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  • Paul A.

    Very good food and consistent. Wonton soup is tasty. For the price this is one of the best Chinese restaurants in the area. Fried shrimp was unexpectedly excellent. This is probably our fourth trip here and we will definition be regulars.

    (5)
  • Cheryl D.

    We were attempting to eat at CT Bistro but they were closed so we drove around a bit and I saw this place and we decided to give it a try. The Owner (I assume) was our Waiter and brought water and tea out immediately. They have a very decently priced lunch menu, it ended up being 13 plus tip for lunch and they give you a ton of food, to say the least, no way in heck I could even attempt to finish. We started out with Egg Drop Soup and it was very good, more of a clear broth with chunks of chicken, water chestnuts, carrots and peas. Hubby ordered Twice Cooked Pork which came with fried rice and some long won-ton plank looking things. He enjoyed it very much. I asked to make a substitution on one of their lunch combo's and it was only a buck upcharge, and he was very amenable to the change. I ordered fried shrimp, pork fried rice and sesame chicken. Unlike my husband I did not enjoy my meal that much. The shrimp were good, and the sesame chicken was good, but I thought it came with a brown sauce or some kind of sauce, but it was just fried white meat chicken next to the shrimp. The only thing that I had to dip it in was the red/mustard/sesame seed sauce for the shrimp. It was a little disappointing as well as the fact there was no sesame taste at all, so I don't understand the name of Sesame Chicken? The Pork Fried Rice was ok but it was pretty obvious the rice had seen sitting around awhile, it was very dry, mushy and clumpy at the same time. It seemed overworked and overcooked. Not a huge fan of that. The service was excellent. The place is super dingy and dirty, the kind of grime no amount of scrubbing can get rid of. Black in the corners and generally filthy. I can't feel comfortable eating in an environment such as that so we most likely will not be back.

    (2)
  • Nadia P.

    Sooo. Visited this joint for the second time last night. I realize this is something that occurs naturally, but it can be prevented - when precautionary measures are taken (hair net, mayne, numtawknbat?) I ordered a small order of egg flower soup. What I received was a seemingly generous "small serving" of soup, plus a mystery hair. I pushed the bowl aside and kindly informed the waiter my soup was tainted, and that I didn't want it replaced. Whatever, right? These things happen.. **nearly dips egg roll in sauce** whaaa...where is the spicy mustard and sesame seeds that were in the sauce last time? Bummer. Okay, fine. This will do, surely. Chicken/veggie Lo Mein seems good, that's a relief. And hey, I even have leftovers. (The next day) **dumps leftover Lo Mein into bowl, glances inside empty box, eyes widen, I cringe** yet another hair. Disappointed I AM, Chiam. Invite me for dinner when yo' hurr isn't falling out. (-__-) P.s. - Is that Crown Royal clock near the register for sale? Lemme know.

    (2)
  • Michael G.

    The best Chinese restaurant on the westside. The staff is awesome. We get the Marfar chicken and the hot and sour soup. Love it! Always extra to take home. They do takeout as well just calm ahead for super fast service. They do have a small smokey bar in back with lotto.

    (4)
  • Frank J.

    This is an "ok" Chinese food restaurant. I have lunch here now and then and it's certainly fine. Tasty food. Decent sized portions. Reasonable prices.

    (3)
  • Jerelyn L.

    The food here is amazing. My boyfriend and I were a little hesitant to try out this place, but we took the chance and were so glad we did. We go here all the time now. The great food and decent prices keep bringing us back.

    (5)
  • Kiki T.

    I never had frozen Chinese before, burned fried rice with burned egg or stale/bitter won ton soup For the record the service was semi, I left leaving the food practically untouched and was never asked why, this is a sign of a very very bad restaurant

    (1)
  • Hilary G.

    Wish there were more interesting vege options - traditional average place good in a pinch but would not go out of my way.

    (2)
  • Adoree T.

    Quite frankly, this place is on the sketchy end of things, but that is honestly what makes it so delightful. A friend and I ordered the sweet and sour shrimp, vegetable fried rice, won tons, and egg flower soup, and everything was sinfully delicious. The food pretty much made me feel terrible, but it was so delicious... I half expected it would cause turmoil during digestion. Still, I would not dissuade anyone from eating at this establishment. The service was great! Very friendly staff, and the prices are completely reasonable. Sure, the food is rather greasy, and could upset your stomach... But isn't that that standard gamble that one takes when eating out? Live a little and try this delightful junk food.

