Thursday, July 03, 2014

Portland's CABEZON is cute and the cuisine is cooking (7-2-14)

For our second night in Portland, we chose a place that has gotten rave reviews for its superb seafood, and we asked a friend of ours, who owns one of Oregon's top wineries to join us. It was a very memorable evening. for the four of us from start to finish.
CABEZON ( is about 10 minutes from downtown with no traffic in the Hollywood neighborhood; it is unassuming and would probably go unnoticed by most. We were greeted by owner Jackie upon arrival and then had the tough decisions to make when we saw the menus. Drinks here are fun and I loved my Crater Lake Oregon-made vodka martini with Shaft's Bleu cheese stuffed olives that were divine.
Our starters were tasty Chive BLINIS with TROUT Caviar & Crème Fraiche, a huge ROMAINE & Radicchio CAESAR Salad with Garlic Croutons & GRan Padano and the easy winner
SAVORY CLAMS with Borlotti BEANS, Spanish CHORIZO, fries and Rouille. This is a huge dish and must be shared or could be a main course. The sauce at the bottom is thick and rich from the beans and the fries and rouille that top the dish are the icing on the tasty little clams. It's a brilliant creation.

Main courses were all excellent from the Local LING COD with fava bean succotash, cauliflower, Walla Walla Onion Rings and creamy Dill Sauce. The fish was tender, the veggies local and the amazing sweet and salty onion rings have to be the best on earth.
Cioppino with white gulf Shrimp, local fish, Dungeness crab, clams, mussels and calamari has everything for everyone
and my Pan roasted troll KING SALMON with grilled Chicories, beets, snow peas and pea-pistachio sauce was an amazingly flavorful local Oregon salmon and the sauce was a gorgeous treat with local fresh peas.

Maker's Mark whiskey Ice Cream Profiteroles with Chocolate Sauce & Candied Hazelnuts is a great dessert for whiskey/profiterole lovers and the crunchy nuts are a treat. Callebaut Belgian Chocolate Pot de Crème is properly chocolatey and creamy and rich.
A bottle of Elio Perrone Moscato d'Asti "Sourgal" 2012 was a nice palate cleanser before we headed home from a wonderful evening with old friends and superb food.
Janessa our server was also great; sweet, considerate, and always there with anything we needed....
I have to mention the adorable glass jellyfish light fixtures at the bar (very Chihouly) and the sink in the WC which is hammered metal with cool fish design.
Cabezon, by the way, is a Pacific coastal predatory Scorpion fish-or-Spanish for "stubborn & bullheaded," which this place definitely is NOT!