Departure – Penthouse Lounge With All The Bling

The departure – hotel lounge – The Nines Hotel
Food Persuasion Rating: 3.5/5
Cuisine: Japa Fusion cuisine
Location: Portland OR, Downtown

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This is situated on the top floor of the Nines Hotel.  It really does look like a airport departure point but blinged out.

With the DJ blaring house and hip-hop music and a panoramic view of Portland from their heated patio.

Now the food,

The wings were delicious 4/5

wings

Miso shrimp 3.5/5
miso shrimp

Drinks…
We drank till we dropped. The most memorable moment was when we ordered a round of shots and to our pleasant surprise 1 shot is equivalent to 1.5 shots here.

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Steamworks – A Hit for After Work Drinks

Steamworks Brewing Company – Gastown
Food Persuasion Level : [rating=2]
Value: [rating=3]
Service : [rating=3]
Ambiance: [rating=3]
Price: $$
Cuisine: Pub, Restaurant lounge
Location: Gastown, Downtown Vancouver
www.steamworks.com

Steamworks, popular after work drinking spot. For $15 for a pitcher of Sangria, albeit watered down but for the price it’s a good deal. A pitcher of mojito is just as cheap. The seating was comfortable and the service friendly, all in all a pleasant place to wind down.

Now the food…

Typical pub like fare, the entrees are pub quality, meaning its step above a food court quality. We ordered the curry coconut halibut with pineapple, with a side of snap peas and rice -$22. Fish was fried and probably lightly battered, the oil was an overkill. You can tastes the heaviness of stale oil . The ripe pineapples were definitely from a can.

Curry Salmon
Curry Salmon

Maple glazed salmon filet – $21.49, we all agreed this was the better of the fish dishes. A nice smoky taste, again overcooked, made it chewy.

halibut and tortilla
halibut and tortilla

Veggie burger, portobello mozzarella was decent, the bread was soggy from the sauces. It would have been better if it were toasted. It came with a side of ceasar salad, which was drowned with dressing.

portobello burger
portobello burger

All in all I would go back for the pitchers but as a caution stay away from the entrees.

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