    (4)
  • MaryElizabeth M.

    We just moved to the area, & a delivery guy that brought us our sofa recommended Chiam to us. We went on a Friday afternoon & for roughly $6/person (lunch menu) had a delightfully filling & yummy meal. We were pleasantly surprised by this little hole in the wall type of place. The staff was so friendly. We overheard part of a customers conversation with one of the staff, that led us to understand that the customer has been frequenting this place for years. The staff & the customer were catching up on stories about their grown up kids. It contributed kind of a cool ambiance to the place. Gonna check out the lounge one of these days. The food was great. "Typical" Chinese food fare, sizable portions.

    (4)
  • Theresa C.

    My family has eaten here for many years. The food is great, the service is good. Better than wan Q, which is close by. Its food is the usual American Chinese I am use to.Their prices are very fair, and the portions are large.

    (5)
  • Peggy N.

    We travel a lot and try out different Chinese restautants. We've been in the area for a couple weeks and tried them twice ...for lunch and dinner. Both times have loved everything we've ordered! The food is served hot and promptly. The hot and sour soup was delicious. We ordered sweet and sour chicken and egg foo young ...some of the tastiest we've ever eaten. Typical Chinese restaurant environment but looks clean and was comfortable. Would recommend to anybody for sure!

    (5)
  • Leigh O.

    I have no idea why this place has a bad star rating. it think it has something to do with people expecting amazing Chinese food to find out that all Chinese food is actually the same. seriously think about it. taste the sweet and sour chicken, then walk down the street and try the other asian place and taste their sweet and sour chicken. as someone in the know, let me give you a little tidbit of information. they didn't make it. that's right. they bought it. you notice how every bar in town serves the exact same mozzarella sticks? the buffalo wings? yeah. they buy it. so it's actually quite laughable that people can give one place a low rating based on the food. that hot and sour soup. yeah. they didn't make that. BUT. these guys got something going with their sweet and sour chicken. I'm not sure what it's been laced with but it's addicting. the chicken is different. they don't use the same old stuff as the other joints. I get the giant plate and that Louie CK line runs through my head the entire meal. "the meal isn't over when I'm full. the meal is over when I hate myself." if you want to eat until you hate yourself. I recommend Chiam. this isn't, like, some awesome place for tourists to stop by. it's not a must-go/must-try joint. this is a neighborhood staple for those in the area. there's seriously like 15 chinese food joint within 3 miles of here. this one is the neighborhood secret. how do you pronounce that anyways? my friends all like "it's chee-om, cuz I studied Japanese in school" and I'm like, "yeah, it isn't because it's Chinese/American and the annunciation of the two fragments is Chai Am" and he's like "nuh huh" and Im like "uh huh" and he's like "nuh uh" and I'm like "uh huh". and ill stop there cuz that went on for a while. the service is very minimal. as it is in most asian places. if you feel like you need 3 refills of coke in one sitting, you might either have to bring your own camelbak filled with coke which you prolly should have anyways if you actually drink that much coke, or you might have to actually stand up and ask for it. it does seem kind of ridiculous that they put 4 pounds of fried chicken in front of you and pretend that the thimble of tea that they give you is enough to lubricate your gullet for the absurdity that's about to happen. but that's what i've come to expect. I always get the sweet and sour chicken, because as far as I'm concerned all Chinese food is sweet and sour chicken and sweet and sour chicken is all Chinese food. The wife usually gets some beef and broccoli dish which is good. usually comes with some white frilly noodle things that are totally not noodles. the sauce is good. it might be some hoisin variant because it's a bit sweet but with a little smokiness. it's also got some rogue peppers in there for you to randomly choke on the hot spicy seeds. that's pretty rad, when you find these you are prone to being made fun of by the rest of the table. oh jokes. so funny. I go with a co-worker sometimes and she gets the General Tso's Chicken, i think it's called. that one's good too. sesame flavors and more honey based sauce, as almost all Americanized Chinese food is. when Im done with my plate and I don't quite sufficiently hate myself enough and still have room for more self loathing, ill totally nab some of her chicken. this dish comes with some weird crispy cracker things. they don't taste good. don't eat those. i think they are supposed to be a garnish but they really just look like gross crackers. just eat the chicken and the rice. there's seriously enough there that you really shouldn't eat anything else today if you plan on finishing it all. you really don't need to eat 2 more crackers. you'll be okay. if you really need 2 more crackers, just put some in the side pocket of your camelbak and bring them from home if you're really gonna carry that thing around anyways.

