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St. Jack and Pepe Le Moko


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St. Jack and Pepe Le Moko

cobpdx | | Apr 30, 2014 08:01 PM

Had dinner last night at St. Jack. This was our 3rd time to the restaurant (second time at the new location). I really want to like this place more than I do...we have trouble finding menu items we are interested in.

Went during Happy Hour and had 2 butter lettuce salads and a goat cheese/fromage blanc spread. Both were tasty. The salads were simple but well dressed. We also ordered off the regular menu: a duck confit with warm lentil salad and a marinated baby octopus dish. The octopus dish had a great presentation in a large scallop shell set on crushed ice. The octopus had diced peppers and shallots. Seasoning and preparation fine, just not our favorite dish. The duck confit/lentil dish was great and we would have that again any day!

Love, love, love the cocktails! Had the Jack Manhattan (something like that) which is very well-balanced and comes with your choice of garnish: orange peel AND cherry. And the excess drink is kept cold in a cute little carafe set in crunched ice.

Again, love the cocktails, love the setting and location, still puzzled why some of the food just doesn't appeal to us (not that we have tried a ton of dishes, mind you). I'm sure we will be going back, though to try some more.

We then turned our attention to Pepe Le Moko. First time there. It IS small and dark, but not crowded last night. We shared the Hotel Nationale, which was well-made and well-balanced. And had some quicos (basically homemade corn nuts - great!) and tried 2 sandwiches. I get that they can't make a ton of food, but the sandwiches were out of balance. No filling to speak of, just bread. Charge me more and put some stuff between the bread!! Would not order those again until they fix that.

We then decided to do the frozen Grasshopper. OK, I could have one of these daily (except then I wouldn't be able to fit in the bar eventually).

Really liked the atmosphere. We will go back for bar snacks and drinks again.

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