Our first stop after an eleven hour car ride and a couple of stops at Mickey D's landed us at our first dinner spot in Portland, OR, Park Kitchen.
First of all,I love the location of this place, across the street from a small city park. It's located in the Pearl District. It was not too busy for a Thurs. night and we were seated in the back,near the open kitchen which was a fun addition. All of the chefs in bright colored shirts.
Upon the recommendation of this board,I was expecting wonderful things and was NOT disappointed. I started with the spinach soup with egg salad croutons. The description on the menu really doesn't do it justice, this soup was to die for. With no cream, DH asked for the recipe. We shared this and savored every bit.
We couldn't decide on an app to share,so we ordered two. I had the aartichoke, dungeness crab and tarragon cold plate that was delicious. Mainly a lot of fresh, fresh crab flavors that I really enjoyed. DH decided on the flank steak with blue cheese, parsley and sherried onions which he said was one of the best apps he's ever had and thanked me for finding this little gem of a place!
For my entree I chose the crisp skin black cod with spring onions, sesame and radishes that was excellent.I don't order cod too often and this was prepared very,very nicely. :)
DH chose the blood orange glazed duck with olives and corona beans which he really enjoyed. The waiter suggested that I have a white wine with my cod and I chose a nice crisp Sauv Blanc from New Zealand that was very good.
For dessert, we shared the chocolate malt cake with praline ice cream. It was decadent and very good. The perfect finish to a wonderful meal. Thanks to all of you for suggesting Park Kitchen, we will definitely return. Cheers! ***kim***