Survey 2011: Best Indian Food in Portland

 

East India Co. Samosa Chaat

I will get right to the results, and then a bit of discussion.

 

Out of 548 votes cast:

  1. East India Company -17% of total votes. 821 SW 11th Ave Portland, OR 97205 (503) 227-8815. Map. My review.
  2. Vindalho -16%. 2038 Clinton St. Portland, OR 97202 (503) 467-4550 Map My review
  3. Channai Masala – 11%. 2088 NW Stucki Ave, Hillsboro, OR (503) 531-9500 ‎Map

Honorable mention: Swagat – 2% behind #3.

East India Company is my first choice too. If you haven’t heard of it, check out my review. I used to live nearby, and went frequently, but the prices increased and I quit going Just now I went to update the prices in my review, and found they haven’t changed since 2008, which makes it considerably more affordable these days. I haven’t been to Vindalho since chef David Anderson left for Genoa, but I have enjoyed my meals there in the past. However, the two are different. From my EAC review “Though many people compare it to Vindalho the two restaurants have quite different goals, with the latter’s cuisine ranging wider and being more fusion. For straight Indian food, I think East India Company is the best in Portland, and it has steadily improved since they first opened”

Chennai Masala opened to rave reviews 3-4 years ago. Since then the owners have split, and the result has been food that is just ok. I used to drop in if I was in the area, but I had two really bad service experiences there, and won’t be going back.

You can see all of the “Best of Portland” results here.

Your thoughts are welcome

  1. JandJ says

    Just went to Vindahlo a few days ago. I hate to say it, but they’ve definitely lost a lot of their mojo since David A. left. It wasn’t a bad meal, but the attention to detail, the fresh, distinct flavors just weren’t there, or at least what they used to be. Having recently been to Chennai Masala… there is just no comparison. The latter knocks it out of the park on every count, food-wise anyway. The ambience perhaps leaves a bit to be desired, but I can live with that.

  2. eatingfortwo says

    I would rank Plainfield’s above Swagat and Chennai Masala (having had a horrible experience at the latter). Unfortunately I completely forgot about them when I filled out the survey.

  3. midorimonsta says

    I’ve been to Chennai Masala many times and have never received bad service or bad food. It’s always been proficient, although you’re not always greeted with a smile, but they’ve never been rude or anything.

  4. Prashant Gupta says

    I have been into many Indian restaurants both in the U.S. & Canada. Have been to all Indian restaurants in Washington DC, major metropolitans; East India Company led by it’s Culinary Director Pradeep Chandrana is one of the best. The presentation & creativity is class in itself.

  5. Sajit says

    During my visit to Portland we visited lot of different restaurant, but no one can come close to East India Co. Food & service was world class. We give 4 star to this place. We are from NewYork & have visited lots of Indian Restaurant. We were feeling bad that we don’t have restaurant of this calibre. Presentation & quality of food was just to prasie & praise.

  6. Dr.Kanak Raval says

    East India Company is in a class by itself that is De Luxe.
    It offers the best in Indian Cuisine- variety, quality and presentation.
    High tastes of the owner and the on site Manager Pradeep Chandarana
    reflects in the behavior and the service by the dining room attendants.
    Interior decor carries through the theme of the name East India Company.
    I wish this fine restaurant great success and to be a landmark of Portland city

  7. J-CHING says

    yo channai masala has the best spicy food and dolsas

    east india company has some alright food

    vindalho i have not tried

    bombay cricket club did not make the list? surprised

  8. Murali says

    I am surprised some people are recommending the East India. when we were there i was expecting Indian food not in the label. They receive very nicely but i want real Indian food because i know how to cook the food and i know the real taste. I feel Chennai Masala is maintaining their standard still.

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