Alberta Street Oyster Bar & Grill
Just tried this place out on Sat. night. My wife and I opted for the 5 course tasting menu ($50). You can pair it with wine flights for $20 more, but we passed so as not to end up with a DUI.
Anyway, it was really great, 4 of the 5 dishes were outstanding, the other was fair. The last course was oxtail with Gnocchi, topped with sturgeon topped with a sweetbread!
I'd go again, nice atmosphere. Anyone else been there?
We went there with a group of friends for my wife's 30th birthday. It was a fantastic meal, and I think that I may be able to classify it on my personal shortlist of Portland favorites (others on my list are Park Kitchen, Paley's and Higgins) after a visit or two more.
I opted to start with a mix of fresh oysters, and then had 3 small plates. I had the following...
Spicy Watermelon Gazpacho with Dungeness Crab, Avocado and Fried Green Tomato... Great balance of flavors -- awesome dish.
Salmon Tartare with salt Roasted Beets, Blood Orange, Cucumbers and Dill... Also great balance -- the texture of the salmon was a bit odd to me personally, but I'd probably order it again.
Seared Foie Gras with Mission Figs, Onion Confit and Ice Wine Vinegar. This was the standout dish for me... Rich, but not too rich... tasty.
Some of the folks at our table did the Pan Roasted Halibut, Potato Gnocchi, Chanterelles, Crispy Leeks and Golden Raisin Sauce, which I tried and wished I had ordered, too.
Service was excellent... Struck the right balance between being casual and attentive. We didn't feel rushed, nor did we feel neglected in our 2 1/2 hours there.
The only thing I fault them for are desserts. There have been unacceptable problems with every dessert I've had there. And unfortunately, they're the kind of problems that can't be rectified without having someone who recognizes they are problems when they're making the dishes. But the savory items tend to be mostly interesting and tasty with an occasional real winner.