On a weekend getaway by two food-focused visitors, Nuvrei became our only repeat stop, a heavenly European cafe-away-from-home. We sat back with good coffee drinks (the barely-sweet mocha was a standout) and breakfast, then took bags of pastries and macarons for later snacking and friends back home. Surprising raves: The bagels were attractively unfamiliar, shiny and much less puffy than the home or East Coast versions I'm used to; we had them most memorably in a picture-perfect, leafy vegetable sandwich. The croque monsieur was small and thick, and though rich and cheesy it was perfectly proportioned and stacked, not at all rustic. The cinnamon danish was a successful cross between cinnamon bun (complete with icing) and palmier. The flourless chocolate cookies (with and without walnuts) were chewy, rich, and satisfying, and the hazelnut macaron had the strongest hazelnut flavor I've had in a macaron. In short, every item struck a great balance between decadence and restraint. Plus we got to people-watch through the front window, including seeing the child of a customer inside goofing with four laughing bicyclers outside, a half-story below on the sidewalk. Lovely.
Next visit to Portland, we'll be back at Nuvrei.
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