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Portland Dining report (NW) - Bluehour & Overton Bakery

Patrick | Dec 12, 200205:44 PM

Hi all.

Just back from another trip to NW Portland and had a couple new dining experiences.

First night I decided to venture down to the Pearl and ate at Bluehour. Very trendy, probably too cool for me (surprised they even let me in lol), and the music has got to go . . . but the food was great! Started with a cauliflower soup with truffle oil and parmesan. Very silky and luxurious but still some nice texture. Warming. Then had venison ravioli with golden raisins and pine nuts in a mushroom sauce. This was a great dish - the venison was minced but the pine nuts and raisins were more whole, so the ravioli stuffing was both smooth and chunky, and the pasta was perfect. They used dried porcini, I believe, for the olive-oil heavy sauce, but the overal combination was great. I finished with their seared scallops in bacon on a celery root puree with caper sauce. The scallops were barely rare, which ordinarily is fine with me ... but the combination of the sour capers and slightly bitter root over-accentuated the rawness of the scallops. I would have liked the dish with them more done, as I liked the puree and the capers were fried crisp. I only ate two of the three scallops.

Second night I was beat so I did take out from Wildwood's new venture: Overton Bakery. Neat spot, just behind the restaurant with many familiar dishes and a great wine selection. I had a stuffed chicken breast that was just perfect, juicy and crispy and flavored well. Also had mushroom bread pudding that was okay, and some green beans with chantrelles that were good but they gave me a pound! A little garlic bread to go with and I had a nice dinner warmed up in the hotel room. A nice option for locals and visitors alike in that neighborhood.

Great eats to everyone!

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