Gabriel Rucker was a fresh-faced 25-year-old when he opened the restaurant that put Portland on the culinary map in 2006. It remains on its original site – a cosy corner of East Burnside Street with vintage furniture and a muddle of saucepans hanging from the ceiling – which has just three communal tables and a chef’s counter. The food however, has evolved. Yes, it’s still French classics given a culinary twist but now it comes in the form of a six-course tasting menu (there’s also a vegetarian menu) and includes the odd Asian accent: a sashimi starter, miso ginger tofu. The majority of it is comfortingly recognisable and everything one expects French food to be: rich, hearty and bolstered by butter. An expansive wine list has an impressive selection of French whites as well as pinots from Burgundy.
738 E Burnside St, Portland, Oregon, 97214