Four of us went out last night for my husband's birthday and chose David's 388 because of our good experiences in the past. We are never disappointed here.
We requested to eat at the kitchen bar so that we could watch the chef's activities. They are kind enough to explain their jobs to you even though they are very busy. Bo and Carlos create unique, thoughtful food in a very small, impeccably clean space. Call ahead several days in advance for these seats.
David's 388 has a focus on small plates, but the prices are appropriate for the amount of food served. Unless you are a very light eater, you should try an app, a salad and a main. We love this because we get to sample so many different things.
Our apps consisted of seared duck breast with foie gras butter, tuna tartare (photo), pot stickers and beef carpaccio. Every one of them was fabulous. We moved on to grilled caesar and calamari (photos) and our mains were poached lobster and hake (photo), filet mignon and I had their signature burger which was beautifully rare with seared foie gras and truffle fries.
We eat out a lot on the Portland area and are very lucky to have so many amazing choices at our disposal. It says a lot for our feelings about this restaurant that we would choose it for our special occasions. It should not, however, keep you from going on a cold weeknight in February. It is truly a little neighborhood restaurant and if I lived in this neighborhood and not 20 miles away, I would be there weekly.
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