Smack in the midst of another micro-brewery cluster (including Parallel 49) that I still need to explore.
We were here for dinner with my nephew and his wife. They have good sense regarding food and wine, so I'm happy to be in their care.
I sort of recognize the space. This used to be an old school Chinese place ("we serve both cuisines - Chinese and Western"), and they're still using the old plates and other kit, which is good to see.
The menu is limited, and they focus on things they can do well. Likewise the wine list shows some thought.
We started with a beer, as we had a wait for our relatives. Powell Street Craft Brewery's Old Jalopy Pale Ale. 5.5% and 40 on the IBU scale. Not bad, and a good way to pass the time.
Once we were all in place, we opened an Oregon Pinot Noir, the Domain Drouhin (French, but they have an interest in the Willamette). With this we had a variety of bruscetta (okay, they call them tartines, but they're bruscetta); a beautiful little pot of foie gras parfait, duck rillettes, peach mostardo, and peach gelle (my favourite); croquettes d'escargot - snails battered up and deep fried, which is a good thing; and a pate of duck liver, pork, pistachios, pickles and mustard. Put a plate of butter lettuce on the side, and another plate of grilled Humboldt squid, and we were good.
At this point we opened up an Argiano Brunello di Montalcino. Just because we could.
Then they brought out some steak tartare with a nice crostini and some quail's egg (and fries and mayo).
Just after that, mussles and more fires (and mayo), and then we did the salade Nicoise with olive conserva, anchovy devilled eggs, and slabs of seared tuna atop.
And just to bulk up the protein - Rouge burger. sliders, really. With onion jam, chedder, and more frites.
To finish, madeleines. What other way would you choose to finish a meal like this?
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