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Pambiche & PIX (PDX)

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Pambiche & PIX (PDX)

Jamesongrrl | Mar 23, 2005 11:23 AM

Finally went to dinner at Pambiche last night. (I had been for lunch previously.)
The food was very good.
I had the Oxtails, which were very tender- falling off the bone tasty. I did have to add hot sauce to give it that extra kick I think the dish needed. (Have they have toned down the s dishes for the American palate? I would think Cuban would have a bit more spices and kick.) But once I did add the sauce it was 3X tastier.
My partner had the garlic shrimp. He was very impressed and loved the avocado salad that was the side.
We also ordered an Empanada for an appetizer and 1 Cristal beer each.
Cost- appetizer $3.50, entree's $15 each, and beers were $5.50 each (ouch- for a standard bottled beer. A large Asahi is $5.50 at a lot of places. A standard imported bottled beer prolly shouldn't cost that much.)
The total was $42.50 and with tip $50.
I feel that the price seemed a bit high. I'm sure you can do it cheaper (like not have the beer) but it definitely put more of a dent in my finances than I expected.
And although the food was good neither Collin nor I were quite in the mood for such cramped quarters. I mean we were literally sitting on top of people on both sides. (and we got there at 5:30pm, pretty early by most dining standards.)
I love the food but unfortunately won't be back for dinner any time soon. I'll head there for lunch when it is more affordable and a bit less people.

Afterwards we then decided to go to PIX for desserts thinking that would be a bit mellower...
Unfortunately it was movie night and they had a line out the door with people waiting for 'to go' orders.
We had 2 glasses of wine and an 'Aphrodite'. A crisp chocolate shell hides cherry mousse, chocolate mousse, drunken cherries, and a moscato-soaked chocolate biscuit.
I'm normally not very into sweets but it was very good, surprisingly not overly sweet yet still had a rich chocolate flavor. $17.50 w/o tip.
The biggest set back with PIX was the service. It seemed as if they had one girl working the entire place (and a buser who showed up infrequently.) She seemed definitely over whelmed by the number of people at the counter and you couldn't actually get served if you were seated at a table. They definitely needed another person- one to run the counter and one to wait the tables. (Maybe there are usually 2 and one called in sick unexpectedly..... things happen.)
Even with that small set back, and the fact that I am not usually very interested in sweet items, I will definitely return and try some other items.

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