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May 29, 2011 02:52 PM

Laurelhurst Market and Veritable Quandry

We were in town for our son's graduation and celebrated that evening at Laurelhurst Market. It was the second time we'd been there. We were a party of nine.

We had a few orders of salt cod fritters and the large charcuterie plate for appetizers. Very yummy. Most had the daily steak selection. A couple had the clams/frites. All was delicious. The steak was amazing. Service was very good.

There are 2 things that the Laurelhurst can improve on:

1. Their wine list. I just haven't been happy with it both times. The quality of the selections don't match the quality of the food.

2. Serve sparkling wine in flutes. We ordered the prosecco, which was on the wine list, but they were out. So we had the cava. The cava was very tasty but would have been even more so had it been served in flutes rather than the wide flat champagne glasses.

We also had a dinner at Veritable Quandry. Not mentioned much on this board, and not my choice, so I felt a bit of trepidation. However, found the food to be delicious and well-prepared. People ordered everything from a vegetarian plate to osso buco. The wine list was excellent. I ordered a Patricia Green 2008 pinot noir. Delicious and well priced! Ambience was very pleasant. We had a view of the river. I would go back to VQ - I hear it has a great brunch on Sundays.

Laurelhurst Market
3155 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97232

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  1. I've requested a regular wine glass when ordering sparkling wine there and have been accommodated. I agree, coupe glasses are for champagne cocktails, sparkling wine should be served in flutes.

    In general, I find the cocktails there to be top notch, but I do not go there expecting to find great wine. Probably the only reason I haven't been disappointed... ;o)

    Food wise, of the very best in town.

    4 Replies
    1. re: JillO

      When you serve steak like that, you should have a better wine list. Lots of great, well-priced wine around.

      1. re: desert rat

        I do not disagree, I just have adjusted my expectations.

        If you want a great steak and a great wine list, I'd go to Nostrana for the awesome Bistecca alla Fiorentina (a huge 2", 1 kilo porterhouse - a freakin' steal at $60). Lots of other great stuff there too.

        1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

        1. re: JillO

          Thanks for the suggestion. .Nostrana has been on my PDX list for a while. Next visit.

          1. re: desert rat

            Lots of local food and wine (including events) coverage here, too: