Trip from Dulwich Village to Multnomah Village ends at Journeys
Multnomah Village will be getting a taste of Indian food as it's served in the "curry houses" of London the next couple of weekends.
Yes Please, with booths at the Hillsdale, Hawthorne and Oregon City Farmers Markets, has developed a following for its "anglo Indian eats." Founder and head chef George Alexander will bring his menu to Journeys at 7771 SW Capitol Highway Thursday and Friday, Nov. 14 and 15 and again a week later on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 21 and 22 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
"It's a soft launch and we're thinking of having a grand opening some time in January. We've developed a loyal following at the farmers markets and are trying to get them out here," he said.
"I'd like to stay here for a while. Bob and Shannon (Journeys owners) will handle drinks and service and I'll be in the back of the house as chef. The sign out front will say Journeys and Yes Please," Alexander told the SW Connection hours before the debut.
He moved to Portland from South London in 2016, having come here to study at the Oregon Culinary Institute. Since graduating he's worked at Bollywood Theater on Northeast Alberta, Pok Pok on Southeast Division and Tasty and Alder downtown. All are very well-regarded restaurants.
"Every week you have Indian food in England. That's just what you do. I wanted to bring that context to the states. People here go out for Mexican food and Thai food. I want to make Indian food one of those regulars. It should be," he insisted.
Alexander says the Indian food at Yes Please is "more of what you would expect in a curry house in London" and that compared to Indian food in India, "it's a little more accessible because you can pick out all the flavors."
Why Multnomah Village?
"Every time I drive through I'm fascinated at how quaint it is. Really," he said. He grew up in Dulwich Village in South London where actor Tim Roth was born, AC/DC lead singer Bon Scott died after a night of heavy drinking and Margaret Thatcher retired after leaving Ten Downing Street.
Besides curries and rice and papadum (baked crackers for dipping) the menu will feature such British standards as beans on toast, cheese toasties and banger and mash with coconut curry gravy.
The dishes are served tapas style (small plates).
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