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[PDX] La Villa: Lebanese and Brazilian...

extramsg | Mar 9, 200510:53 PM     2

After the discussions here about Butikim and La Villa, I decided to check out the latter. The menu is currently Lebanese only. However, they have a daily lunch special for $7 that's Brazilian and one that's Lebanese. They charged me about $10 for the Brazilian special for dinner. Not sure if they give more food. Here were the two specials:

* Brazilian: Black beans, rice, potato salad, carne assada.
* Lebanese: Hummus, rice, salad, falafel, chicken or kofta.

The Saturday buffet isn't every weekend. It's only the first Saturday of the month. Apparently it gets very busy.

They're remodeling, but still open, and expect to be done before the next Brazilian buffet.

The food was enjoyable. I got the special, as I said, and got my wife a vegetarian plate with hummus, baba, grape leaves, and spinach pie. The hummus, grape leaves, and spinach pie (fresh out of the oven with a slightly spicy interior) were all tasty, but the baba was overly smoky, like they had added liquid smoke. Reminded me of Ya Hala's, which I don't like. Nothing special, but worth getting if you go with someone, like my wife, who isn't interested in Brazilian.

The carne assada was a steak-thick piece of beef braised until tender. It had a nice flavor and seasoning. It was covered in stewed potatoes. The beans were quite good. Creamy and somewhat mashed with the occasional bits of shredded beef. The rice was an aromatic basmati, fragrant. I suspect they use the same rice for Lebanese and Brazilian dishes. The potato salad was okay.

I'm eager to try their buffet. I'll make every effort to be there for their next one.

Link: http://www.extramsg.com

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