Vietnamese food is a dime a dozen in Portland.
But Anna Vocaturo -- an alumna of the celebrated Rose's Luxury in Washington D.C. -- and partner Sarah Bui want to take mom and pop-style Vietnamese food to the next level and show that there's more to the cuisine than pho and banh mi.
At Doi Dua, the couple's Vietnamese pop-up, Vocaturo and Bui will be serving more composed and uncommon regional dishes, such as banana flower salad, turmeric-marinated monkfish and citrus salad with Dungeness crab, in addition to family-style plates and drinking food. Many of the dishes were inspired by or learned directly from Bui's mom and family who are from Saigon.
They'll be drawing inspiration from Rose's, too, focusing heavily on service and hospitality, something the DC restaurant has been lauded for (besides the food).
Expect to find pairing options -- leaning heavily towards sour beers -- as well.
They're kicking off their weekly pop-up on Feb. 24 and 25 at Hogan's Goat Pizza, from 5 - 10 p.m., and will serve dinner every Tuesday and Wednesday. Like Rose's, the pop-up will be walk-ins only.
If you're a Bon Appetit subscriber, you might've also already seen Vocaturo, though you might not know it. She's the cover girl on the September 2014 best restaurants issue reppin' Rose's Luxury -- Bon Appetit's best new restaurant of 2014.
Doi Dua will open on Feb. 24 and 25 and serve from 5 - 10 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday (for the foreseeable future). They'll be popping up at Hogan's Goat Pizza at 5222 N.E. Sacramento St.
-- Samantha Bakall
FEBRUARY 9, 2015