    (5)
  • Marija P.

    Me Andy husband went here but we are not planing on going back after they charged us 50c for chopsticks. Very poor service and food is average

    (2)
  • Mary N.

    The Best Chinese-American Food Ever! (Hence the name) Been enjoying the food for 30 years now and it makes my mouth water thinking about it! Sweet and sour chicken, fried rice, barbecued pork, and wonton soup...Yummy! Ask for Chin!

    (5)
  • K R.

    Well, I just ordered the worst meal of my life. Earlier this evening I called in an order for pick up. I ordered a Number 7 Combo (sesame chicken, fried rice, an egg roll) and pot stickers. What that translated to was chicken nuggets with a side of ketchup, dry rice with no flavor, a flimsy sad little log that semi resembled an egg roll, and fried plastic. Sesame chicken is usually served in some sort of sauce sprinkled with sesame seeds. This restaurants version, I suppose, is fried little pieces of chicken which have no sesame flavor whatsoever. If I wanted chicken nuggets I would have gone to McDonalds...where I could have ordered basically the same thing quality wise but would have gotten 20 for $5. To make matters worse, this chicken wasn't even accompanied by a special dipping sauce. Instead, we received a little plastic container of ketchup. The rice was dry, not properly cooked and tasted like air. Usually fried rice is also jazzed up a bit with some other ingredients; onions, peas, carrots just to name a few. All of these were absent. An egg did make it to the party, however, and by that I mean one little piece of scrambled egg that was the size of my thumb nail. The egg roll was mushy and had not crispy aspect to it as egg rolls should. And the pot stickers? Well if you're a fan of gnawing on plastic than this is the dish for you. The only thing that made it semi better was the little cup of dipping cause it came with, which when I think about it, was pretty much just an overload of salt flavor wise. This restaurant has it all wrong. Disclaimer: I wasn't expecting the world, but I know what basic Americanized Chinese food is, and when I order sesame chicken I expect sesame chicken, not "sesame" chicken nuggets. Please avoid if you're looking for a good Chinese meal.

    (1)
  • Gillian W.

    Another divy hole in the wall, Love this place for happy hour. It is quite convenient that they have decent food as well, as what you would get in the restaurant. The food isn't WOW, but what you see on a typical Chinese food menu. I usually go over to the lounge side on the back, not the restaurant part, although I have been over to restaurant half I frequent the lounge area for the drinks.. :)

    (4)
  • David H.

    Pretty crappy food. Depressing atmosphere. We thought we'd give it a shot because we're still on a quest to find decent Chinese food in the area. Seriously tho, spare yourselves and skip this place. Sadly, our standby Chinese place around here is still Panda Express. :P

    (1)
  • John R.

    This place is *so* bad. Portland has hundreds of great authentic Asian restaurants, this one is not one of them. Seriously - go there any time of the day and the dining room is *empty* (although the bar is quite popular with the older crowd - usually very busy in the afternoon and evening). Even though we are in the area all the time - we tried this place about 5 times and it never had anything worth a darn. Go to one of the other places nearby - or drive a little farther out Cornell to an excellent place (It is unfair to name it here, but its over near Cornell and Bethany). Chiam even fails at Fried Rice - how the hell do you fail at Fried Rice? Some of the positive reviews say things like "I think everyone is used to the ****** americanized Chinese food. This place is fresh and authentic." or something along those lines. I call BS. There are many many great Chinese places in Portland metro which are frequented by actual recent Chinese immigrants - and are very very authentic. The problem with this place is not that it is or isn't authentic - it's that it just isn't good... (Having lived all over the country - I am familiar with crappy Americanized Chinese food - most of the middle of the country has that kind of Chinese cuisine). I am not sure why anyone would like Chiam. I could go by right now and take a picture of the empty dining room - its just plain not good at all. A sign of a good Chinese restaurant is lots of Chinese people eating there... Chiam has few...

