrito Pop-Up on Two Nights Only
The Mexicasian Mash-Up Will be Served in Lieu of the Restaurant’s Traditional Dinner Menu
PORTLAND, Ore. (January 30, 2017) – Known for its New Orleans cuisine served on small plates, tapas-style, and its Asian/Cajun menu created by the restaurant’s New Orleans-born, Vietnamese Executive Chef Anh Luu, Tapalaya will host its first ever Phorrito Pop-Up on two nights only on Wednesday, February 8th and on Monday, February 13th from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the restaurant. Following up on Tapalaya’s Pho Pop-Up held in the fall of 2016 in which Luu highlighted the popular street food of Vietnam and served traditional pho dishes, Luu is combining everything found in a bowl of pho into a tortilla, thereby offering a phorrito. The phorritos will be served in lieu of the restaurant’s dinner menu both nights. For those interested in some of Tapalaya’s regular dishes during the Phorrito Pop-Ups, the Happy Hour menu will still be available from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Located on Portland’s NE 28th restaurant row, Tapalaya is the city’s first-and-only restaurant to serve New Orleans cuisine as small plates. Tapalaya, which is a combination of the words tapas and Jambalaya, offers its contemporary Cajun/Creole tapas and its Vietnamese-inspired special menu and/or dishes at dinner and Brunch. For the Phorrito Pop-Up, the restaurant will offer two phorrito entrées and four side dishes for order.
“After we hosted our Pho Pop-Up in October last year, we had some leftover pho so the next morning for breakfast, Anh put it into a house-made tortilla for a pho burrito. She loved the combination, so our Phorrito Pop-Up was born,” said Tapalaya Owner Chantal Angot.
The Phorrito menu for both nights includes the following:
- Phorrito – Well-done Beef Brisket, Rice Noodles, Jalapeños, Bean Sprouts, Thai Basil, Cilantro, Green Onions, and Pho Sauce on a House-made, Thai Basil-Jalapeño Flour Tortilla. Tendon can be added.
- Veggie Phorrito – Grilled Portobello Mushrooms, Grilled Onions, Rice Noodles, Jalapeños, Bean Sprouts, Thai Basil, Cilantro, Green Onions, and Veggie Pho Sauce on a House-made, Thai Basil-Jalapeño Flour Tortilla.
The Sides menu includes the following:
- Mexican Rice with Vietnamese Herb Chimichurri;
- Chargrilled Pork Sausage Skewers with Tamarind Gastrique;
- Crawfish Étouffée Nachos served with Sharp Cheddar, Cotija Cheese, Green Onions, Cilantro, and Anh Luu’s 5-Spiced Wanton Chips;
- Vietnamese Slaw – Nappa Cabbage, Bean Sprouts, Carrots, Cilantro and Mint in a Spicy Fish Sauce Vinaigrette. Beef Jerky can be added.
- Deep Fried Banana Fritters served with Horchata Rice Pudding and Bananas Foster Sauce
The events are first come, first served. Reservations for parties of five or more can only be made by calling the restaurant at (503) 232-NOLA (6652).
Born to Vietnam War refugees in New Orleans, Luu and her family evacuated from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. With their home under 15 feet of water, Luu’s family moved to Portland, Oregon but Luu remained in Louisiana to attend school and work in several top New Orleans restaurants. She later moved to Portland to join her family and attend the Western Culinary Institute. Subsequently, Luu was hired as Second in Charge at Tanuki, Chef/Owner Janis Martin’s izakaya. Following Tanuki, Luu was hired as Executive Chef at Tapalaya in May 2013.
Located at 28 NE 28th Avenue in Northeast Portland and serving dinner and Happy Hour daily with live New Orleans music on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, Tapalaya serves contemporary Cajun/Creole cuisine sourcing many fruits, vegetables, meats, and seafood from local farms and farmer’s markets in Portland, the Willamette Valley and Vancouver, Washington. Gluten-friendly, vegetarian and vegan options are offered and classic menu items include Red Beans & Rice, Jambalaya, Po’ Boy Sandwiches, Crawfish Étouffée, Barbeque Jumbo Gulf Prawns, Blackened Catfish and Beignets. Tapalaya offers a full bar, wine and beer. Signature cocktails include the Hurricane, Uptown NOLA and Sazerac.
Tapalaya is a contemporary New Orleans tapas restaurant located in Portland, Oregon’s NE 28th Restaurant Row. Inventive Cajun/Creole tapas prepared with locally-sourced ingredients from the Pacific Northwest are made from scratch with love. Born in New Orleans, and raised by her Vietnamese parents, Chef Anh Luu has introduced new menu items that are infused with the Southeast Asian flavors and ingredients from her culture, heritage and childhood. Portland’s first-and-only restaurant to serve New Orleans cuisine as small plates, Tapalaya offers contemporary Cajun/Creole tapas along with a Vietnamese-inspired special menu. Small plates are perfect for sharing and pairing in a fun and relaxed atmosphere with cheery, New Orleans décor, set to a funky beat. The restaurant offers live music every Tuesday and Thursday and Happy Hour every day. Owner Chantal Angot has been proprietor of Tapalaya since its opening in November 2008. A combination of the words tapas and Jambalaya, Tapalaya is located at 28 NE 28th Avenue in Portland. Dinner and Happy Hour are offered daily and Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays. For reservations or for more information, please call (503) 232-NOLA (6652) or visit www.tapalaya.com or www.opentable.com. Find Tapalaya on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Tapalaya and follow Tapalaya on Twitter @tapalaya and on Instagram @tapalayapdx.