Restaurant Review: Prasad in Portland, Oregon
Prasad: (in Hinduism) A devotional offering made to a god, typically consisting of food that is later shared among devotees.
The businesses that shine in their communities are the ones that pay it forward. They work together with local businesses, they respect their craft, and they listen to what their community wants. At Prasad, everything is sourced locally — from their coffee, to their vegetables, to their pre-packaged desserts. They share a space with a like-minded business, Yoga Pearl, in the Pearl District of Portland. And they must listen to their customers as there are always lines at both Prasad and their sister restaurant, Harlow, on SE Hawthorne.
Start off your visit by savoring their Super Greens Lemonade — a lemonade with cucumber, spinach, kale, and chlorophyll. It’s refreshing, flavorful, and a beautiful savory take on a traditional tart drink.
Pasta lovers won’t have to deny their cravings with the guilt-free Utopian Dream Pasta. This raw “pasta” dish consists of shredded green papaya, carrots, kale, scallions, and broccoli, tossed in an almond butter pad thai sauce. Its range of textures is immediately appealing, from the softer green onions and cilantro to the crisp papaya and carrots. The almond butter sauce is also a wonderful allergy-friendly version to a traditional peanut sauce and light enough to not overpower the delicate flavors of the raw vegetables.
The Tabor Bowl, an option on the WARMTH section of the menu, is one menu item that might look simple, but true foodies know that simplicity can be extraordinary. Enjoy a bed of brown rice (or quinoa) topped with a creamy avocado, slow roasted tomatoes, and massaged kale. We loved dressing it with the jalapeno cashew and avocado ranch sauce. It’s heaven in a bowl.
Whether you’re refueling after a yoga session or looking to find a healthier lunch option while sightseeing, Prasad is a wonderful destination for mindful eaters who want to make healthy, conscious choices. If you want to feel good, look great, and be inspired by what you eat, eat at Prasad.
Brianne Nemiroff-Hagerty is a freelance writer and editor originally from Los Angeles, California. She has had her work published in multiple magazines including VIVA GLAM Magazine, One Green Planet, and CraftBeer.com. She is currently traveling around the U.S. and Canada discovering the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants, products, and festivals that each city has to offer!
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