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Hugo's in Portland: innovative, pricey, and still hungry

sixelagogo | May 24, 200805:32 AM

Went there last night for dinner, though sat at the bar...2 starters, 2 "entrees" 2 signature cocktails, 2 glasses of wine and 118$ (without tip) later, my dude and i looked at each other and said "do you wanna get a pizza?"

He: The smoked haddock (finnan haddock) carpachio and fried fishball with sourcream pannacotta and pickeled cucumbers
-Very good, though 3 small pieces of fish, ping pong ball sized fish fry, and die sized pannacotta, we were both wanting for more.

me.: pigs head terriene with fried pigs ears, fried cornichons, and slaw
-Good: Terrine was very meaty (i've never had pigs head before), though kinda tough in some spots (tough enough to need a knife to cut with). Pigs ears, though sounds kinda gross and pickles were my favorite part of the dish. Slaw needed a boost (salt and vinegar) and i sure coulda used a piece of bread, not a biscuit to go along with it.

he: Hanger steak with misuke mushrooms and broccoli
-Ok: underseasoned, though well cooked (medium rare) . 3 small pieces of beef, however, i do not think justify the $23 pricetag

me: artic char with red flannel hash, potato dices and saffron tobasco emulsion
Good: Fish was really good, skin very crisp, but the fish chef seasoned left to right, as the right side of the fish was underseasoned, while the left side was almost overly so. Hash was ok, potatoes were, well, fried potatoes, but the saffron sauce was excellent...only wish there was more.

My dude said his favorite part of the meal was his calvados cocktail sidecar, though my gingery signature drink was not the greatest.

Overall, we were both under-impressed and still hungry and the end of the meal. With all the options in the area, i will not contemplate returning.

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