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PDX - saucebox

Jill-O | Nov 1, 200411:19 AM

A dear friend was in town visiting this weekend and I had an excuse to eat and drink around town a bit.

Friday night was saucebox. I'd been there for happy hour once and knew I had to go back and try a full dinner there. I knew my distinctly upscale friend would love the vibe, the decor, the menu, the waitstaff (he's incorrible, really) etc. My thought that if we could get there by 7/7:30 we wouldn't have to worry about reservations proved true as we walked in and were seated at a table for 2 immediately.

The drinks list is long and varied, and the drinks are tasty and well-crafted. We had drinks made with watermelon-infused vodka and other yummy things to go along with the dim sum pupu platter for two we ordered. The platter included 1 or 2 of most of the appetizers on the menu: sweet potato spring rolls, mushroom wontons, shumai, salmon wontons, salad rolls, tapioca dumplings with 4-5 dipping sauces - all beautifully arranged. Everything was very good on that platter, just depends on what your preferences are.

For entrees I had the Big Eye 'New Wave' Tataki:
furikake seared hawaiian ahi, cucumber namasu, pea shoots, daikon & firecracker tobiko sauce + inari sushi; he had Kauai Crab Cakes: dungeness crab with sake, mirin, cucumber namasu, pea shoots and shichimi,
togarashi sauce + inari sushi. Both were wonderful but I seriously loved my ahi plate. We had a nice Anne Amie (formerly Chateau Benoit) Yamhill pinot with everything.

For dessert we shared a coconut custard with roasted pineapple and a spring roll filled with rice pudding with a heavy dark chocolate dipping sauce. So good. Soooooo very, very good...especially the spring roll with the dipping sauce - creamy, crispy, chocolatey - a great and different dessert.

I'd go back for dinner, I'd go back for happy hour - absolutely. Good stuff here, folks - treat yourself (whether you have the excuse of an out-of-town guest or not) to a nice meal.


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