YES,YES, YES! Had thought about trying this restaurant since it opened, sorry it took so long to get there....last night's dinner shared with a couple of friends was perfection! Started out with good feelings with the very helpful & kind response when I made the reservation...asked about noise levels(husband has a hearing problem, and there are too many places with intolerable noise levels that became a one-night stand, no matter how good the food was). Throughout the meal, our server was a delight, helpful & attentive without hovering, fun, and his suggestions were right on. That was a bonus for sure, but the amazing food was the star....it was hard to choose, but we opted for five appetizers(elk tartare, foie gras torchon, duck egg with fonduta, salt cod fritters, walnut bread)three small plates/charcuterie(wild boar nuggets,rabbit & pork mortadella, pork explosion)one main(chitarra pasta with wild mushrooms), and for dessert, the oil & chocolate & coffee pot de creme. EVERYTHING was toe-curling delicious and beautifully plated, with some surprising combinations of flavors that really worked. From the first eye-rolling bite of the foie gras torchon to fighting over the last morsels of the desserts, it was clear that this was one of the best dining experiences we've had in ages, and not just in Portland. Willamette Week and Oregonian dining guides, this should be a major contender for the next 'Restaurant of the Year"" award!!!!!
Pros: welcoming staff, war, ambiance, delicious food