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Dec 31, 2006 08:22 PM

[PDX] Lovely Hula Hands

Had an exceptionally nice meal at Lovely Hula Hands last night. This place was on my list to try for a long time and I finally made it over into their new location [4057 N Mississippi. 503.445.9910]

While the menu changes regularly, here is what we had; all of which were excellent:
- Pureed cauliflower soup with curry spiced yogurt.
- Radicchio salad with pear butter vinaigrette, candied pecans and brie.
- Shrimp, blood orange and avocado salad with marash pepper.
- Braised chicken with roasted fennel, cippolini onion, and winter squash bread salad.
- Meyer lemon and bittersweet chocolate tart with crème fraiche

Their new location is warm an cozy (2 levels in a small house) and the new chef (about 5 weeks I am told) seems to be doing a great job with local seasonal ingredients.

It was refreshing to enjoy excellent food with fresh ingredients at very reasonable prices and warm yet professional service. The menu changes regularly. None of the entries exceeded $19; starters range $6 to $9, desserts $7, wines mostly in the mid twenties with glasses $6.50 to $7.00. (And the tap water bottle is placed on the table without the ritual of “what kind of fancy water can we $$$ hit you with?” that is getting to be a bit tiresome in some places around town.)

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  1. When LHH is good, it is very, very good. However, I have found them to be a tad unreliable. Still among my top recs, though I have not been there since the move. Speaking of tiresome -- do they still have a "no rezzies" policy?

    1. Purefog, since they've entirely changed chefs you might want to give them a new try. I'd like to hear your before and after opinion. I haven't had a chance yet, but I was never impressed by the previous incarnation.

      1. Went there last night. Didn't take notes and don't have the menu in front of me, so cannot be specific. Everything we had was tasty, but there seemed to be a little trouble with timing; i.e., dishes sat for varying lengths of time before coming to the table, and were thus different temps. Also, the service -- though pleasant and friendly -- was (I thought) insufficiently attentive. On a surreal note: there were small bread plates, but no bread ever arrived. I asked about this as the plates were cleared, and was told that they don't *serve* bread; those plates were for sharing dishes for those who might be so inclined. Uh, okay. (I like the place, and I liked the old place, so, e-msg, I may not be much guidance for you.)

        1. Thought the old incarnation was just so-so. Service was a little spacey. Maybe I'll try it again. Maybe not.

          1. Thanks. This is a frustrating food town some times.

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