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(PDX) Comments on Savoy!?

Eva b | Sep 19, 200501:11 PM

I haven't read much about this place on the board (and the "find" feature seems not to be working, at least on my computer), so am wondering what others think?

Here's my experience:

I went to Savoy (on Clinton in former La Cruda digs) Friday night and liked it a lot. Food was simple but imaginative, tasty, and well executed. I liked the relatively small menu (number of dishes offered, not paper size!) and because main courses come with choice of "sides," I feel like a party of 2 got to taste lots of different aspects of what the kitchen has to offer.

We tried:
smoked fish "starter"--good lightly smoked salmon, consistency of gravlax, served on a crisp rye cracker w/horseradish & mustard dollops on the side. Pickled red onion and cornichons garnish. Sometimes you get trout instead of salmon (another friend of mine had trout when he ate there, the menu lists "salmon or trout")

Waldorf salad--halved red grapes, thick chunks of apple, celery, walnuts. I've never really had this American classic so can't comment beyond saying that the various elements were good. Apple was probably the weak link, a bit bland. Good mayo-type dressing, not sweet, thick, or copiously applied.

Pan fried trout fillet w/lemon/caper--very good! Light, refreshing, nice balance maintained between piquant sauce and the mild trout. Not over cooked!

Pan seared skirt steak--perfectly cooked, still rare inside, yummy deglaze sauce, decadent butter mixed with ??? a not-hot pepper puree maybe, on top of steak.

Sides: bright green leafy greens; glazed carrots which managed to be both seared and caramely AND firm but not crunchy (al dente?!); mac 'n' cheese which is a zesty version w/mustard.

Food here is EXTREMELY reasonable in price, especially given the quality of the preparations. I think the steak might have been the most expensive item on the menu at $13 w/the two sides. The starters and salads were in the $4-7 range as I remember. Alcohol (full bar) is more spendy but basically the same as most other places in town. The wine list is small but interesting.

Also worth mentioning--all staff we encountered (host, bar tender, wait person) were both friendly and professional!!! I've been getting cranky lately (probably an advancing age thing) with the prevalent lack of one quality or the other, so this aspect of the experience really added to my enjoyment of the place.

Maybe not worth mentioning but I will anyway--all menu items are described clearly in english with most ingredients listed! Music a bit too loud for my taste, but it was late, and I am something of a music curmudgeon anyway.


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