Lots of flavorSmallswares' tag line is "inauthentic Asian food." So if you are expecting real Asian food, go elsewhere. But if you are looking dynamic, fresh combinations of flavor that include different pan-Asian ingredients, this is your spot. Being Asian myself, I can be a bit nitpicky about Asian fusion, but this cool spot impressed me with its creativity. I also expected with a name like smallwares and its menu for small plates, I would leave hungry. But their small plates are surprisingly sizable and I left very full.
Will be returning!6/4/2013 12:00:00 AMI loved the service and theI loved the service and the food. Our waitress was so helpful and patient.....great experience.
The salmon app. was a bit on the really tiny side for the price. The duck and hanger steak were melt in your mouth and if you try nothing else, order the chicken lollipops!6/2/2013 12:00:00 AMI love this restaurantThis was my 2nd time at Smallwares and I'm sure not close to my last. The food is FANTASTIC and utterly unique. I can't wait to go back and try some more.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat foodloved the creativity of the menu. not so fond of the black pepper in my cocktail though5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was amazing, butThe food was amazing, but portions are a bit small, especially if you share as they suggest. Overall, a great place I will go back to and refer friends to.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMMy friend and I came hereMy friend and I came here for a Friday night dinner. We really enjoyed the food--very creative and unexpected. It is no secret that the theme of the restaurant is "small plates"--but it's still a bit hard to stomach spending $13 for a small bowl of beans with bread crumbs on top. A delicious dish, but portion sizes could certainly stand to be increased. Overall, a fun experience, just not something I (and many other people) could afford to indulge in very often.
At any rate, we particularly enjoyed the spring greens with peanut sauce, and the scotch pudding was delicious.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMInteresting food experiments,Interesting food experiments, some of which really work, some of which miss the mark. But adventurous, with a cool environment and nicely organized cocktail program.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMCrazy good food but noisyAmazing food- the flavors are unexpected and tasty. The wine list is inscrutable, however, and very poorly arranged. Also- this place is LOUD, so don't go for romance or to have a conversation. Did I mention the food is amazing?!4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMThe dishes sizes are perfect.The dishes sizes are perfect. You can order many as you wish, and try some delicious stuff.4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMServing interesting AsianServing interesting Asian fusion. Wines and drinks pair well. Definitely up to and consistent with the Portland foody scene with some great twists that make what they are doing unique4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMThe tartare special was veryThe tartare special was very tasty...the octopus is a must have! Drinks are great...The Vodka is awesome as well as their sake flights. Pear kimchi is our favorite...we have started making it at home :)4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMIHad a great time! Was sat in Barwares when reserved for Smallwares- but I actually liked the barwares ambience. Service was friendly and quick. Wish we had more of a description when food came out. Everything was a tad bit salty but, I like salt! I will be back to try other small dishes.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMWOW!Wow! What a pleasant experience....from the fabulous food to the excellent service, we couldn't have been happier.
They do it right! The best meal that the four of us could recall enjoying, ever!
Well done and then some.....run, don't walk for a truly amazing meal.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent Asian-inspired smallExcellent Asian-inspired small plates. Every plate was a winner, and the service was superb. If I lived in Portland, Smallwares would be a regular dining experience for me.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMReally outstanding....so muchReally outstanding....so much going on with the plates3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMHad a wonderful time FridayHad a wonderful time Friday night at Smallwares. Food was exceptional, especially the octopus and the hangar steak. Great cocktails and do not miss the scotch pudding dessert (it was so good we ordered a second!) We'll be back!3/8/2013 12:00:00 AM