    (1)
  • John B.

    Without a doubt this is the worst Chinese restaurant i have ever eaten at. I ordered a Won Ton soup and Mongolian Chicken which was recommended by the waitress when i asked for something spicy. I sent the soup back because it was cold and the meal came luke warm as well. It was as if they had served it from one of those "all you can eat' buffets where the food sits out until someone finally eats it.

    (1)
  • Kenzie P.

    I have no idea why Chiams is getting poor reviews. I think everyone is used to the shitty americanized Chinese food. This place is fresh and authentic. I ALWAYS have great service and great food. I have never had to wait longer than 5 minutes for my food to come. Not to mention they have the best happy hour. If I could give this place more than 5 stars I would.

    (5)
  • Jim H.

    Basically what you would expect from a family owned and operated Chinese restaurant... The luncheon menu is by far the best secret in the Cedar Mill area. They have many dishes to choose from all served with fried rice and hot sour soup, for about $5.75. You can't go wrong with that. I go here about once a week for lunch, it's that good!

    (5)
  • Jesse B.

    Had the broccoli chicken lunch here today. Hot and sour soup was a little too peppery for my taste, meal came with tea and soup for a very good price. Lots of perfectly cooked broccoli with some white meat chicken and some pan fried rice. Sauce was very tasty. Does almost seem like they clean the pan with the rice but it doesn't taste too bad. Served with 3! Wantons. I like this place and keep coming back for lunch and to-go dinner.

    (4)
  • Scott N.

    Years ago Chiam Restaurant came up with the perfect name for an Americanized Chinese restaurant. With a name like "Chiam" by golly you no what you're getting. Over the years Chiam has changed ownership and changed locations but the menu has remained basically the same. Numerous combination dinners and more types of chow mein than the average person could probably think of. The newest version of Chiam Restaurant on Cornell Road has actually a nice interior. Comfortable booths and sharp looking murals on the wall. There's a lounge in the rear which is quite busy. Service is quick and unfriendly. To smile would have surely cracked our server's face. However, the guy at the cash register was pleasant. On the positive side Chiam offers large portions and very reasonable prices. Most entrees and combination dinners are below $10. Combination Chinese dinners come with soup. Chiam makes a very tasty egg roll. The fried shrimp are fried to perfection and not at all greasy. The won ton soup was like two folded over noodles and morsels of meat floating in a chicken broth. Absolutely awful. The glaze on the barbecued pork was so weak that it didn't even taste like Chinese barbecued pork. My Subgum Chicken Chow Mein should have been called "Celery Chow Mein." The whole dish was like a big plate of chopped celery with an occasional piece of chicken or water chestnut. I got so sick of eating celery that I couldn't finish my Subgum Chicken Chow Mein. I got so sick of eating celery at Chiam that it will be a while before I can eat celery again. If you wanted to fill your belly quickly and inexpensively I suppose Chiam would probably do. However, if you wanted a quality Chinese meal or even an Americanized Chinese meal for that matter, believe you me you can do so much better than Chiam Restaurant.

    (2)
  • Kristine L.

    Our search for good Chinese food continues... Let me start by saying the hot tea was good and the waitress was friendly. Now onto the food. We ordered the family style dinner for 2. It started with "won ton" soup. I put that in quotes because it was more like dumpling soup with bacon bits floating in it. And the won ton wrappers were too thick and very doughy. Next was the appetizer platter. Deep fried shrimp, egg rolls, and bbq pork. Personally, I liked the pork. The eggrolls were not fresh, mine was actually cut in half because I am assuming the cook doesn't know how long to cook them? The shrimp batter was very dense and the oil was old. Not a good combo. The dinner. The beef kew?- The beef was old and had that texture like liver. The oil that the pan fried noodles were cooked in was the same as the shrimp. They had a fishy flavor to them. The Mandarin Pressed duck. The waitress actually tried to talk us out of it. But here is the kicker...we LIKE duck! Don't do it. We should have listened to her. And finally the rice. Our dinner came with Chiam Fried Rice. This is pork fried rice, sans the egg, with carrots and peas. The peas and carrots were of the frozen bagged variety. I know this because my peas were still frozen! and all the carrots were the exact same size....hmmm. The pork looked like it was pulled out of an Oscar Meyer package. This meal was so bad, we didn't even take it home to give to our dog (who ALWAYS gets our leftovers). So the search continues.

