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Deeply influenced by the Asian cuisine, award-winning Chef Gregory Gourdet dishes out some of the finest Asian fusion delicacies from the kitchen of Departure. The ingredients are fresh and locally sourced, while the food, including the vegan dishes, are hand-made right from Kampachi Sashimi, Dim Sum to Kushiyaki and desserts. If you are spoiled for choice, go for the chef's recommended specialties like Crispy Pork Belly, Bibimbap or Dungeness Crab Fried Rice. For a romantic dinner, you can book a table on its balcony, which is set against the backdrop of splendid views of the downtown Portland.
Henry's 12th Street Tavern in the bustling Pearl District, is a great introduction to the city for travelers and a nice spot for a first date or self treat for locals. The chic ambiance accompanied by a relaxed, casual atmosphere attracts folks from all over the world. The lofted ceilings and exposed walls create a beatnik feel which is complimented by the menu. American cuisine is the specialty, and many flavors are fused to create chef masterpieces that entice the palate. You can also dine alfresco or enjoy their happy hours in their expansive patio. The food is great, the beer list is outstanding and the experience is memorable.
For more than 100 years, Jake's has been serving favorites like Prawn Fettuccini, Wild Alaskan True Cod and cedar-plank salmon. This Portland landmark, often described as a must visit, draws locals as well as tourists all year round. It can get crowded, so get a reservation. A little boisterous at times, it is a fun night spot and the atmosphere is the only advertising necessary. The full bar has a television, making it a great spot to enjoy a game in the presence of delights from the North Pacific Ocean. Make sure to sit street side when the rain goes away, the patio is perfect for some people-watching as you sip on Jake's Classic Irish Coffee or the refreshing Basil Grape cocktail.
With the help of the celebrated local Chef David Machado, Nel Centro brings the refined flavors from the cuisines of Italian and French Riviera to Downtown Portland. A part of Hotel Modera, the restaurant's menu has decent options in entrees, salads, starters and side dishes. You can try the scrumptious specialty Braised Pork Risotto and Grilled Skirt Steak. Also, The Spaghetti Aglio and Pappardelle al Tocco are flavorful and appeasing to the taste-buds. If you are looking to unwind with your friends, then head to the outdoor patio which is replete with fire-pits. Expect a huge crowd during happy hours as the drinks and food specials offered here have made this one of the best happy hours spots in the city. To add to the vibrant atmosphere is the live jazz performances which are scheduled on weekend nights.