Thursday, June 6, 2013

Recipe of the Week: Allium Bistro in West Linn

We've been taking advantage of a few on-line restaurant deals lately and last week, Chick bought a $20 coupon for $40 worth of food and drink at Allium Bistro in West Linn, OR.  

Last Wednesday night, we braved Portland rush hour traffic and took a very scenic drive along the Willamette River down to West Linn for dinner.

Allium Bistro is described as an intimate neighborhood bistro which serves local, sustainable-conscious epicurean plates featuring New American and European cuisine.

Happy Hour Cosmopolitan for $4.5

Their inspiration comes from the small, bustling villages in France and the native, pure foods found in the Pacific NW.  Unique to the restaurant is a family-style "neighborhood" dinner served one Sunday a month.  Large communal tables are set up in the restaurant where locals and newbies spend time chatting, sipping on wine and sharing bread.

We really stretched our $40, opting for one glass of wine each, an appetizer and an entree (no dessert).  Out of pocket, we kept our bill to under $25 each, including tip (not counting the happy hour cocktail before dinner).

Here is what we enjoyed..... 

Beet Salad - yellow and red beets, cider vinaigrette, wild arugula, toasted pecans, goat cheese - $8

Cascade Natural Hamburger - pancetta, organic white cheddar, charred onions, tomato jam - $13

Carlton Farms Pork Chop - creamy polenta, serrano ham, fried chickpeas - $21

Price range: Appetizers, $5-$12; entrees, $13-$31; desserts, $6.50-$7. Sunday Neighborhood Dinner $37, including wine. Happy Hour nightly; all night Mondays.

Excellent service, quiet and quaint atmosphere, funny and eclectic bartender (very entertaining).

Chick and I would both give the place 4.5/5 stars (the half star demerit would be for the out of the way location, but the drive is worth it)

1914 Willamette Falls Drive, West Linn; 503-387-5604


Allium is a flowering plant informally referred to as the onion