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clarklews/Hurley's in Portland, OR

kim c | Nov 24, 2004 12:45 PM

Well, well, well I finally made it to clarklewis for lunch and I am so glad I did. We arrived a little late, around 1:30 so I was getting nervous we wouldn't make it. We were seated near the back and everyone was right, there is no table service but this did not bother me in the least.

The warehouse it is located in is swank and trendy and I absolutely loved it. When you enter the restaurant, you are handed menus to look at, then you go up to the counter to order and the food is brought to your table.

I chose the salad of endives with local apples, gorgonzola dolce latte, and walnuts. There were around seven items to choose from, including a soup of minestra of turnips, potatoes and garlic with ken's bread that also sounded very good.

I found the wine list to be very unusual, mostly wines from Italy that I haven't heard of. I'm still trying out all the CA and PNW wines right now. I chose a glass of their super-secret black bottle house wine that was very good. I also tasted the friuli.vie di romans.pinot grigio.2002 that was very good.

For my entree I chose the scallops. They come prepared with stewed celery root and spinach, caper prosecco butter for eleven dollars. Most of the salads run between $4-$6 for lunch.

Well, this scallop dish was simply THE best I have ever had and I live on seafood when visiting the PNW. My husband had the sandwich of italian ham with gruyere cheewe, dijon, on a countrh brown bread for $6 that came with a side of gourmet potato salad that I tasted and it was excellent. He raved about his sandwich.

They were ever so kind to make an egg noodle dish just for my daughter who requested this. She loved it! I tasted it and it was also excellent.

We chose the apple crisp for dessert that was wonderful. I give clarklewis two great big thumbs up. I will defititely return and my husband also raved about the place.

We were given a dinner menu to view and the serving sized come in three sizes. Small, Large and Family depending on your appetite. This would be a great way to try many different things. We will definitely return for lunch and dinner. Actually, it will be the first place I will head for dinner when we're back in Portland in March. clarklewis keep up the excellent work, Portland very fortunate to have such a wonderful place to dine with very affordable prices.

Hurley's- After many hours of shopping Pioneer Place, we headed to Hurley's for dinner. I didn't have a reservation, just thought we would wing it. Even on a Thurs. night, they were full, but we were squeezed in at a very nice table in the bar area.

Our waiter was very efficient and I loved the thing he did with the napkins while placing them on your lap. I started with the Cucumber and Gathered Green's which is a bed of local field greens, heirloom cucumbers with a house dressing. Very small portion, but excellent and very flavorful.

I had a glass of the Tori Mor Pinot Noir that was nice with my entree of the Muscovie Duck. The Mallard Duck Breast, Garlic Cottage Fries, and Pepper Corn Cognac Sauce. This entree was delicious and really enjoyed it.

My husband had the "Chicken Wings" Sous Vide which is the duck forcemeat, pumpkin-black truffle puree, "Pumpkin Pie Spice" Jus Natural. It was beautifully presented and he said it was excellent.

For dessert, the three of us shared the Coriander-infused creme brullee that was also very nice. I really enjoyed Hurley's and would put it right up their with my love for the Bluehour & Paley's Place for fine Portland dining. Two excellent meals in a place I love! (Oh, BTW, we didn't even get rained on!!) Bon appetit! ***kim***

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