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Changes at Casanis...

Marshall Manning | Jun 7, 200411:13 AM

When Casanis first opened, Carolyn and I enjoyed it for its French bistro food and thought that the all three course, fixed price menu was a good idea and a good bargain to boot. We hadn't been there in nearly 6 months, though, and stopped in for dinner Saturday night. Unfortunately they've discontinued the three course fixed price menu, and the items are now priced like a normal menu except for one fixed price, three course special per night. While still not expensive by Portland standards, it did seem to take a little value out of dining there. We also noticed a change in direction in the menu. While my pate appetizer and duck confit were typical French bistro items, Carolyn's mussels had almost an Asian flavor, with ginger and soy sauce in the broth, while her rabbit, had more of an Italian/Greek leaning with lots of chopped peppers and olives. The mussels were excellent, although the flavors weren't what she was expecting (she was craving the old "Mussels Maison"), and the rabbit was a bit dry. My dishes were both very good, but at the end of the meal we were both thinking that with the end of the three course dinner and changes in the menu, that Carafe not only represents the French bistro at a lower cost, but also at a higher quality.


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