After my amazing hike on Saturday, my friend Christine and I decided to indulge in a great meal through Portland Dining Month (read about my other reviews at Thirst Wine Bar and Gracie’s). This is a great deal here in Portland during the month of March where you can get a three course meal for $29.
We decided to go to Punch Bowl Social which doesn’t have a website but read more about it on Yelp. There are actually two parts to the restaurants–one is the actual restaurant and the other is karaoke, bowling and other fun stuff like ping pong. We actually got a call from the restaurant confirming the reservation and letting us know that we had access to the restaurant and not the games section.
When we got there, we were seated relatively quickly and were excited to start with the drink only to find out that technically the drinks were not part of the $29. Thankfully we weren’t the first to complain about this so they didn’t charge us for the drinks. Christine got the Heart of the Union which included Union gin, triple sec, beet syrup, lemon juice and orange bitters shaken and served over ice with a lemon wheel.
I started with Monk’s Vacation which included: Portland potato vodka, green chartreuse, pineapple juice, lime juice and simple syrup shaken and served chilled with a lime garnish.
Christine loved her drink from start to finish. I didn’t love mine to start but did end up loving it.
We both started with the Deviled Eggs (tarter sauce, dijon, chives, parsley, coffee bacon jam, piment d’espelette, greens). I don’t eat bacon so I got mine without. The eggs were good and Christine said the bacon jam was spicy but good.
For the main course I got Pacific Salmon Creamed Spinach with creme fraiche, fingerling potatoes, sherry butter, and beurre blanc.
I found this to be incredibly good but didn’t love the spinach. Christine got the Mushroom Stroganoff with crimini and oyster mushrooms, onions, roasted garlic, fresh herbs, and lemon.
She loved it but thought the garlic was a little too much. Dessert was incredible on both accounts. I got the Vanilla Bean Cheesecake which included Meyer lemon curd, lemon poppy seed polenta shortbread. It was delicious and light and yum!
Christine got the Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar which was chocolate brownie, chocolate peanut butter, chocolate ganache, salted caramel and peanut butter.
All in all, the food was good and the service great. We both wondered about the decor, we couldn’t figure out what exactly they were trying to accomplish with the choices but I probably would go back to try out the karaoke bar and bowling.