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PDX - Downtown dining report

qtssima | May 16, 2006 02:20 PM

After getting some suggestions from the board for a few places to eat while on a business trip, I just wanted to let you know how things went.

Wednesday eve - walked into Southpark Seafood Grill at 7:30 pm and we were seated immediately. I had clams with garlic, chile and dry sherry for a starter - nice sized clams with just enough spice and garlic to them, and I finished off the broth with some of the excellent bread. My business partner had the mussels with fennel sausage and marinara. He enjoyed these and I did try some - I was impressed not only with the mussels, but with the sausage - great flavor and very tender.

Entrees were seared ahi tuna with risotto cakes and baby spinach with pine nuts - tuna was perfect, the risotto cakes had a great texture but I found them to be a bit bland - maybe I was expecting more after the spiciness of the clams? My partner had risotto with prawns, peas and pancetta, which was wonderful - his only complaint was that he felt guilty that he was unable to finish it all and there was shrimp in EVERY bite.

For dessert I had the citrus trifle which had lime mascarpone cream,and blood orange curd. There was also a pistachio brittle that came with it. This was delicious and refreshing. I drank two glasses of wine which I allowed the waitress to recommend and both were great. I would definitely return to this restaurant in the future.

The next evening we had to take a client out to dinner and went to the Heathman. Again, we walked in at 7:00 pm on a Thursday with no reservations and were seated immediately. We started with a dozen Kumamoto oysters on the half shell with a shallot vineagrette that were top notch. I had a wonderful halibut with (again!) risotto cakes and asparagus, and the other two diners had the rack of lamb and salmon. I again allowed the waiter to recommend my wine and it was outstanding.

Service at both places was also excellent and I received many compliments on my choices. Thanks again chowhounders - you haven't steered me wrong yet!

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