Aji Tram and Sabrozon serving up specialty cuisines

Eric Mann has opened Aji Tram, which offers Asian fusion foods served in an American modernistic way.

Lake Oswego resident Eric Mann has opened Aji Tram, a restaurant serving Asian fusion foods served in an American modernistic manner.

“Aji means ‘flavor’ in Japanese,” Mann said. “And tram is Vietnamese for ‘station.’” Mann’s flavor station is picking up steam in the neighborhood.

Mann brings a lifelong passion for food to the business. Cooking — especially Asian foods — is a passion for the whole family. His first foray into the food industry was to manage Lucero, a retail store which sold olive oils and other products from his mother’s family’s California olive orchards. The experience was valuable but Mann was ready for a bigger challenge.

“I’ve known I wanted to have my own restaurant since I was 12,” he said. “We toured Vietnam and Thailand. When we traveled to Vietnam I took cooking classes and discovered that the foods of South and North Vietnam are different from each other.”

The menu Mann has created features a variety of small plates. Try bahn mi sliders, Korean street noodles, tempura popcorn shrimp, General Tso chicken wings and the weekly specials. It’s not food served in a hurry; “when it is ready it comes out,” Mann said.

“My vision is to make this an inviting vibrant place,” Mann said. “It’s a place where people can come and be themselves. It’s casual.”

You won’t see servers in uniforms or white tablecloths. You will see hip wood décor with red and black accents, designed by Todd Conger of Shelter NW, a former classmate of Mann’s.

Aji Tram is located at 4477 Lakeview Blvd.

The restaurant is closed Mondays and open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to midnight on Friday; 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Visit or the Aji Tram Facebook page for more information.

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Photo Credit: STAFF PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE - Sabrozon owners Maggie and Raul De La Torre and their daughter, Amber Rago, show off some of the items on their menu.

Just a few blocks away is Sabrozon Fresh Mexican Restaurant and Catering. According to owner Raul De La Torre sabrozon means “delicious.” He ought to have named the restaurant “Mucho Sabrozon” as delicious falls short of describing the food. Sabrozon serves authentic Mexican dishes using recipes developed by generations of the De La Torre family.

“Our recipes are family traditions for over 25 years,” De La Torre said. “This is a family restaurant. My daughters, my mother-in-law, my wife and I are working here.” Partner Luis Millan and his family also pitch in.

This is the first restaurant for Sabrozon, which began as a catering company two years ago.

“My wife and I have more than 20 years’ experience working in restaurants,” De La Torre said. “We aim to make different items, and the most authentic as possible. The food tastes different and people like it.”

De La Torre said they use traditional Mexican ingredients such as queso fresco cheese and nopales, the pads of the prickly pear cactus. They serve homemade corn tortillas and will soon be making flour tortillas daily. All food is prepared fresh daily.

Menu items of special note include the street tacos made of a variety of meats, the Baja taco plate, featuring lettuce wrapped fish tacos, chile relleno burrito, Sonora fresh wraps, tostada salad, queso fundido, an appetizer made of melted cheese with chorizo and strips of roasted green pepper served with homemade corn tortillas. And don’t forget the sweets; fried ice cream, grilled plantains, flan and sopapillas are at the top of the dessert menu.

De La Torre said catering continues to be a big part of their business and he offers delivery of lunches to area businesses. Soon the Sabrozon taco cart will be ready to book for parties at your home or business.

“The taco cart will be great fun,” De La Torre said. “You can have a fiesta party right in your own driveway.”

Sabrozon is located at 17770 SW Pilkington Road in Lake Oswego. It is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The phone number is 503-908-8488. Learn more and view the menu online at

Sabrozon owners are, from left, Luis and Patricia Millan, and Maggie and Paul De La Torre.

Contact Barb Randall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-636-1281 ext. 100. Follow her on Twitter @barbrandallfood.

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