I've been wanting to get back to Noble Rot ever since the very first Portland Food Group Laurelhurst Small Plates Crawl (which I would have provided a link to here, but Nick has futzed with the site, I see). I had an opportunity this past Saturday.
My dining companions and I like wine a lot, especially reds and we like to enjoy good pairings with interesting food. So I brought my friends to Noble Rot where we could enjoy some flights with rounds of small plates and have some fun. Always a fan of getting an early start (and not loving crowds much), at 6:30/7pm we were seated without a problem in one of the more comfortable booths in front. Some of the old chairs at the back tables can be a bit uncomfy...even after lots of wine.
We started with different flights - a local pinot, southern Rhone, and a Moueix flight (ending with the Dominus). And then we all had a Moueix flight and then we had a full glass of the Dominus to top it all off and savor before we left. Lots of good wine on the table there, folks. My friend was grooving on the idea that he could have 3 glasses of wine in front of him in a restaurant and no one was going to mock him.
Along with the fabulous wines, we ordered many dishes in 2-3 rounds: almonds; a cured meat plate; rare slices of steak with a vinegary veggie slaw; 'head, shoulders, knees and toes' - a great pork terrine that's sliced, breaded and sauteed with a frisee and bacon salad; shrimp, scallops and clams in a fennel and leek broth with potatoes; braised short rib with mashed potatoes; macaroni and cheese; some lamb dish; tagliatelle with a veal ragout...I think that's it. ;o)
Plates are small with a few bites to savor and we shared everything. It was so much fun tasting each plate with a sip of the various wines in front of you and finding the best pairing. The favorites of the night were: 'head, shoulders, knees and toes'; mac and cheese; short rib; and the seafood broth dish but everything was very good - these just stood out. It was an interesting and lively dinner with all the plates and the sharing...and yeah, the wine, too.
They sell wine and have some great stuff there at not bad prices. If you want to buy a bottle from their shelves to have with dinner, they'll pour it for an additional $7. They also do some fun events with winemakers from time to time.
Though I have heard that the Apples Carl Sagan is a tasty Noble Rot dessert, we decided to move on to Pix Patisserie for dessert...which is my next post...