Sunday, July 1, 2018

Fine Dining in Portland

When I was in Portland in December we barely missed the reopening of Roe in its new location downtown. Luckily, my awesome co-worker remembered that Lindsey and I had wanted to go experience the pescatarian tasting menu and made a reservation for the three of us. It was even better than I was hoping it would be. When you walked through the door, you felt like you had entered the spot in a spa where you sip fruity water in your robe (although in this case, there weren't any robes). 
We were given some dashi broth with lemon oil to sip on and get our palates ready for what was to come. We also had some delicious cocktails and a bottle of amazing rosé but I was too focused on the food to snap any photos of those. Also, the staff were amazing - super friendly and very knowledgable about everything on the menu.
Course 1: Hamachi sashimi with potato threads, avocado emulsion, and aged brown rice ponzu. (I seriously had to control myself from licking the bowl at the end.)
I am such a bread girl - especially delicious fresh bread with fancy unsalted local butter and three kinds of house infused salts to add - dashi, citrus, and anise. Simply perfect - and all the refills throughout the meal!!
Course 2: "Ham and peas" - cold smoked, poached nairagi with herb-pea gazpacho and radish. Amazing! 
Course 3: Mero sea bass pan seared with lemon, "mirepoix," and buttermilk dashi veloute
Course 4: Strawberry - strawberry sorbet, milk crumble, strawberry schmear, and strawberry dust. A dream in a dish.
We ended the meal on a sweet note with these tiny raspberry macarons. *mwah*

A truly incredible meal with friends. I will definitely be back!

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