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Northwest bounty is put to good use in the Italian inspired fare served up in this pint sized northeast eatery . Get the 5 courses for $60 and enjoy the best dishes in the house.
Chandeliers, red and white checked gingham, pickled things in the windows, intimately teeny-weeny dining room--this Northeast Portland nook was made for romance. If sommelier Austin Bridges is around, have him choose your wine pairings, he never misses.
DOC, don't bother.
DOC was quite different. Limited menu. But the distressing issue was the service. This was our first time, and we were not well attended.We ordered bread and olives which was an extra charge, and that wasn't delivered until we asked for it when our primi and appetizer was served.
The risotto was moderately good, but nothing to rave about, and the chicken livers were overcooked, and not very appetizing. The lamb shank was good, but the lasange with kale was pretty tasteless. I asked to take the bread & olives home, the olives and oil were dumped in the box with the bread. I was really quite appalled, and certainly wouldn't recommend DOC to my friends.
One of the best in PDX!. Flawless service. The wine pairings were perfect with each course. Recommend the tasting menu as you get a little bit of each dish on the menu, although the entire table has to get the tasting menu which might not be suitable for everyone. The brussel sprout dish served the night I went was beyond description! The sprouts were crispy and buttery. Blood orange sorbet to top off the meal was divine! Can't wait to go back!
Fabulous wines; Food uninspiring. The restaraunt has all the makings for a fine dining experience: interesting entrance (through the kitchen); small intimate setting; tasting menu; wonderful wine options; and a knowlegable courteous staff. The food did not meet our expectations (which, to be fair, were high). We selected the tasting menu, and there was not a single course that was memorable. One of the dishes--sardines draped over potatoes--was not only visually unappealing, but the smell was overwhelming...(and we're not lightweights.). The short ribs were so fatty that we found only two small bites of meat in the entire dish. The pasta dish was just good, not great--it lacked depth of flavor in the sauce. Perhaps we dined at the restaurant on a night when the chef was "off"...but based on our experience, there are restaraunts in Portland with much more inspired food (Le Pigeon, for example). The staff was very good; and the wine pairing with the tasting menu was great. We won't return...but others have really enjoyed this location, so perhaps we merely were there on an off night?
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