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 Post subject: Natural Selection vegan restaurant- opening soon?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 6:03 pm 
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From the owners of Vita Cafe comes Natural Selection, an upscale vegan, prix-fixe dining experience.

3033 NE Alberta Street Portland, OR (I think this is where HELD vegan belts used to be.)

http://www.naturalselectionpdx.com/


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 Post subject: Re: Natural Selection vegan restaurant- opening soon?
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Oh shiitake.


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 Post subject: Re: Natural Selection vegan restaurant- opening soon?
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They talked about this at VegFest. Any idea on an opening date?

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According to Eater PDX, it's opening in Spring 2011 http://pdx.eater.com/archives/2011/01/1 ... aurant.php

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i want some coconut panna cotta!


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 Post subject: Re: Natural Selection vegan restaurant- opening soon?
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new flyers have been posted on the windows!!! pics of veggies with the recommendation to join the mailing list and a note saying that it's opening in maaaaaaaaarch!!

was talking to a gal who works at vita who said the goal is to make this the "vegan beast". can't wait.

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 Post subject: Re: Natural Selection vegan restaurant- opening soon?
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They're hiring: http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/fbh/2167200585.html


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 Post subject: Re: Natural Selection vegan restaurant- opening soon?
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march 17th!!!

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This is exciting! I walked by it last weekend and wondered what was happening there.

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 Post subject: Re: Natural Selection vegan restaurant- opening soon?
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The menu looks amazing! Can't wait to try it.

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http://pdx.eater.com/archives/2011/03/1 ... election-7

Yayayayayayayayay!!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Natural Selection vegan restaurant- opening soon?
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I hope the $35 per person includes wine.

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IsaChandra wrote:
The menu looks amazing! Can't wait to try it.


You've got to be in Portland for that... TRAITOR.


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I thought it was supposed to be all vegan, but it looks like mainly vegetarian. So I'm disappointed.

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Jill wrote:
I thought it was supposed to be all vegan, but it looks like mainly vegetarian. So I'm disappointed.


Where do you see that?

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 Post subject: Re: Natural Selection vegan restaurant- opening soon?
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There will always be a vegan four course meal and a vegetarian four course meal with some of the selections gluten free. You can also order any of the items al la carte as well.


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I'm excited. The sample menus is really intriguing and the space looks great.

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 Post subject: Re: Natural Selection vegan restaurant- opening soon?
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I walked by last night and it was full of people! Whee!

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 Post subject: Re: Natural Selection vegan restaurant- opening soon?
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http://www.naturalselectionpdx.com/pres ... dium=email


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 Post subject: Re: Natural Selection vegan restaurant- opening soon?
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Attended the pre-opening event yesterday.

The space is intimate with warm wood paneling and the walls are adorned with the same still-life vegetable and fruit prints found on their web site. The understated design forms a nice contrast between trustafarian modernism and crunchy hipsterism. A gleaming professional kitchen dominates the restaurant and the rolling bar could be an art installation. The staff were welcoming and had definitely dressed up for the occasion with flouncy skirts and loose "folk music" style dresses.

We received several complementary glasses of wine. The wine was a rustic and not very memorable Italian red; but they definitely kept our glasses topped off. The first "taste" was a warm salad containing grilled radicchio, fennel, and sultana raisins. The radicchio was nicely charred showing a deft touch on the grill. The sweetness of the raisins balanced out the smokiness (hickory smoke?) of the radicchio. The second taste included a bruschetta with a "rilette" composed of pureed pistachios, a green herb, and citrus. The bread could have used a drizzle of olive oil to enliven the dryish toast. Arancini were expertly prepared with a delicate crisp crust and a moist interior. The romesco sauce was made with hazlenuts and the pimiento notes were very well defined. I think it could have used a little more garlic but that might not fly in raw garlic-phobic america. My favorite bite was the fried sweet potato dumpling. This was really flavorful with oniony notes reminiscent of indian pakoras. Our last taste was a celery root soup served in a cute stainless steel cup. I find celery root to be a bit "one note" but a drizzle of meyer lemon oil made a nice counterpoint to the earthy celery root puree.

We made reservations.


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Attended the pre-opening event yesterday.

The space is intimate with warm wood paneling and the walls are adorned with the same still-life vegetable and fruit prints found on their web site. The understated design forms a nice contrast between trustafarian modernism and crunchy hipsterism. A gleaming professional kitchen dominates the restaurant and the rolling bar could be an art installation. The staff were welcoming and had definitely dressed up for the occasion with flouncy skirts and loose "folk music" style dresses.

We received several complementary glasses of wine. The wine was a rustic and not very memorable Italian red; but they definitely kept our glasses topped off. The first "taste" was a warm salad containing grilled radicchio, fennel, and sultana raisins. The radicchio was nicely charred showing a deft touch on the grill. The sweetness of the raisins balanced out the smokiness (hickory smoke?) of the radicchio. The second taste included a bruschetta with a "rilette" composed of pureed pistachios, a green herb, and citrus. The bread could have used a drizzle of olive oil to enliven the dryish toast. Arancini were expertly prepared with a delicate crisp crust and a moist interior. The romesco sauce was made with hazlenuts and the pimiento notes were very well defined. I think it could have used a little more garlic but that might not fly in raw garlic-phobic america. My favorite bite was the fried sweet potato dumpling. This was really flavorful with oniony notes reminiscent of indian pakoras. Our last taste was a celery root soup served in a cute stainless steel cup. I find celery root to be a bit "one note" but a drizzle of meyer lemon oil made a nice counterpoint to the earthy celery root puree.

We made reservations.


You had me at "fried sweet potato dumpling".

Thank you for sharing your experience! It sounds so darn lovely.


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 Post subject: Re: Natural Selection vegan restaurant- opening soon?
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Am going on Saturday. Better be good.


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Ok, so I went last night. It looks very fancy and tasteful inside, I really love what they did with the space. There is an open kitchen and the waitstaff is very attentive and pleasant. There wasn't much of a menu, but really just a 4 course menu (vegetarian and vegan). In some ways it's kind of nice not to be overwhelmed by choices if what they offer is excellent, and that is what I hoped for when I saw the small menu. Well.....it did not disappoint, at all. Everything we had was great, and very Millenium like in taste and presentation. They offered us two small sample size somethings on the house, probably because this is their first week and want to try stuff out on customers. The only negative we thought was the price. $35 for a 4 course meal was a bit steep for Portland I think, and the portions were quite small, even for an upscale restaurant. Our bill came close to a $100, so I think we will save this place for very special occasions.


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 Post subject: Re: Natural Selection vegan restaurant- opening soon?
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Thanks for the review!

I want to go but...so...spendyyyy......

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