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Aug 9, 2011 05:53 PM

Chef Tasting Suggestions

Hello my boyfriend and I are heading to PDX for 5 days next week. After many hours of reading menus and recommendations from this board we have decided to do dinners at the Andina, possibly Clyde Common, Metrovino, Tasty N Sons ( or maybe Toro Bravo), and Ping. However, I am still looking to finding a great Chefs Tasting menu as perhaps our final big meal... We are intrigued by by Costagna' s offerings but a little unsure about spending the $150 per person price. Any suggestions that might be closer to the $100 pp range?

Clyde Common
1014 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205

Andina Restaurant
1314 NW Glisan, Portland, OR 97209

Toro Bravo
120 NE Russell St Ste A, Portland, OR 97212

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  1. It's been a while since we've been, but Park Kitchen used to do an absolutely brilliant tasting dinner. Might check them out. Does anyone have a more recent experience there to relate?

    Park Kitchen
    422 NW 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

    1. Not exactly chef's tasting menu, as only one menu is offered per evening (substitutions politely declined), but have you thought about Beast? I believe it's $60 without wine pairings.

      1. Depends on where you are visiting from but one of my favorite restaurants in town is Acadia. It serves the best cajun I've had outside of New Orleans.

        Also depends on where you are coming from, but the Izakaya from Syun is great. Syun is located in a suburb Hillsboro. Izakaya cant compare to the ones I had in Japan or Vancouver, but it can certainly compete the best places in NYC, Chicago, and LA. They do not specialize in Sushi, so if you come here dont need to get it. It's not bad but you can find better sushi in town.

        Le pigeon, is also a great choice for French bistro ( my favorite one in town)

        Pho Vann for vietmanese (get the cat fish platter) it's unique, authentic and fun. For less than $50 you can feast like royalty. I've been to tank noodles in chicago which menu had over 200 authentic vietmanese dishes and they did not have this.

        Pok pok is also worth doing. They serve authentic Thai there even though the chef is American. The portions are small so you might want to order 3 dishes for 2.

        All of these are well within your budget. There are places where you can pay close to $100 pp, but it might not be as satisfying or fun.

        1. I second Beast, although it should be noted that the entire restaurant is communal dining. More rustic and homey than "fine dining" but the flavors are there.