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“Fantastic dining experience”
Review of Veritable Quandary - CLOSED

Veritable Quandary
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown
Reviewed October 16, 2013

New to Portland we accompanied our cousin expecting to sit down for a good but not great meal. Boy, were we surprised. From the friendly greeting (this coming from a Southerner) at the door to the sitting down at the table we decided that we might be in for a meal worth remembering and we were not disappointed. The pork tenderloin, a special for the night, was chosen by three of our party and it was as tender as any pork any of us had ever eaten (remember we are from the South and know something about pork). I chose the Osso Bucco with a little hesistancy since the restaurant is not an Italian restaurant, but it was a specialty of the restaurant. The dish put to shame the Osso Bucco I had at Spiaggia in Chicago. The staff was very attentive and again made us feel as if we were regulars of the restaurant.

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1  Thank rushandjoannstuart
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

Where to begin. Our party of four had reservations at the VQ on Saturday night and we're warmly greeted by staff and chef, and seated right away in a beautiful room with ceiling to floor windows overlooking the outside patio. From the moment we arrived we felt like we were visiting a long lost friend, such nice people.
We started with appetizers. Duck confit spring rolls with a wasabi and ginger dipping sauce, fresh pear, leek and Gorgonzola tartlet with walnuts and a warm honey drizzle YUM, and pork belly confit & maple glazed pumpkin and toasted pepitas, Incredible. Every item was beautifully presented and so very delightful. We then shared a yummy roasted wild mushroom & baby spinach salad that had a wonderful buttermilk and blue cheese with pancetta vinaigrette.
Now on to our entrees. I had the best ever lamb chops, cooked to perfection. The only issue I had with my dish is that I will NEVER find a restaurant that will cook lamb again like I had at the VQ.
The others in our party had osso bucco that was served on a bed of Parmesan & basil risotto,This was a delicious rich and hearty dish that you knew had been cooking for hours. Arctic char was another hit, served on a beautiful bed of black rice, greens,fresh avocado with crispy parsnips
and a miso vinaigrette, such a beautiful presentation, it tasted as good as it looked. Lastly the duck confit with wild rice risotto. I am not a duck lover but I am now. This duck was incredible, nice crispy skin with the moistest duck, so amazing. Yes, we were all very full by now but you can not go to the veritable quandary without dessert. We indulged in the most spectacular chocolate soufflé' and the triple berry sorbet. The soufflé was out of this world. When it is brought to your table they put a knife right down the center and then pour this chocolate deliciousness in....... Pure heaven. A tasty way to end this food event.
The VQ is by far the best restaurant we have ever had the pleasure of dining at. From the moment you arrive, to leaving with very satisfied stomachs you will not be disappointed about your experience , and I am sure if you live in the area you will be back over and over again.
thank you VQ, and all of the wonderful people that care so much about your visit.

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1  Thank thebrigans
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

Lovely, cozy space for an autumn dinner with my cousins. The spiced cashews and braised beets au chèvre were a delightful way to start our meal and reunion. The veggie burger and spinach salad were delectable. We went for dessert too: truffles, sorbets, and a salted caramel chocolate tartine were all hits.

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Thank Pongitte10
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Reviewed October 12, 2013 via mobile

There is no doubt that this restaurant is one of the top 10 restaurants in Portland. The food was absolutely delicious. The menu featured many unique dishes. They also have a good size dessert menu. This is a nice place to go on a date. If you want to eat before 9 p.m. make sure you call for a reservation. After 9 p.m., It's not too hard to get in.

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Thank Kenneth L
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

We made reservations for lunch, but arrived early. They were able to seat us outside as requested. They were willing to let us take our time and were pleasurable. We had heard great things about stuffed figs and didn't see them on the menu. We asked about them and the chef made them for us. They exceeded our expectations. The food was good. The service was outstanding. The outside patio was exceptional. Definitely a restaurant we will return to given the opportunity.

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Thank RBandDB
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