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Jul 24, 2014 09:06 AM

Roe - worth every penny

I know we are late to the party, but we finally made it to Roe last night. We had the 4 course dinner with the caviar supplement (anniversary splurge) and I have to say I was pleasantly shocked at how good it was.

We eat out quite a bit, and it is difficult to surprise us (in a good way). But I was surprised, not by the quality of the ingredients (not hard to get here in PDX), but by the inventiveness of some of the dishes and the level of service. It felt like a tiny Portland version of Le Bernardin. Of course, starting with caviar helps!

So here is a brief rundown of some of the dishes (from my foggy memory, not notes):

Little T's bread with a selection of salts (citrus, bottarga and anise)
Caviar, with the usual accompaniments (but disappointing blini)
Dashi broth with tiny enoki mushrooms
Ceviche of calamari (and maybe shrimp?) in a light sauce with vinegar and thai chilis
White tuna with shaved frozen foie gras and a light truffle ponzu sauce
Lobster with Uni in an uni sauce topped with bits of shrimp toast
Lightly smoked salmon over a corn relish
A slice of perfect Delice over a bed of granola (for lack of a better word) with a tart cherry sorbet - amazing combination.

We opted for the wine pairings (which we rarely do) and they were spot on. The flavor profile of the dishes were all over the place (cevice to uni) and it would have been impossible to choose one bottle of wine that would have worked with all of them.

Obviously, I can't recommend it highly enough. Now excuse me while I go buy my lottery ticket so I can afford to eat there every week (menu changes weekly).

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  1. Thanks for the review. I am also a fan. Are they now open on Wednesday nights, as well? Also, did you happen to notice what the menu options were (a la carte, 4 course, chef's tasting, etc)?

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    1. re: cobpdx

      Yes, they are now open Wednesdays. As far as I know, there is only the 4 course (where you get to choose between 2 dishes for each course), or the chef's menu, which is everything on the 4-course menu (unless I misunderstood the server).

      When we mentioned how we enjoyed the caviar, and how difficult it is to find in Portland, he said they would likely allow us to come in and just have caviar if we called ahead.

      1. re: ekc

        As to caviar in Portland, the new Russian restaurant, Kachka, has an extensive caviar service.