Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Portobello Vegan Trattoria

Portobello, 1125 SE Division St. Portland, Oregon, 97202

 Portobello Vegan Trattoria is one of the best vegan restaurants at which I've eaten.  It is a farm to table restaurant that changes the menu seasonal, relying on the vegetables grown in the Pacific Northwest. Rather than processed meat and dairy substitutes they create with vegetables and nuts for healthy and flavorful meals, like this amazing Bistro Beet Burger.
 But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Come hungry because you are going to want to try it all, starting with an amazing array of appetizers. You can check out their ever changing menu on their website and if they have it, make sure to try the Beet Tartare with cashew cheese. A creamy sweet and tangy spread with a rustic baguette.
 For dinner I recommend either the seasonal and fresh Potato Gnocchi, oh so good, 
 or Portobello's classic  Portobello Steak. A wonderfully meaty mushroom perfectly balanced to the changing accompaniments.
 Now, most importantly, DO NOT LEAVE WITHOUT DESSERT. I have never had dessert like Portobello's. It defies the unfortunate vegan standards for dense, heavy desserts with the impossibly airy Chocolate Mousse, mouth-watering good Salted Caramel Ice Cream, and jaw-dropping, plate-liking, tear-jerking, so-good-I-think-I'll -order-another-piece Tiramisu. Seriously, if you don't live in Portland, come and visit just for the Tiramisu.

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