I have been very lucky since I moved back in Portland to become involved with a great group of bloggers here in Portland, Portland Bloggers. About a month ago they posted the opportunity to win a chance to blog about Portland Dining Month. As you know, I love reviewing restaurants so I totally jumped on the opportunity.
Yay! I won! I got to go with my friend Melissa and eat the amazing three course meal at Thirst Wine Bar & Bistro. Thirst Wine Bar & Bistro is located in the south waterfront, an area that I really haven’t spent much time down in for several years and it was as beautiful as I remember it. The restaurant is located along a row of restaurants and shops facing the water and a boat dock. The day was a perfect Portland day, nary a cloud in the sky so sitting down by the waterfront and looking across the Willamette was perfect.
So Portland Dining Month has over 90 restaurants participating in it and this was my second (I will blog soon about my dinner at Gracie’s!). A little information from Thirst’s website: “Thirst Bistro opened in 2006 with our main dining room, bar and outside space. Thirst expanded with The River Room (private parties) in 2008 and expanded our menu from traditional wine bar to full restaurant including spirits and cocktails. In 2010 we opened The Cellar, another private dining room where we also hold our wine dinners and classes. Thirst has patio seating for 100 outside on the Esplanade and is the best place to watch downtown fireworks in the summer and The Christmas Ships in December. Enjoy the unobstructed River and Bridge views year-round.”
They weren’t kidding about the view! We made the reservation through OpenTable because Dine Portland made a donation to the Oregon Food Bank. The restaurant was not crowded at all and Melissa and I were seated right away at a window side seat. The server, who was incredibly friendly, brought both the regular menu as well as the Portland Dining Month menu and an extensive drink menu-focussed on wine-it is, after all, a wine bistro!
Clearly we both went for the Portland Dining Month menu–three courses for only $29, can’t beat that!
There were three options for appetizers, of which I could only eat one since one had bacon and one had shellfish, neither of which I eat. I chose the House Salad with mixed greens, blue cheese, hazelnuts, red onion, cherry tomato, vinaigrette. I asked for no red onions as I’m not a fan of raw onions. Melissa had the Hot Crab Dip with baguette.
I found the salad to be good, crisp and with just the right amount of vinaigrette. I would have added more hazelnuts and cheese but that’s me loving those two parts. Melissa liked the hot crab dip but found it a tad spicy for her liking.
We both had the Bistro steak with caramelized onion smashed potatoes and the vegetable of the day which was roasted carrots. Melissa had it medium-well and I had it medium-rare. It was delicious! The meat was perfectly cooked and the potatoes were super delicious.
For dessert we both got the Warm Chocolate Bread Pudding with vanilla ice cream. Amazing! I mean you can’t really go wrong with chocolate bread pudding anyway but this was super and a great way to finish off the meal.
I also had a flight of wine-bartenders choice. It came with three wines-a white, a pinot noir and another red. Two were Oregon wines and one was a Washington wine.
The wines were the perfect accompaniment to dinner.
Overall, dinner was amazing and for $29/person, we really had a lot of food! I would definitely plan to go back to Thirst Wine Bar & Bistro, especially in the summer when we can sit outside overlooking the water.
Make sure to Spin the Wheel of Deliciousness for a chance to win a year of free meals!
I was very lucky to be provided with this opportunity by Downtown Portland which provided me with a gift certificate to Thirst Wine Bar & Bistro which covered the meal for two people.