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“Maduros (sauteed ripe plantains) are addictive!”
Review of Pambiche

Ranked #78 of 4,611 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$1 - US$20
Cuisines: Cuban
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Breakfast, Takeout
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Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Breakfast, Takeout
Reviewed 30 November 2015

Our friends had never tried Cuban food before and we decided to take them to Pambiche for the initiation! We waited to 25 minutes to get a table but the wait was worth it. Vegetarian or not - all the food we ordered was delicious! I tried the sugarcane-pineapple drink (guarapina) and it brought back childhood memories of chewing endlessly on sugarcane shafts - the pineapple juice was freshly squeezed & sugarcane was milled in-house! The veggie dinner plates were served with deep-fried yucca root (as the starch) , but was very oily & bland. Rice would've been a better side. The service and staff were courteous and attentive...the decor was colorful & tasteful. Got our friends hooked to cuban food.

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Reviewed 4 November 2015 via mobile

Came to order take away along the way to drop off a friend at the airport. Bring time, it took quite a while for the food to be ready.however, the taste was worth the wait. Service and place itself was nice and fun to hang out at.

Thank Betty V
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Reviewed 28 October 2015

Delicious food in a Caribbean setting. The main course choices are all tasty but don't miss out by skipping the various appetizers or small plates. They also have vegetarian and gluten-free options. Dessert is a must!

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Thank soooge
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Reviewed 26 October 2015

We visited Pambiche on a Friday night for an early dinner. The wait was minimal before 6 pm but the restaurant was already full. There is a choice of outdoor or indoor seating and they have outdoor heaters to take away the chill. We were seated indoors which is much smaller than expected. Tables are very close together and we had to either raise our voices or limit talking. Service was excellent for ordering and receiving our food. A second glass of wine, ordered mid way through my meal, arrived when I had finished eating (and I'm a slow eater). We both ordered the ropas viejas with different bean and rice choices. The food was excellent - meat very tender and accompaniments tasty. They provide two sauces which both compliment the meal, one sweet and tangy, the other a bit spicier. The house wine was very good and my companion enjoyed his Cuban cocktail. If you want a bit more intimate evening, sharing conversation over your meal, you might consider outdoor seating or perhaps a less busy night. Although we didn't order dessert, our server told us that we ought to come back another time and try desserts as "both owners are pastry chefs!" I will definitely return.

Thank Peeteega
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Reviewed 24 October 2015

We'd been to Pambiche several years ago for lunch and enjoyed ourselves at the time, so when we recently found ourselves back in the area and in desperate need of a good brunch, we thought it time to give the place another try and, man, are we glad we did! We started off with an appetizer of codfish croquettas (amazingly light and tasty fritters of salt cod) and followed those with two mains. I had the Tortilla ala Romana, which is a large omelette made with bacon, shrimp, yucca and avocado with a spicy red sauce (fantastic!), while she had the Cubano sandwich (meat, cheese & pickles on a great roll) - that was plenty! I tried a drink called a Red Bul that was made from a ginger and hibiscus mix and a Tecate beer - just perfect with the meal. When all was said and done, we'd spent only $30 and walked away filled and quite content. We'll be back again. You should go.

Thank MikeGPortland
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