Diane Morgan, James Beard Award-winning cookbook author
The pop ups Doi Dua and Nodoguro and newbie restaurants Taylor Railworks and Coquine
Michael Zusman, cookbook author, restaurant critic (and judge)
It's been a good year for newbies. Doi Dua burned hot for me, but alas, it will soon depart for D.C.
Portland's Vietnamese pop-up Doi Dua is relocating to D.C.
Eater Portland brings the news that the dinners from Anna Vocaturo and Sarah Bui are coming to Washington — but not until next year.
The tasting menus have quite the following in Portland. Critic Michael C. Zuzman called them "the best new Vietnamese restaurant in Portland."
The multi-course menus have featured such dishes as crispy pork ear and pho-spiced oxtail.
Mondays only in the back room of PaaDee, Doi Dua is Portland's best and most ambitious Vietnamese restaurant ever, a prix fixe meal with an awe-inspiring diversity and balance of flavors, textures and colors. Chef Sarah Bui turns twists on her Southern Vietnamese heritage with a lotus salad that's a sensory starburst, salad rolls that feature baby anchovy, or a faux pho made with pearl onions, oxtail and nasturtium.
Well, Portland now has its best and most ambitious Vietnamese restaurant ever. Doi Dua, Vietnamese for “chopsticks,” is ready to break through thanks to chef Sarah Bui and partner-server Anna Vocaturo.
Chefs Sarah Bui and Anna Vocaturo, an alum of the white-hot Rose's Luxury restaurant in Washington, D.C., recently launched Doi Dua, their two-night-a-week Vietnamese pop-up, and two weeks in they're already expanding.
But Anna Vocaturo -- an alumna of the celebrated Rose's Luxury in Washington D.C. -- and partner Sarah Bui want to take mom and pop-style Vietnamese food to the next level and show that there's more to the cuisine than pho and banh mi.