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[PDX]Harrison

Kristi | Dec 20, 2004 05:40 PM

Our plans changed and we ended up having lunch at Harrison last Thursday rather than dinner. A group of 7 of us were there. First of all, we were seated and it took a good 10 minutes for anyone to approach us. The staff looked a bit uncomfortable and they appeared to be a little scattered. I really remarked upon this fact the next night when I went to Higgisn for dessert and drinks in the bar and noticed how at ease and professional their staff is.

When our server came over, we all ordered drinks. It took quite awhile for those to come and then we ordered lunch. Right before lunch was served they brought out bread. There were 2 kinds and they are served with a slightly sweet, very high fat butter. I loved the butter!

For lunch I had the Ahi with julienned vegetables. The Ahi was quite good, very rare and the vegetables were crips and delicious. The person next to me also had the Ahi but he asked that it not be served as rare. His lunch came out a few minutes after the rest of the entrees and it looked to be just as rare as mine. The others at our table had chicken and the flank steak. I didn't try any of the other entrees but everyone said they were good.

For dessert a few of us had the chocolate pot de creme with donut holes. Maybe it's because I have heard so many raves about these donut holes but I thought they were just good, not fabulous.

So, while I enjoyed my lunch, I was not very impressed by the whole experience. They definitely have some kinks to work out in the service and in making the restaurant run smoother. Also, I was treated to lunch and I do not think I will be back to spend my own money for quite some time. I need to go back and re-read Jim Dixon's review but I now see that he had some very valid points.

On a side note, the bar is beautiful (as is the rest of the restaurant) and looks very comfortable. Also, the woman's restroom is gorgeous and I loved that they had candles burning in there, it was a very nice touch.

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