We met some friends for dinner this evening at Laslow's Northwest in Portland's Nob Hill district. Despite the restaurant being somewhat empty for a Saturday night, and no feedback from Chowhounders on this board, we had a very satisfying experience.
Appetizers included crab cakes in a pumpkin / horseradish oil reduction - generous with crab meat and pumpkin mousse - and a marinated octopus and potato salad over fresh arugula.
For entrees, we tried flat-iron steak served over mashed potatoes, sauteed Maine scallops, and a fresh pasta with duck confit - all wonderful.
Wine prices were reasonable by the bottle - $29 for a 2000 Quattro Zinfandel from Sonoma - fruity with less spice which made it suitable for meat, fowl and seafood dishes.
Ambience was warm and service was courteous. We enjoyed a three-hour dinner, and our server was happy to time the courses to accomodate us. (Not a problem because the restaurant was so quiet.)
Laslow's is in an old house just off 23rd Ave NW that is painted in a variety of warm tones. We chose to eat in the more casual downstairs "bistro", as opposed to the more formal upstairs restaurant. We ordered off the upstairs menu, although a more casual bistro menu is also available downstairs.
Overall a nice experience that we would recommend to others.