One of our top restaurants in Portland is Natural Selection, which is a restaurant "....built on vegetables, fruits, and grains...served in a warm European-style setting". The cooking style and techniques are rustic and modern and "....highlighting the flavors of France, Italy, and Spain". We have blogged about Natural Selection before and stated we'd be happy to return at least 4-times a year to taste their seasonal menu. But after this last visit, which was for another celebratory birthday dinner, we'd be perfectly happy to return every week to taste their weekly changing menu. Natural Selection is that good. Thank you to our friends Robert & Tim for being vegans and introducing us to one of our favorite restaurants in all of Portland.
Natural Selection serves a coursed menu for a bargain price of $35 for four courses, with only two different course options, or you can select individual dishes. Wine pairings are for an additional $25 and are well thought out and well worth the extra splurge. Due to Course No. 2's salad containing watermelon, which Mike is allergic to, we selected everything except for the salad courses, which looked fantastic and our friends were generous enough to share one of their figs with us. We did not opt for the wine pairing this time, but had Sazerac cocktails instead, which were excellent. Reservations are highly recommended due to the limited number of tables and paced courses. The calm, cozy and comfortable setting is a complete treat.
Course No. 1 - Roasted Beets with Pears. Sweet Corn Soup with lobster mushrooms and lemon oil.
We rarely order dessert, but Natural Selection's Squash Cake with Pistachios and a Berry Cobbler was something we had to indulge in and they tasted as good as they looked.