Opening their doors to a surprisingly large first night's crowd, Fish Sauce debuted their Vietnamese fare last night in the old Saint Cupcake location on NW 17th and Flanders. This new family joint is completely unrecognizable from the bakery that used to haunt its space, with a gorgeous bar, soft lighting, and recycled wood motif—now softly open, owner Ben Bui was understandably excited to welcome his first diners. A simple but balanced food menu boasts a handful of tasty starters, a few salads, and a selection of entrees ranging from your standard pho to a delightful curry with veggie options and less standard creations in between. I'm beyond thrilled to have them in the neighborhood with their incredibly reasonable prices, fresh flavors, and a cocktail program by Portland-proven Tommy Klus (of established downtown bar Kask). Their happy hour is awesome and daily, and late night dining sounds like it's in their near future. Welcome to town, Fish Sauce, I'll be seeing you regularly!
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