Sunday, April 7, 2019


Tapalaya is located near the corner of NE 28th Ave and NE Couch in Portland, Oregon.

Chef Anh Luu brings a unique Asian fusion twist on Cajun-Creole cuisine. She was born in New Orleans and experienced an array of culinary cultures growing up.

Full bar here, which is a big plus.

Tapalaya has their dinner menu every day, but features brunch on the weekends. I stopped by on a Saturday to check out the latter. And naturally, there are alcoholic options on the brunch menu.

Bottomless coffee here for $3. Excellent coffee, some of the best I've had at a non-coffee shop. Large mug, too.

The server sold me on the Blackened Catfish Benedict ($14). Slices of toasted Vietnamese baguettes with a generous portion of blackened catfish on top, then two poached eggs and covered with caper hollandaise.

I loved this dish. Crunchy (yet chewy) baguette went well with the moist, cajun-spiced fish. Brininess of the capers cut through the rich hollandaise. If anything, one of the poached eggs was slightly overcooked, but still delicious overall.

The better of the two poached eggs
(the other one was slightly overcooked)

At 10 AM on a Saturday, the place was surprisingly empty, but it's probably due to having several eateries in the area. I think Tapalaya is also known more for its dinner menu.

But still, the brunch menu here is fantastic. Other options include shrimp and grits, fried chicken and beignets, and hashes. Check this spot out, because it's a damn good one. 9/10

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