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[PDX]Noble Rot, Nuestra Cocina, Navarre

Kristi | Dec 20, 200405:28 PM

I went out with a couple of friends Saturday night and we decided to check out a few places.

Noble Rot
There is a bar area and a back sitting room. We started out in the bar area and it is dimly lit and noisy but I didn't think it was too loud. There is a long bar and a number of booths. I would have loved a booth but they were very busy so we ended up at a small bar table near the windows. Then we headed to the back room so we would have more room for our food and it is a small, cozy room.

I had the onion tart and it was fabulous. The onions were perfectly carmelized and the crust was flaky and buttery. Along with it I had a flight of sangiovese wines that was quite good. One of my friends had the butternut squash, goat cheese, and carmelized onion panini. This was also wonderful because it was a perfect combination of flavors. It was funny that the sandwich was served with what appeared to be Ruffles potato chips. While they weren't bad, I would have expected something a little different like a small salad. I loved the onion tart and the panini and I will definitely go back because a lot of other things on the menu looked very interesting but I knew we had other places to go.

Nuestra Cocina
The kitchen here is right out in the open and we sat at the bar so we could watch them cook. From the time we ordered it only took about 3 minutes to get our first item even though they were kind of busy. They start you with homemade tortillas and salsa and the tortillas are made fresh and so good. We then split 3 appetizers and an entree among the 3 of us.

We started with pork tacos. There were 3 tacos and they were on the homemade tortillas and the pork was tender and delicious. Then we had the sopes which are crisp corn cakes with beans and chorizo. They were crunchy with a touch of spice and very good. We also had a pork chile relleno that had the same wonderful, tender pork as in the tacos. It also had raisins, almonds, cinnamon, and a touch of spice to it. There were so many flavors going on and this was one of my favorite dishes. I also loved all of the different textures. Our final thing was a meatball soup with root vegetables and mint. The meatballs were good and the soup had the perfect amount of mint to make it ineresting but not overpowering. While this wasn't my favorite dish it was quite good. The flavors were not as intense as in the other dishes.

I was driving so I didn't have a drink here, but my friends has margaritas and they were delicious. No mixer here, it was the real deal! I would love to go back in the summer when the patio is open and enjoy a margarita outside. I will be coming back here. The food was fantastic. Plus, all that food only cost the 3 of us $27 (not including drinks) and we were stuffed.

This was our final stop and I would have loved to eat but I was stuffed so I only had a glass of sparkling rose. They have a wonderful wine list with lots of choices within every price range. The food also looked very good. From the looks of it this would probably be the kind of place I would go for appetizers before dinner.

Well, as you can see it was a fun night. I would have loved to try some other places in the area but I couldn't eat another bite. I did later realize that we weren't far from Pix and I wish we would have gone there. I always have room for dessert. Oh well, maybe next time.


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