BY SEBASTIEN ROBILLARD
I’m always lucky when I travel to find some good restaurants to eat at. I like it even more when I can get some referrals from locals and that was the case in Portland. I was given a pretty good list of place to try but with the short amount of time I was spending there I had to pick a few.
One of my choice landed on Olympia Provision in the Nob Hill area. I made a reservation through OpenTable and app I love to use for the simplicity and having only to do a couple of clicks no matter what time to reserve.
As I got there the place was unexpectedly very quiet but been the night of the first presidential debate most people were at home watching while I could enjoy my meal. Since there wasn’t many people I also got some good recommendation from the helpful staff.
For starters I went with a Steak Tartare topped with a cured egg yolk, preserved lemon aioli, dill flower and fresh horseradish. Texture was good not too grounded so you can taste the meat and slightly tasting the horseradish. For main I had the Black Cod served with blistered tomato, smoked corn, tomatillo and a mint purée. All those mixed together we’re pretty awesome but I have to say that the smoked corn was a new taste for me and I really enjoyed it.
I’m not usually a dessert kind of guy but the Saucisson au Chocolat seemed really interesting. Served with a marmalade and salt and pepper shortbread cookies not only the presentation was great but it tasted very good especially accompanied by a glass of Colheita Port 1989.
Food and ambiance were both outstanding and I was very pleased to discover those new tastes that mixed perfectly with one another.
1632 NW Thurman Street, Portland, OR