We have lived in Portland for nearly 18 years. We pride ourselves on being foodies, however, we always seem to end up at the same restaurants. This year, for a birthday celebration, I decided to force myself out of sticking with the "knowns", and try something new. I had heard a lot of positive things about Little Bird and their sister restaurant, Le Pigeon. I went back and forth between the two when making my selection. To be completely honest, the only reason I selected Little Bird over Le Pigeon was the photo on Le Pigeon's website of a cheeky little kid with sorbet all over his face. While our kids would be joining us for our celebration dinner, they certainly do not act their ages of 11 & 12 in restaurants. The act like young adults and therefore we tend to avoid establishments who advertise "family friendly" as it usually means they have a child's menu (yuck) and more than the average share of screaming kids.
Anyway, we arrived at Little Bird and were greeted warmly and promptly shown to our table. Our server was friendly and professional. We had barely gotten situated when bread arrived and our initial drink order was taken. A quality I appreciate from any server.
Our server was very helpful and knowledgable about the offerings and made suggestions only when asked. Another mark of a good server.
The food arrived in a timely manner and each course was well paced. We started with the Charcuterie Board, for $21, which we all shared. My boys loved, and I mean LOVED the Foie Gras Brûlée & the Veal Tongue. I was partial to the liver mousse.
For our entries we selected the Cassoulet of Duck (amazing), Melted Leek & Goat Cheese Crêpes (incredible), and two orders of Roasted Quail for our boys (I think their words to describe it was "awesome"). Oh, and a side order of the best fries I have ever had. They were for the boys, but I could not resist.
The rest of the menu was creative and tempting. Since we had birthday cake at home, we passed on dessert, as hard as it was after reading the menu.
Having been to Paris often, Little Bird reminds me so much of that wonderful city. There were even two ladies practicing their French at the table next to us. Delightful!
We will give Le Pigeon a go, and will most certainly return to Little Bird. So many things left to try.
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