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Outliers [Portland]

nyawira | Aug 22, 2013 10:47 AM

My husband and I went to Outliers last night, partially based on the amazing review they reviewed in the press, but also because a friend had an amazing experience there, and also members of the board here have had positive experiences.

We sat at the bar and ate oysters, the pork belly appetizer, the mussels appetizer, and then we shared the duck. The oysters were really quite outstanding. Some of the best we've had in town. The mussels were also outstanding. Some of the best we've had in town. And the serving size was enormous. I am not sure we needed that much, but I'm certain others would be really happy with the portion size. In fact, the portion sizes of everything was bigger than would typically be our preference.

The pork belly dish was inedible. We love pork belly and order it whenever it's on the menu. So, we know it's fatty. But this was pure fat. There was no meat at all. It was cooked so that the top was crispy which was really yummy. But that was it. We couldn't eat it. And we told the very friendly bartender. She went back to the Chef with it and came back to let us know that they would either take if off our bill or cook another portion. But she reminded us that typically pork belly is very fatty. So, I let her know that if the Chef felt that what we were served was acceptable to take it off our bill, because it really wouldn't do to get a plate precisely the same as the last serving. But, if the chef did agree that it was too fatty to be served (no meat. Literally), then we'd love to have another go at it. The chef decided to serve us another plate and it was really quite wonderful. Kudos to the Chef, to the bartender and to the management of this new restaurant for the way they handled this exchange. I tipped the bartender generously based on this exchange alone.

The duck was very good, it was served on a bed of risotto which was dreamy it was so good.

We shared a bottle of wine which was recommended by the bartender, who offered to let us taste it first before ordering. Something we took her up on since it was a Shiraz, a wine we typically don't drink.

So, all in all, a great experience at Outliers.

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