Hello all...my name is ken gordon, and I'm the chef/owner of ken's place in portland. I found out about this board from calvin trillin (my hero) and have lurked here ever since. my restaurant has been an occasional (mostly positive) subject, which is great, and I appreciate it.
But mostly, I'd really like to contribute once in awhile with restaurant tips, gripes, food ideas, comments, etc. as the spirit moves me. I promise that I'll try my best to only comment on things unrelated directly with my restaurant, or close competitors - though I truly believe that when it comes to good food, there really is no such thing as competition, much like with art and music (though I don't consider food an artform, though that's another subject of discussion entirely). I think those who know me will know I'm good to my word, and can also make some valuable contributions.
If anyone has an objection to my being here, I'll certainly consider it when proceeding with contributions. But I promise not to advertise here, or attempt to use this as a forum of self-promotion.
I'm well known in the food community in Portland, but am seen as somewhat of a maverick (some might cnsider that kind) and am known for honesty and pulling no punches.
Speaking of which, I had an evening out last Monday with my daughter, and took her to Andina, this year's Oregonian Restaurant of the Year. Very busy, very pretty and well prepared fod that had all the elements except flavor. The emperor definitely had no clothes. We ordered 4 tapas, a seviche, a main course and 2 desserts, and not one dish was worthy of a "yum."
Nothing was bad, mind you, just nothing exceptional. It seemed as though they were preparing everything for American palates. Very disappointing, especially at $75.00 plus tip. Didn't stop the tourists, though - they were packed.