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Laurelhurst Market – Portland, OR

On a quick trip down to Portland I did a little restaurant research without any suggestions and stumbled upon Laurelhurst Market.  GREAT choice!!!  It’s got that neighborhood feel all the while being super current and hip!  Everything we ate was divine.  Not one morsel was left on the plate.  And because there were 6 of us we were able to order a lot of shared plates to get a better idea of what this place has to offer.

We started with the charcuterie plate which was a must considering they have their own butcher shop attached to the restaurant.  Wow…that’s all I’ve got to say:)  Next were the deviled eggs topped with pork belly.  Really?!  I think we all could have eaten a lot of those:)  There was some mac & cheese, fried cauliflower (amazing!), steaks, fish and then dulce de leche cheesecake to finish…whoa!

If I were back in Portland I would definitely want to go here soon and I would feel very confident recommending this spot to anyone!

Charcuterie Plate

Steak Tartare – vodka, chives, shallot, farm yolk

Marrow Bones – toasted soft pretzel, pickled mustard seeds

Deviled “Dancing Chicken Farm” Eggs – braised tasso ham, pickled fennel

Shrimp & Grits – griddled scrapple, gulf shrimp, cauliflower chow chow, spring shoots salad

Queets River Steelhead

Mac & Cheese with Tim’s Chip Crust

Braised Local Kale with Housemade Bacon

Fried Cauliflower with Parsley, Lemon & Caper – on cauliflower puree

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

Rockpool Bar & Grill – Sydney, Australia

There are two Rockpool’s in Sydney, the original Rockpool near the Rocks and then Rockpool Bar & Grill located in the old City Mutual Life Building.  We went to the Bar & Grill as per a suggestion and I can see why.  The building itself is stunning, complete with tall ceilings with marble columns, it definitely makes a statement when you walk in.  The bar is lively and a great place to grab a drink before dinner.

Our meal was so satisfying from start to finish.   The tuna tartare was incredible and so unique mostly due to the ingredients used.  The eggplant, cumin and harissa were so genius and new to me…I loved it!  I only wish there was a Rockpool near me so I could go and get that dish more often.  It made an otherwise light dish taste a little meatier.  Get it if you go!

Another standout dish was the side we ordered – oven roast pumpkin and sweet potato with garlic yogurt and burnt butter…YUMMMMM!!!!  I’m definitely going to try and recreate this at home.  The portion was huge otherwise I probably would have eaten the whole plate.

The menu is quite large and as daunting as it might be to narrow down your selections I’m under the impression (due to our order and fabulous meal) that you can’t make a bad choice here.  A dish that a few people recommended that we didn’t order was the potato and cabbage gratin.  Sounds interesting!

Butter lettuce, cherry tomato, avocado, and jalapeño chili salad

Yellow Fin tuna tartare, Moroccan eggplant, cumin mayonnaise, and harissa

Seared King prawns with goat cheese tortellini, burnt butter, pine nuts and raisins

Charcoal oven roast pumpkin and sweet potato with garlic yogurt and burnt butter

Cape Grim dry aged 36 month old grass fed rib-eye on the bone

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