Little Bird Bistro – Mouthwatering French Comfort Food

Little Bird Bistro – Portland Downtown – French Cuisine

Food Persuasion Rating: 4/5
Cuisine Type: French
Location: Portland, OR

Little Bird Bistro
Little Bird Bistro

This restaurant received so much hype, it’s Portland’s hotspot restaurant. We went on a Saturday night, it was a packed house, reservations recommended. The atmosphere was charming and cozy and service was friendly and warm.

Now the Food..

Starting with the charcuterie plate Features changes daily. Pork rillettte and pickled onions, pistachio truffle sausage and potato salad, foie gras brulee and apricot jam, oxtail terrine and onion jam, duck terrine and pickled cherries. The foie gras brulee was amazing! I could eat a soup bowl of it. 4.5/5

charcuterie plate
charcuterie plate

Duck confit, creamed corn, roasted mushroom, very good. It’s a filling and heavy dish so be warned 4/5

duck confit
duck confit

Roasted lamb ribs, grilled cucumber salad herbed yogurt appetizer. Although the portion size was of an entree 3.5/5 for the food but, for the value 4/5.

Roasted Lamb
Roasted Lamb

Smoked trout with almond purée. We were not a fan of the deep fried smoked trout balls. The fish itself was mashed. 2/5

Potato bacon fromage side 4/5. nice smokey flavor. everything was balanced

potato bacon fromage
potato bacon fromage

Roasted short rib, bordelaise, horse radish- sliced once and the whole
thing just fell apart. it was so tender. This was by far our favourite dish throughout our entire trip. 5/5

short ribs
short ribs

Spinach & cream & almond, this was reordered, the first batch had an overload of sodium to the point that it tasted bitter. The second order came out perfectly, it was smooth creamy and all together very good.  3.5/5

spinach and cream and almonds
spinach and cream and almonds

Steak, the flavour was there but the cut of the meat was too chewy.  2/5

Steak
Steak

Stump grounds coffee, a local Portland coffee brand. It was too watered down. 2/5

Sorbet & ice-cream samplers. this was amazing. i would definitely order this again  4.5/5

sorbet & icecream

Complimentary pistachio madelines, who can complain, this was good.

madellines

 

 

 

 

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Gastronomically Stunning – Kitsilano Daily Kitchen

Food Persuasion level : [rating=5]
Value: [rating=3]
Service : [rating=3]
Ambiance: [rating=5]
Price: $$$
Cuisine: West Coast Restaurant
Location: Kitsilano, Vancouver BC
Kitsilano Daily Kitchen Menu

Local celebrity chef Brian Fowke, previous chef at Rare Restaurant, delivers gastronomically stunning dishes at his new restaurant Kitsilano Daily Kitchen. He takes the revolution of “fresh and local produce” to the next level, visiting farms throughout BC and individually purchasing ingredients that will be cooked up in the next few days.

The menu is different every day, depending on what his fresh purchases of the day are, the menu gets posed on the website at around 4PM everyday.

Now the Food..

Starting off with the welcome dish aka amuse-bouche , fanny bay oysters in a light wine broth top with beans, pine nuts and cilantro. It was a nice starter, very lightly salted and with a hint of sweetness, that’s what you get when they are fresh!

Our Appetizer, which was divided into two plates, so portion size in the picture is halved. Sweetbread Veal  Spaghetti – $12, Sweetbread, not bread, the pancreas or thymus of in this case a calf, cooked in roma tomatoes sauce  and basil. The sweetbread was crispy on the outside and very creamy inside.

Veal Sweetbread Spaghetti - Kitsilano Daily

We ordered to share the Tri daily- $45, the best value and perfect way to explore the menu, with 3 entrees.

We happily dug into the Dry Aged Steak & Spot Prawns, over a bed of beets and potatoes, topped with rosemary butter sauce. The earthiness of the beet mixed nicely with the potatoes combined with a hint of tarragon.

Tri-Daily - Kitsilano Daily Kitchen

The Mixed Seafood Grill, Prawns, sockeye, sable fish, king crab in lemon butter, although very satisfying but, not quite up to par as the other dishes. The coleslaw like salad, fennel with a hint of orange, was refreshing.

The Star Dishes…

Our runner up the Tenderloin of Pemberton, freshly purchased in a farm you guessed it, in Pemberton over truffle mash and duck gravy. Lordy, the tenderloin was perfection, I kept on thinking, so this is what fresh meat tastes like?!? With TRUFFLE and Duck Gravy , I thought I was in heaven but alas, this Is only the prequel.

This gastronomically brilliant, rustic Pork & Beans dish stole the show. Pork Belly in a maple-tomato sauce with white Canadian beans gave me a delicious high. I am not only persuaded but, in love.

Pork & Bean - Kitsilano Daily

1809 W 1st Ave
(604) 569-2741

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