Chaos is an amazing cafe! Upon entering the artwork and clean space is what took our attention, as well as the friendly welcome we got from the server.
The four of us got a mix of lunch and breakfast, all vegan. The pancakes were amazing, chocolate hazelnut banana. My dad makes his own vegan pancakes and these impressed him, a difficult task indeed. It came w maple syrup of course, but also a marionberry jam! My tempeh sandwich read like an average run of the mill sandwich on the menu but I assure you it was anything but that. It may be the best sandwich I have ever ordered out (second only to my own sandwiches that are over the top). The tempeh was marinated perfectly, topped with fresh veggies that would stand up by themselves they were so fresh. My wife had a homemade veg burger, truly a treat when made so skillfully and w such great and powerful ingredients. My mom got the best reuben of her life! (I have to take her word for it though, I don't eat sauerkraut...) The choc cake w raspberry-ginger sauce on a cashew crust...... (groan).... just awesome. Everything was done perfectly. Even the house coffee. I take issue w the way most other places in Portland tend to overbrew their coffee, as if it is a badge of honor to drink coffee in a solid state rather than a liquid one. Not here, the coffee was well brewed and could actually enjoy it.
The service could not have been any better. The artwork and design of the cafe also added to the enjoyment of our meals.
I only regret that this was my first trip here in all my time of being in Portland. Perhaps that was due to some poorly crafted reviews that may dissuade one from trying this place. Also, the claim it is "Popular with the young crowd" as read on the Portland page might be true but I saw old people in there and know my folks love this place as much as I did and they aren't exactly the "young crowd". Also the food types on the front page doesn't exactly describe how great this pace is, it is not your typical sandwich or breakfast joint; they do it in true Portland culinary fashion, amazingly well. I must say if you are in Portland you would be harming yourself if you did not go here for breakfast!! BY FAR THE BEST BREAKFAST IN PORTLAND!!!!! I would also come to Chaos for lunch and the dinner menu had a few items that looked just awesome. Happy times!
Updated from previous review on Tuesday October 27, 2009