This was our first trip to the area, mixing business with pleasure. Hats off to their webmaster as we would have never gone had it not been for their beautiful, inviting web site.
We landed in Portland flying in from California and stopped for lunch. Sub Terra, housed in a lovely wine cellar, was beautiful and authentic as promised from the web site. Our lunch...pulled pork for my husband and a cuban sandwich for me, was just what we would have wanted; so satisfying, we made our way back that night (as an extra incentive Monday night was 50% off any bottle of wine). Our meal was amazing, so much so we went back the next night! I had a seared scallop entree with an incredible side dish of brussel sprout slaw. I commented to my husband, "If anyone can make brussel sprouts taste this good, I have to have the recipe!"
Believe it or not we went back for the third time the next night and had a wonderful seafood paella-like dish; we were not disappointed. Our last night we sheepishly said we needed to branch out; we are getting a little obssevive, so we ate at another restaurant in Dundee. Afterward, we both agreed we should have gone back to Sub Terra! On our way to the airport the next day we stopped just one more time for a lunch on the fly...our favorite cuban sandwich. The staff was so wonderful and accomodating and went to work fixing if for us in a flash. Again, another wonderful meal !
Our experience was so memorable that I called Sub Terra when I returned home to see if I could get the chef's recipe for his brussel sprout slaw so I could serve it for Thanksgiving. Chef Martin was happy to oblige.
Bottom line: This is a new, up and coming restaurant with all the criteria of being THE outstanding restaurant in the area: a wonderful, romantic setting in a beautiful wine cellar; outstanding, personal service; and food that is lovingly and tastefully prepared and presented. Chef Martin is a chef yet to be discovered. My only concern is if we happen to be in the area again, we will have difficulty obtaining reservations because of its popularity!
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