Portland >Natural Selection
Winning over herbivores and omnivores alike with their cleverly designed and affordable plant-based prix fixe menu. Cocktails aren’t too shabby either—I love the Davenport Martini with house-infused rosemary gin.
With its exposed Edison bulbs and gleaming copper-and-steel kitchen, this little Alberta Street spot is that rare place in Portland: all the intimacy and design savvy of our best locavore restaurants without a spec of meat.
This vegetarian restaurant pulls off meat-free cuisine so well, even the carnivorous folks won't notice.
Summary: Overpriced, limited menu,
bring a snack
We tried this restaurant for the first time for my wife's birthday last night and I have to say I was not impressed. My wife is vegetarian but I, my son and her parents are not. I felt like the menu lacked enough protein (in lieu of having meat of course). The soup was good and tasty but I don't think it justified the $11 price tag. it was a fairly thin carrot and parsnip soup and the portion size was, shall I say, lacking.
I also tried the orrechiette pasta. This was quite tasty but the protein in this dish was noticeable only by its absence. I think there were maybe 10-12 white beans in the entire dish. I expected a more balanced meal.
There was really very little for kids on the menu. They also didn't even have complimentary bread my son could snack on so I had to resort to giving him an Odwalla bar that I happened to have. He did like the endive and lentil appetizer though. He is not a super finicky eater.
Finally, we come to the bottom line. The price of the meal for 5 was $200 which included 4 glasses of wine, a flight of wine and a mixed drink. My son who is 5 really didn't have much off the menu. So effectively this was a meal for four. $200 for four is on the high side but not unheard of. However, you should not spend $50 per person and have two of the four still hungry afterward.
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