Members of the staff at the Asian Fusion eatery Oasisba
DINE & DRAG: My friend, Erin de Jesus, posted this over at Eater PDX today. I wanted to make sure you guys had a chance to hear all about (and see the photos) from this wonderful new and INCREDIBLY COOL local restaurant:
To reiterate: Drag queens. are acting as the full-time waitstaff. at Oasisba, an Asian fusion restaurant and bar that recently — ahem — transitioned from a former life as the more-traditional Thai restaurant Sweet Basil. (Just a week ago, the restaurant posted signs hinting at a changing of the guard from restaurant to lounge, promising "spicy entertainment" on the menu. That statement has now changed to the more descriptive "gender illusionists.")
The just-outside-the-Pearl location (across the street from the Mission Theater) may seem a bit odd for a drag-meets-Asian food spot, but Oasisba's staff features famous-in-LA queens ChiChi and Chonga (famous for live-rapping to Salt N Pepa), among others, performing sets in between food service — every hour, on the hour. Also: The lengthy cocktail menu features Thai iced tea with Maker's Mark, which is kind of life-changing. Also: Drag queens serving Asian food. Then lip-synching to Kylie and/or a track from Dreamgirls. Then refilling your water glass. Brilliant.
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