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“Warm & Sophisticated Dining”
Review of Paulee - CLOSED

Paulee
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Warm & Sophisticated Dining”
Reviewed December 31, 2013

This was our second visit to the Willamette and our first visit to Paulee. We've eaten at all the highly recommended restaurants in the area and this ranks at the top. The space is modern, but warm. For us, a seat at the bar where you can watch the kitchen at work and interact with those creating the superb food you are about to enjoy greatly enriches the meal. The wine list is extensive and interesting, with several wines priced near retail. We enjoyed a 2003 Clerico Mentin Ciabot Ginestra for only $70. It was nice to see a reasonable number of wine choices from regions outside of the Willamette. We shared some beautiful oysters, each with a separate flavor accent, and a beef cheeks ravioli. For entrees, we had the foie gras and the pork. Because it is our favorite, we shared a side of duck fat french fries which were to die for. Only complaint (and, a very minor one) was that some of the vegetables accompaniments were a little too highly salted. For dessert, we shared a sampler tray and salted caramel ice cream. The chefs were friendly as was the server and sommelier which greatly enhanced our dining experience. If this restaurant was near our home in Los Angeles, the wait for a table and reservations would have been a long one.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Joe A
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English first
Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“what a great find”
Reviewed November 19, 2013

What a great find! Exciting architecture and very cool environment in which to dine. We were three couples, warmly welcomed, and expertly served the entire evening. The waiter, who was from LA originally, explained everything perfectly and had a wonderful sense of humor and professionalism. What a joy to be in a place like this. Not stuffy or pretentious.....simply they welcomed us and exceeded our expectations. More restaurants need to follow their lead.

The food was extraordinary. I told the waiter that if a place like this existed in LA that people would be standing outside the door waiting to get in. There was an extraordinary plate that the entire table enjoyed and it was a combo meat and fish board which contained prosciutto, capicola salumi, house smoked salmon and trout....it was simply fantastic!

Some entrees we had....I had the evening special which was a 28 day dry aged filet which could be cut with a fork it was so tender, and prepared exactly to my liking. I had also started with some of the freshest tasting Washington oysters...only wished there were more than 6....they came with three different toppings, of which the granita was the best and gave the oysters some zing.

Someone else had the king salmon. Now this takes some explaining: the waiter cautioned us that the salmon is slow cooked at low temperature (140 degrees for 12 minutes) and as a result does not arrive at the table piping hot. It also does not looked fully cooked which did bother one member of our group. Despite the appearance, however, the taste was wonderful. Salmon tartare appetizer was also another home run score. The lamb dish was a bit different.....lamb belly wrapped around lamb sausage. It arrived quite pink - definitely too rare which did not appeal to the person who had it. If you order that dish, ask for it to be medium and not medium rare. The sausage tasted full of flavors, but it looked raw so heads up on that one.

Simply put....we all had a great evening with wonderful tasting flavorful food. I am only sorry that on a Friday night that the place wasn't full of diners -- it should have been because those who were not there missed a wonderful meal!

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank wamwyo
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Paso Robles
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130 restaurant reviews
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“Creative dishes”
Reviewed November 3, 2013

We've eaten at all of the recommended restaurants in Newberg and Dundee on our visits to wine country. This restaurant is the most creative! We had the veal carpaccio and smoked salmon as starters and then my husband had a most creative mackeral and brussel sprout dish. My scallops were beautifully done. what I like also is that you can create a meal by selecting a few small plates instead of an entree. Wines were expensive, so we opted for wines by the glass. Again, you could order glasses by the 1/2 glass or full glass. One of our glasses of wine was oxidized, which the waiter didn't notice until we brought it to his attention. But it was happily replaced. I just hope this place makes it. There were only 5 tables of diners on a Friday night. If you want something creative and beautifully presented, go here!

Visited November 2013
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Newberg
1 review
“Amazing”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

It was the best food, and the best service! Our server Miles knew the best wines to offer, and gave us all the information to make the best food choices. When you go there, ask for Miles. It was awesome!

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Jessica C
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Hillsboro, Oregon, USA
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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“Innovative, but not perfect”
Reviewed October 29, 2013

There are many interesting, innovative recipes at Paulee; it took us about 15 minutes and several questions of the server to understand what they were offering. Lobster polenta was excellent; pork dish was underdone. Wine list and cellar are impressive.

Desserts were good, especially peanut butter ice cream. Atmosphere is stated on the website -- they recognize that many people are coming after a day of winery touring, so casual is fine.

This is a good place, but not the special occasion restaurant that the Painted Lady in Newberg is.

Visited October 2013
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Thank Michaelrh
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