    (1)
  • Erika B.

    **FOOD POISONING ALERT:: Went here with a friend who lives nearby. About 6 hours after the meal, I was violently ill and I am still recovering.

    (1)
  • Kim K.

    Hesitant to try a neighborhood spot, after moving from a city with mostly 'American' chains like PF Changs. We had Hot & Sour soup and the Chiam Special Chow Mein. Both flavorful dishes exceeded our expectations and the portions were enormous. Service was a little slow but still polite, on a Sunday afternoon. The decor was typical and dated but as another reviewer pointed out, the booths were comfy. Full bar is available through a separate entrance. I took a menu with me and I'll certainly be back.

    (4)
  • MaryBeth D.

    we usually really enjoy our family combo dinner, however this time my husband had a real issue with his kung pow chicken.He found not just 1 chicken bone but 3, this has never happened before. It will not discourage our return because otherwise we really do enjoy the food and they are only minutes away when we need a fix.

    (3)
  • Juan H.

    Dont eat this crap. The owner insist s your order is what he says you ordered even if you ordered something else. I went in this place yesterday to pick up my mongolian beef(dog) and recieved chicken(cat) and after I politely mentioned that I didn't order it, he started to yell at me, shoving the piece of paper he took the order on in my face and raising his voice. I was shocked and offended. , wouldn't feed this to my dog. I believe I saw marks on the meat where the jockey hit it. I also got a headache after I ate the garbage. One star is too much. Seriously unless you like being abused by an angry greedy Korean man who peddles crap food, don't go here. NOt that I hold a grudge or anything... NOr am I bitter... I love crappy chinese food just as much as teh next guy but this place is out of control.

    (1)
  • Carmen C.

    The meal was good and prompt. They catered to my special needs however when we went to pay our bartender was playing video poker. I thought that was illegal...

    (3)
  • Professor J.

    My husband and I have eaten here many times and also gotten takeout dinners. We love the two family style dinners. I love the one with duck and steak. The ingredients are fresh and every dish we have ordered has obviously been cooked right before serving. The service in the restaurant has always been good. We have never had to wait for a takeout order. There is an amazing painting on the wall of people riding fantastic creatures over the waves of the sea.

    (4)
  • Reney O.

    Okay so my boyfriend and I come here a lot for happy hour specials. You get a lot of bang for your buck. No complaints about the food, just that it's a very limited selection. Sometimes they do slap on a lot more celery than a person can handle in their stir fries, I'll admit that. Their drinks are great :) You get a lot of alcohol for a good price. Perhaps it's because we're regulars do we get better service, I don't know. But our bartender/waitress has always been hustling and bustling about the lounge taking care of everyone. I haven't been to the front of the restaurant to eat though, so the service might be different there. But I like Chiam, not bad at all. They've got their own parking lot, which is a nice perk considering the area it's in.

    (3)
  • Judy A.

    We come here every chance we get. Order Chiam's special chow mein with pan fried noodles, and 2 cups of the best hot and sour soup. The chow mein would serve 4 comfortably, so we share it and take some home. Full bar. Delicious! Neighborhood Chinese.

    (5)
  • Tiffany T.

    Dreadful. The wontons in the wonton soup had fallen apart, the meat separated from the wrapper. I ordered the Mongolian chicken. Big mistake! They covered the top with rice noodles as though to hide the dish from sight. Which was a good idea. The chicken tasted old, sinewy and gross. The sauce and onions were burnt. The fried rice was a bunch of greasy eggy rice with egg. The entire place reeked of smoke. It was cheap but inedible. Because of our experience here my husband and I have come up with a secret non verbal code to get the heck out of a bad restaurant, before ordering without insulting the watress. Should have thought of that sooner...

    (1)
  • Aaron T.

