My boyfriend took me out to Pambiche the first weekend I moved to Portland. I remember the night perfectly. He looked so handsome. He was wearing a sexy shirt I had bought him for his birthday that year. The night was cool but Pambiche has heated outdoor seating so we took a table outside.
We couldn't keep our hands off eachother. The table we sat at was tiny so we could hold hands sitting across from each other and kiss over our drinks of beer and Limonada de Cuarapo (Cuban ‘sugar cane lemonade’).
The server was helpful and polite. He guided us through the menu of authentic Cuban food based on traditional family recipes. We ordered Espinaca con Queso Empanadas to share as an appetizer. But when we received our meals we realized that no appetizer was necessary.
Our meals were gigantic and incredible. We both liked his meal the best: Plato Cubano—tender slices of pork simmered in a rich creole red sauce, built with bacon sofrito and scented with plump raisins and toasted almonds. I ordered the Pollo Criollo which was also fabulous, but the pork my boyfriend ordered was just so tender I couldn’t resist. And both our meals came with banana chips… a Cuban treat.
2811 Northeast Glisan Street
Portland, OR 97232