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.
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