Clarklewis, Portland, Oregon
Portland , Oregon
Tel: 503 235 2294
Concierge.com's insider take:
Stepping into this converted warehouse, with little more than a few votive candles for decoration and Chet Baker tunes playing in the background, you'll feel like you've stepped into a black-and-white photograph. What could have been austere is sexy, and the unfussiness allows you to focus your attention on the top-notch Northwest cuisine with Tuscan influences. The menu changes daily depending on what the chef found at the market. You'll find experimental riffs on contrasting flavors and textures: shaved fennel with cannellini beans, roasted almonds, and pecorino; tuna with black rice, pomegranate, and mint; as well as more traditional items like flatiron steak with chanterelles. You may find a few people who've dressed for the occasion, but as this is Portland you'll blend in better with the locals if you go casually stylish. It's worth reserving ahead on Friday or Saturday nights, but otherwise you shouldn't have trouble snagging a table.
Open Tuesdays through Saturdays 5:30 pm to close.