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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.
Fancy a bite into tantalizing wood-fired oven baked pizzas? Then head to this modern pizzeria on Everett Street in Pearl District. The decor and the ambiance may reflect the upscale quality and trendiness of modern American restaurants, but its menu is deeply rooted in the culinary traditions of Italian street food , which the award winning chef Cathy Whims has mastered over the years. The menu features the archetypal Pizza Margherita, and other regular varieties like Mushroom and Salami Pizzas which are infused with original ingredients and flavors. The Fennel Sausage Pizza, served on thin crust bread and topped with Italian sauces is also worth trying. As for the drinks, you can go for the usual wines to complement your meal, or rely on the expert mixologist Ryan Magarian's well-crafted cocktails.
Chef Bruce Carey and Chef Dolan Lane are two names associated with top-tier restaurants of the Northwest and the duo is now the driving force behind Clarklewis. This New American restaurant joins the trailblazers of the farm-to table movement, and presents Portlanders with a locally-inspired menu that borrows international flavors - mainly French and Italian. Most of the value is on the plate as the restaurant is housed inside a re-purposed warehouse with aesthetically pleasing yet rustic decor. Service adheres to a high standard and the menu changes daily, with a standard hand-picked wine list. A separate space is reserved for private dining which caters for up to 20 guests with customized menus. Reservations can be made online.
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.
Inspired by barbecues, picnics and other classic American eats typically enjoyed outside, The Fireside brings you a contemporary menu of wood-fired delights that will bring to mind fond memories of campfires and family picnics. Using locally-sourced produce, the menu offers delectable, gourmet dishes like salmon with fava beans, snap peas, and grilled lettuce with aged balsamic vinegar, and charred lamb riblets with pickled blueberry preserves. There are also a wide variety of craft cocktails to sample as you enjoy your meal by the fire. So drop in with a friend and enjoy an interesting conversation or befriend other like-minded gastronomes over farm-fresh food.