Tuesday, 28 October

Appetizer: mexican cheese plate
Bill: Mushroom risotto
Kitty: T-Bone steak
Cost: $70


This is, by far, the most overbearing service I've ever experienced in a restaurant. Worse, the waiter wasn't necessarily there when we needed him. We were seated in the back dining room, and I was facing the door. Every few minutes, one of the staff would come in and look through the door--often making me feel quite self-conscious as they were staring in our direction. This may not sound so bad, but by few minutes, I mean about two. There was a constant whirling of waitstaff, and most of them seemed to be doing nothing. Oh, and the ~best~ part? Our waiter kept touching me. Twice, he put his hand on my back in a condescending manner. I know it's picky of me, but I really don't care to be touched--without my consent--by strangers, and at a restaurant, this is a standard no-no.

But wait, there's more. The food absolutely sucked. The steak was cooked properly, but that's as far as it goes. Once my craving for red meat was satisfied after a few bites, this gristly chunk of meat wasn't worth finishing. Bill's risotto was undercooked, featuring chunks of nearly raw carrot. Other than that, he said it was more or less flavorless.

Oba! is the very definition of trendy: someplace the middle class go because they think rich people might be there. It was too dark, too stark, too loud, and massively overpriced.


Saturday, 25 October
Porto Terra
Taste of India
Wednesday, 22 October
Park Kitchen
Sunday, 19 October

Kitty: Tortellini Alfredo
Bill: Spinach Lasagna
Dessert: Carrot cake
Cost: about $40
(from delivered dish)


I was craving tortellini, but we'd just been stumping around Portland, and were too tired to go to Alessandro's. So we headed home and looked for a place where we could both get what we wanted from D-Dish. Sylvia's fit the bill perfectly.

The tortellini suffered a little bit during the time it took to deliver, but not so much that it wasn't delicious. Bill's lasagna was fantastic, and the carrot cake was some of the best I've had.

When we want Italian at home, this will be the place.

Thursday, 16 October
P.F. Changs
Friday, 10 October
Rose and Raindrop

Appetizer: brie and roasted garlic on bread
Dessert: 4-layer chocolate cake
Kitty: Shoulder steak, black-bean soup
Bill: Veggie lasagna and salad
Cost: About $55

Everything was top-notch. I didn't expect a perfect delivery (we used d-dish again) steak, and it was medium rather than medium-rare, but oh boy, it was still tender and wonderful. The green beans that came with were a little too green, but the mashed potatoes were delicious without any add-ons.

Bill loved his veggie lasagna, and the salad was gorgeous. We shared my black-bean soup, which was eye-rollingly good.

The cake (we shared one piece) was rich, with a dark bite.

This will be our place to go when I have a steak craving, but we still want good vegetarian for Bill.

7/4/04 UPDATE: I don't know what happened, but we ordered again from R&R about a week ago, and the whole meal was bad. Ah well.

Monday, 06 October
India Grill
Cha! Cha! Cha!

FINALLY! Mexican food that doesn't make us sick (well, we hope), and is delicous. And on top of that, it's incredibly cheap.

Cha! Cha! Cha! on about 12th and NW Glisan is a neat little order-at-the-counter place across from Manzana (where we no longer eat, because of the lack of veggie options). Bill had a veggie burrito ("meat brick") and I had the Cha plate. Both were yummilicious, and the whole meal was $15, including the generous tip I dropped in the jar on the way out (yep, great service).

In fact, I have some leftovers...