Dine on creative Asian fare at Smallwares. Its colorful setting features an open kitchen with counter seating for patrons to observe the chefs prepare their meals. Smallwares has an eclectic menu with an array of flavorful dishes. An appetizer of ceviche with green papaya, kimchi or fried kale with fish sauce and candied bacon will delight the taste buds. Patrons can feast on an entrée of oxtail curry, short ribs with a sweet chili sauce or sichuan-style pork with noodles. This restaurant also serves salad and sandwiches.
Smallwares has reviews in publications like Food & Wine, The New York Times and Portland Monthly Magazine. It hosts private events for parties and more. This eatery also features Barwares that's located right in the back and offers a variety of libations, including sake and cocktails.
Sadly, we discovered this place too late to make it a regular stop. It will be closing soon. Another unique Portland restaurant bites the dust. Their work with Asian fusion made it a must stop if you are feeling the need for hot, sour, salty, sweet and umami. Goodbye!
I'm so sad that Smallwares is closing. It was my favorite restaurant in Portland.
Unfortunately, smallwares is closing. It is a true gem in teh Beaumont neighborhood and I am sad to see it go.
We went because we heard they were closing in a few weeks. We'll miss their great food.
One last trip to smallwares before it closes. Much like the last time we went, the food was great, but the service was terrible.
This time, we arrived a bit before our reservation and were seated on time, but once we sat down, it took about 30 minutes to been seen by a waiter. After about 15 minutes of waiting, we told a host we were ready to order, and even though we saw the host immediately tell the server, it took about another 10 minutes for our server to even come over to the table. When she finally came over, she didn't even acknowledge that we'd been waiting for so long... Very odd.
The previous time we visited, the waiter mixed up our ticket with someone else's so that we got all of the wrong food. When we told the server that the food they brought wasn't what we ordered, the waiter came over an apologized, telling us that she mixed up our ticket with another table, and that our correct food was on the way. 45 minutes later, we flagged the waiter to let her know that we still hadn't gotten any food, and she acted like we were totally inconveniencing her. She was completely unapologetic, which again was very odd. When she went to the kitchen to check, she came back and said that she needed to take our order again. Again, the whole time, she acted like we had done something wrong. So, we finally got our food after another 30 minutes.
Both of these times, we weren't comped anything nor did we get an apology at the end. It was very bizarre. We're not complainers, and we've gotten desserts or appetizers comped for so much less. Even if it weren't closing, I'm not sure we'd go here again since the service is so bad.
The food was creative, tasty, fusion, and most plates was very good. One dish was not as balanced in flavor as I would have liked - one ingredient was too overkill. I note this because while I love intense flavors, including chile and spice, and am quite adventurous as a cook and as a patron, I also appreciate not being knocked over the head with a single ingredient.
We both thought the service was, overall, not very good - unclear why. Overall, we both recommend this restaurant.
Our visit to smallwares was pretty mixed. We made a reservation (which I can't recommend highly enough), and were able to jump ahead of a pretty long line of people waiting. Our server was friendly, but very busy and not terribly attentive as a result. She knew the menu well, and was able to recommend both drinks and plates, which was helpful.
Our drinks-- The Tequila and The Sake-- were excellent, with complex flavors. Our first four plates were also very good-- we had the oysters of the day, hamachi sashimi, tuna tartare, and the roasted cauliflower. All were mouth-wateringly excellent with complex flavors and unusual combinations. Unfortunately, our next three plates were disappointing-- the fried artichokes were difficult to eat and too oily, the chicken lollipops were ho-hum nothing special, and the fried kale was ok, but also too oily.
We left thinking that the first half of our meal was great-- good food, good drinks, good energy-- but that the second half could have been in an entirely different restaurant given the difference in success of the dishes.
Service was excellent. We were disappointed the fried kale was so overly salted we couldn't eat it. Everything else was good but still very salty.
Great eclectic meal - fun because it was so different and the taste was great, just a touch salty, but we all enjoyed the meal. Service was excellent!!
Great for medium sized groups. Food is delicious!