Every Thursday Ivonne and I set out to uncover hidden gems in the Portland restaurant scene and today we came across a keeper:
3553 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214
(opens at 11am)
This cozy little restaurant doesn't look all that inviting from the outside, but don't let the Hawthorne chic fool you. Shabby French decor coupled with a very inviting smell of freshly cooking food from the open kitchen and comfortable seating made lunch this Thursday very enjoyable.
The menu boasted authentic French cooking as well as the use of cage free, vegetarian fed hens and hormone free meats. The dessert scone which we tried had what had to of been homemade apricot jam because there was no way that it could have come from a commercial jar. It was just that good. They also had homemade custard and nutella but there were so many different things to choose from that there was no way to try everything on the first go.
The crepeI ordered was The Villageoise which was filled with mozzarella, feta, spinach, scallions, avocado and pesto creme fraiche topped off with a fried egg. It was made out of buckwheat flour and was very moist and tasty. I finished the entire thing...
For dessert we decided to splurge and opted to split a crepe filled with apricot jam, toasted almonds and dark chocolate fudge. It was made out of traditional white flour and the jam was full of very large pieces of apricot. While the jam was very sweet the chocolate was a little bitter which, when put together, created a perfect balance of flavors. There were so many tasty sounding crepes on the dessert menu that believe me when I say that it was pretty much a close your eyes and point sort of decision on which one we got. We were not disappointed in the least.
The only semi negative occurrence was the fact that she ordered a salad which was never delivered, but the server more than made up for his error and all in all the service was pretty good.
This will definitely be a place that I will be trying again :)