le pigeon or simpatica?
coming to portland from out of town...wondering which is better? any other suggestions?
we will be dining with a chef from boston.
They're both very good. A couple things to consider about each, though: 1) Le Pigeon often has lines and does not take reservations; 2) Simpatica often sells out their dinners ahead of time, either because of their popularity or because they have a company or whatever reserving the whole place, 3) Simpatica has a set menu without choices and is only open for dinner Friday and Saturday nights. 4) You'll get more food per dollar at Simpatica.
I think that SImpatica is booked for the month of December, with exception to the Sunday Brunch. You may want to check into this.
I love what both do, but Simpatica is not a restuarant. They have set fixed price dinners that happen twice a week and can very greatly in cuisine. Not that that is a bad thing, but it is not the same as going to a place like Le Pigeon (which I highly recommend) and being able to order what ever strikes your mood.
Either way, you will be happy.
I like Simpatica but sometimes I don't feel like passing around the family-style dish and pretend that I only eat modest portions so that others at the communal table will have enough to go around.
Le Pigeon is very good. A good way to beat the line is to go early. They open at 5 PM, I believe.
Not all Simpatica dinners are served family style. Some are and some are not. I have had more dinners there that were not served family-style than those that were, actually. They'll probably be able to tell you before you make a reservation, if you ask...
I agree about going early to places around Portland. There's rarely a wait before 6pm at MOST places.