    To be honest, I don't even want to write this review, because it forces me to try and recall how terrible this place was. My wife and I like to be adventurous and try new places, and this time we got burned. We have gone to Wan Q with great success, as well as the place on the corner of Walker and Murray (the name escapes me right now). The service was very average, the atmosphere was nonexistent, and the food (most importantly) was awful. I mean, there was a gigantic plate of it, but that just made a gigantic plate of terrible food. I'd have preferred if they would cut the portions by more than half and use real meat. It was the stereotypical Chinese restaurant that conjures up images of "other meats" and poor conditions. We ate 3 bites and left.

    (1)
  • Brian R.

    I go in expecting Chinese - American food and that is what I get. I like this place a lot. The prices are acceptable for what you order. The staff is friendly. Although they have hired two new girls who made me feel ignored. If ever I feel like having Chinese, this is the place I go.

    (4)
  • Melissa S.

    After living in the neighborhood for nearly a year, I finally stopped by and I was pleasantly surprised. The staff in the lounge were very welcoming and the drinks - stiff and cheap. The food was run-of-the-mill, but let's face it, I'm not in a lounge to eat.

    (4)
  • Jeanne F.

    We had dinner here on Christmas night. The hot and sour soup tasted like someone added water because they didn't have enough to go around. We were all served ice water. Later, someone in our party asked for water with out ice; the server poured the water back into the serving pitcher and then used it to serve others. Onto the food, everything was bland, even the Szechuan dishes. Service was good, but if you are looking for Chinese food, don't stop here.

    (1)
  • R T.

    This place is so bad it doesn't deserve a star. Lousy service and poor quality food are a rip off at any price.

    (1)
  • Ratestuff J.

    AWEFUL GRUB at NEW LOCATION! Just aweful food and service today at lunch. We were very dissapointed in the quality today. Everything at this place is breaded with a salty (old tasting) breading. Just the worst food I have partaken of in a very long time. The orange chicken seemed old and there was no orange flavor. Very lazy approach to Chinese food! Their coke tastes terrible like the owners have no palet for drink or proper taste.

    (1)

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Opening Hours

  • Mon :11:00 am - 11
  • Mon : 11:00 am - 11

Specialities

  • Takes Reservations : Yes
    Delivery : No
    Take-out : Yes
    Accepts Credit Cards : Yes
    Good For : Lunch
    Parking : Private Lot
    Bike Parking : Yes
    Good for Kids : Yes
    Good for Groups : Yes
    Attire : Casual
    Ambience : Casual
    Noise Level : Quiet
    Alcohol : Full Bar
    Outdoor Seating : No
    Wi-Fi : No
    Has TV : No
    Waiter Service : Yes
    Caters : No

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Chinese Cuisine

The popularity of Chinese food in America can be adjudicated by the appearance of China Town in many major cities in the United State of America. The popular trend of ordering or opting for Chinese take away food isn't unknown in America. Chinese take away food comes to rescue when you're too tired from work or too exhausted to cook. No one can resist the temptation of eating spicy noodles, shrimp, chicken, beef or pork cooked in the sweet and spicy sauce. The cooking method of authentic Chinese food is a lot different compared to what is served in America.

Generally, Chinese use dark meat small bones and organs to cook dishes but this changes when you are eating American-Chinese fusion food prepared using white boneless meat cooked with broccoli, carrots and onions. Back in China, the food is less spicy and oily as they favor steaming and braising method for cooking the most popular dishes. So, if you have a taste for authentic Chinese food, then try finding a real Chinese restaurant in the city. You can also try the most popular fusion Chinese food like Pecking Duck, Chicken Feet, Hot Pot, Shrimp Dumpling Soup, Mapo Tofu, Wontons, Chop Suey, Egg Rolls and not to forget Fortune Cookies.

There are not many restaurants in America serving authentic Chinese food. A little research on Restaurant Listings directory can help you locate the best Chinese restaurants in the city. Chinese cuisine is continuously evolving, and you can find a variety of dishes categorized as the food for lactose intolerant, gluten intolerant, vegan, vegetarian, and diabetic friendly. So, if you have a group of friends with different taste patterns, save the hassle and visit the nearest Chinese restaurant in your city.

The Chiam Restaurant

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