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[PDX] Report: Applewood in Vancouver...

Nick | Apr 27, 200312:09 AM    

Surprisingly decent for a place located in a small strip mall sharing a parking lot with a Hollywood Video and a place selling bongs.

They give you what is probably a house-made sourdough with whipped butter and white bean spread. A nice touch.

My wife had the breaded goated cheese with bruschetta for an appetizer and I had the mushroom pot-stickers. Both were good and only $5. Hers came with some greens. The goat cheese was good quality and had a nice crust on it. Mine came with a soy/ginger sauce. It was mushroomy and went well with the sauce.

Our entrees came with soup or salad. My wife got the salad, just a simple mix of various greens with some slices of sweet peppers and other vegetables. I got the soup, a honey-ginger carrot soup. It was good, though maybe a little heavy on the honey and ginger. The carrot mostly added color and thickness rather than flavor. But I liked it.

For entrees, my wife got the pecan encrusted catfish in chipotle sauce with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus. I got the grilled pork loin with a ginger sauce as well with rice and asparagus. Each was $18. The catfish was good, not fishy at all. The chipotle sauce was a decent cooked salsa, nothing too special if you're an avid Mexican diner. The asparagus and potatoes were accented with lemon which was nice. The pork was cooked nicely and was pretty tender, not truly fork tender, but not chewy at all. They gave two fairly sizable pieces of meat. Probably 10 or 12 ozs. The asparagus was nice and cooked perfectly.

For dessert we shared the carrot cake. A little dry, but decent.

The service is attentive, though some seem to be a little less .... sophisticated than at places in Portland, making jokes that are a little out of place, and that sort of thing. A little more appropriate for an Elmer's than this place, maybe. But they're nice and always fill your water and get the dishes out promptly. The prices on the entrees may be a little high, but not bad. It's hard to find places with entrees under $15 when they're serving salmon, pork loin, lamb, etc. It's not that far off in quality from places like Lucy's Table or Cafe de Amis. Maybe even equal in many ways. And there's nothing in its caliber in Vancouver. Beaches would be closest. Also, they did give good sized servings.

So try it if you get a chance. They also have lunch (and sometimes breakfast, I think), do catering, and have cooking classes.

Link: http://home.attbi.com/~applewood1/res...

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