Friday, March 7, 2014
At its meeting tonight, the Portland City Council is expected to approve the liquor licenses for an African restaurant, a juice bar cafe also serving cocktails and what will be the city's 12th or 13th Thai restaurant.
Thai 9 is looking to open at 90 Exchange St., the current home of Little Seoul (and before that, Bandol). The owner is Khone Sanasy, who also owns the Thai 9 in Scarborough. The large menu looks like standard Thai fare, with soups, curries and noodle dishes.
Chez Nous is the name of the African restaurant Portland resident Colombe Kahindo, a native of Congo, plans to open at 52 Washington Ave., the former location of Chaing Mai. The sample menu included with Kahindo's application lists fried tilapia with plantain and spinach, pork legs cooked with hot pepper and spicy steak fried with onion and pepper among the entrees. The latter two dishes are served with fufu, which is to African cooking what mashed potatoes is to American cuisine. At Chez Nous, the fufu will be made with cassava.
Liquid M2 will occupy one of the spaces in the 2 Portland Square building, across the street from Miyake at 465 Fore St. Owner Jacqueline McClure of Cape Elizabeth closed her three-year-old Cape business, MOJO Health Bar, in August, promising to reopen in Portland, according to Facebook. She describes Liquid M2 as a "liquid juice cafe and cocktail bar," with cold-pressed juices, and "organic, primarily vegetarian/vegan food."
The sample menu includes appetizers, soups, salads, wraps and grain bowls, a large variety of "liquid lunch" smoothies and juices, plus cocktails that trend Asian and seem targeted to female customers — Mai Tai, Singapore Sling and the Orchid ("Chopin vodka, Bacardi rum, peach schnapps, fresh squeezed orange juice, soda water, splash cream, orange garnish").
Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.