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“No better than Red Fish, and no cheaper, either”
Review of Paula's Bistro - CLOSED

Paula's Bistro
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed October 3, 2011

After being grossly disappointed in Red Fish, we tried Paula's. Should have known when we walked in and saw what a dump it is that it was time to bail. Paula's is divided into a number of small rooms, none of them comfortable. Music was way too loud. Waiter reeked of garlic and his last cigarette. Food was third rate at best, yet prices were not much lower than those at the disappointing Red Fish across the way. Save your money.

Thank ElJefe54
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Reviewed September 25, 2011

Imagine that you're having dinner in your aunt and uncle's basement rec room. Now imagine that instead of eating tater tots and sloppy joes, your uncle is a Michelin three star chef. Now you have an idea what eating at Paula's is like. The decor? Funky--like plywood funky (OSB/chipboard, to be more precise), with thrift-store paintings. Downright weird, and not really romantic. But the service was great. No waitstaff, just timely and unobtrusive attention from the chef Cristoff and the owner Paula (your uncle and aunt for the evening).

The food, however, is really top-notch, and is the real reason you should eat here. I started with a specialty cocktail called an Americano, with Lillet and Campari, which was refreshing, although the Campari dominated the drink. We ordered the pork loin and the New York strip for mains. The pork loin came with a sweet sauce with vanilla and brandy, and the sauce was too cloying for our tastes (my wife thought it tasted a little like mothballs). The loin itself, however, was perfectly cooked, still moist with a velvety texture. The steak was also perfect, with a rich gorgonzola and portobello mushroom sauce. The wines by the glass are a good price. I had a smooth rich Cabernet.

And then there was the dessert. The couple next to us had the lavender creme brulee. There was silence after their first few bites, and then the woman exclaimed, somewhat breathlessly, "the best dessert I've ever eaten!" We were going to skip dessert, but after that affirmation, we decided to give the blackberry cake a try. The chef told us that it was his mother's recipe. What came was a thin purple slab standing upright in a pool of heavy cream. Words can't describe. After the first bite, I wanted to laugh out loud, it was so outrageously good. This is the kind of dessert that makes your heart beat faster, and your breath quicken. It's the kind of dessert that makes you thank that you're alive. It's that good.

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Thank GueroChongo
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Reviewed September 20, 2011

My husband and I had a really fabulous meal. The potstickers were delicious. The homemade bread with garlic basil cream cheese was so amazing. I had pasta and he had a steak - which was huge!!! The desserts were delish! Even the coffee was great. Paula and Christoff make a great team and we felt so welcome and attended to. Now it may not have the view that other PO restaurants may have, but the ambience and decor in Paula's is so cute and cozy you never even miss it. Thank you Paula and Christoff for a great evening!

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Reviewed August 4, 2011

We were visiting Port Orford for a few days with some friends. We tried several of the eating places in town. Paula's Bistro had the best food by a wide margin. Make no mistake, this is a traditional french bistro: you order your entree, and you get served a full meal with an appetizer, soup, salad, and then the main course. The wine list is a bit spendy, but included Leonetti, which is a rare find. The sauces were subtle and delicious. Our group ordered lamb, pork, steak, halibut, and pasta -- all of which were perfect. Don't miss it.

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1  Thank herrdoktorcap
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Reviewed July 6, 2011

Great little restaurant, fresh baked bread with homemade herb cream cheese. 3-course dinner with soup, salad and main course included. Chicken pot-stickers where wonderful with veggies in a great sauce! Very small menu but something for everyone. Very friendly staff.

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Thank camire33
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