|E-San Brief Review|
|Overall||Service||Food Quality||Atmosphere||Vegan Options|
|Location: 133 Southwest 2nd Ave.
8233 North Denver Ave.
|Hours: 11:00am-11:00pm||Times Visited: 5|
E-San has been inconsistent in the information they provide about dish ingredients and we are about ready to cross off them off our vegan-friendly list, expect one dish stands tried and true.
The staff at the downtown location have reassured many vegans that the entree, the Swimming Angel, is suitable for their diet. We’re told the peanut sauce is made from coconut milk, peanut butter, vegetable oil, and chili paste. The Swimming Angel is a great pile of vegetables including broccoli, carrots, cabbage, and spinach, all smothered in a sweet, and mildly spicy, thick, peanut sauce. This is a great dish to order when you feel like being healthy and eating your veggies, just ask for the peanut sauce on the side if you’re counting your fat grams because this sauce is full of fat.
Upon visiting the much slower, similarly decorated, with its dark woods and typical Thai decor, at the North Portland E-San location I had a chance to really dig into some of the dish ingredients and explain what vegetarian means – no shrimp paste, no fish paste, no fish sauce, no chicken broth…and I was told everything on the stir-fry menu contains fish sauce. Boo! YET The downtown location has had no problem serving this reviewer, without adaptation, items from the stir-fry menu after explaining I had a fish allergy.
When ordering from the North Portland location I was told only their curries can be made vegan. I was very skeptical because my Thai friends have always informed me that most all pre-made curry sauces contain bits of sea-life. I ordered the Gang Dang and was very disappointed to have a fishy taste in my mouth after the first bite. I can’t review the dish much further than that because that one bite wasn’t enough to expand on besides saying it sure didn’t taste vegan.
The Stumptown Vegans are very annoyed that yet another restaurant in Portland feels it’s fine to mark items on their menu “vegetarian,” when they contain dead sea-life.
We understand that this restaurant has different owners, though all within the family, at different locations and some restaurants may be willing to leave out ingredients, but our interactions at the different locations have been so varied we don’t know who to trust.
As far as this reviewer is concerned, E-San can only be trusted for their Swimming Angel dish, Salad Rolls, and salad with peanut sauce (which is very similar to the Swimming Angel). Vege Thai – please open up your downtown cart again!