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PDX - Veritable Quandary

SauceSupreme | Jan 21, 2008 09:36 PM

A few friends of mine came into Portland for a conference so I took them to Veritable Quandary near their hotel. We had a great time, and VQ had been on my radar for a while and I'm happy to report that everything was awesome.

For our apps, we split the mushroom soup, the bacon-wrapped dates and the mussels/clams in Thai curry.

For our mains, we ordered the ravioli, the scallops, and the rabbit and pancetta.

For dessert, we shared the souffle.

Bacon-wrapped dates are among favorite app/amuse/hors d'oeuvres, but I actually prefer a hard, salty cheese like parmesan in the dates as opposed to VQ's chevre. The Thai curry drew raves but I actually thought the mushroom soup was the star app. It contained just enough truffle oil to make the soup feel decadent without being hedonistic.

Our mains were all quite good. I thought the rabbit was a tad overdone (I prefer it braised) but the star of that rabbit dish was its accompanying bed of sweet potato and onion. It had a great texture and a wonderful sweetness to it also. IMO it outshone the protein.

For dessert, the souffle was wonderfully light and airy and the chocolate was the bittersweet kind that I prefer. It went well with my snifter of 16 year old Lagavulin single malt scotch.

VQ seems to be popular among the downtown after-work set and I can see why. I'll definitely swing back when the visitors leave to further explore the menu.

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