My partner and I went to Noisette for our anniversary recently. It was our first time there and we both loved it. It is a great little restaurant, with excellent food, a charming atmosphere, and attentive service.
All around, the restaurant skips the usual Portland hipster gimmicks and goes for a more formal experience. Severs in suits, no wood benches or turn of the century decor flourishes. Not that any of that is bad, but it nice to have some variety in the city.
We both went with the 8 course tasting menu. At $85, it isn't cheap, but considering the quality of food, doesn't feel outrageous either. If I was ordering a few of their "small plates" I might feel a bit robbed by the price to portion ratio, but that is probably why the 8 course tasting menu is encouraged. Each dish was original, and all but one were impeccable. The Foie Gras with Foie Gras ice cream was one of the best things I have ever put in my mouth. I would have gladly traded in my "seared" tuna for an extra serving of Foie Gras. In fact, I would gladly eat that dish every day if I could. As amazing as that was, nearly everything else came close to it.
For us, it is more of a special occasion place. Dinner + wine makes for nice dent in the wallet, but it is definitely worth it.
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