Paulée Restaurant, Dundee

by Kristina Sloggett

in Dinner, Portland, restaurants

I have a couple of restaurant visits to share with you from our recent vacation to Oregon’s wine country, and I am starting with a very good one.

For Jason’s actual birthday dinner, we visited a new restaurant taking on the concept of farm to table.

Paulée is the new home of executive chef Daniel Mondok (formerly with Portland’s celebrated Sel Gris, also the renowned Genoa and Foster Burger) serving fruit and vegetables from its own farm right next door.

The atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable, where great music was obviously the chef’s choice – the open layout of the kitchen allows you to view the goings on, and Chef Mondok could often be spotted singing along as he worked.

Chef Mondok with pastry chef Stephen Gazda plating my dessert:

We shared many plates, Jason choosing the meats while I enjoyed the veggies and pastas from each. The courses are solidly executed in stunning presentation, and the desserts creatively unique.

Jason loves to photo-bomb – can you find it in the above photo? Perhaps you can see it better in this photo.

The amuse…  a rich pâté on a delicate cracker.

Mixed Greens – strawberries, hazelnuts, pickled onions, blue cheese.

This was by far my favorite. Well, until dessert.

Lyonnaise – pork belly lardons, fried egg, frisee, sherry vinaigrette.

I love a frisee salad, and the egg was perfectly cooked.

Risotto – porcinis, morels, cardoncellos, white truffles, chevre.

Look at all the truffle…  the flavor of this was over the top perfect.

Heater Allen.

One of Jason’s favorite beers.

Beef – sirloin, oxtail, potato paillasson, chichories, jus.

Jason loved this. I loved the potatoes!

King Salmon – Israeli couscous mac & cheese, tempura garlic tops, tomato, trout roe.

Couscous mac and cheese. Genius. Fantastic. With a bite of those (smoked?) tomatoes, the flavors were perfect.

Daily made sorbets.

The three flavors were ginger, watermelon, tangerine. A refreshing finish, indeed.

Walnut Cake – blueberry conserve, walnut dacquoise, celery cream cheese ice cream.

Celery cream cheese ice cream! It is why I chose this dessert, and honestly, why I chose the restaurant!

The cake was very good, but for me the star was this ice cream – fresh and vibrant with a subtle sweetness. Also, the plating and design – beautiful!

The impressive walls of wine:

Many aspects of Paulée remind me of and transport me back to Napa. We look forward to visiting again.

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jess July 5, 2012 at 1:43 pm

OMG yummmmmm!!! This looks like an INCREDIBLE dining experience. I would LOVE it there — huuuuge fan of farm to table! And I must say — Jason’s photobombing is MUCH more suave than Scott’s approach, hehe. Love it!


2 spabettie July 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm

I was laughing out loud while uploading those photobombing photos… 😀 you WOULD love it there – we cannot wait to go back.


3 lindsay July 5, 2012 at 4:14 pm

oh me too me too!! I want to go. Sooooo amazing!


4 jobo July 5, 2012 at 2:35 pm

OMG that is a TOTAL FOODASGM FEST!! I love it and love the photo bomb. As Jess said, quite suave compared to Scott’s creeper-esque photo bombs!


5 Averie @ Averie Cooks July 5, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Wow…I love beautiful, classy, artful, just gorgeous food like this!


6 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I LOVE frisee with runny egg on it! Eggs make the best dressings! Looks like an amazing dinner. One day I will get to go out to eat with you!


7 Geanna July 5, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Whoa, that risotto is just – it’s just – I’m at a loss for words. I must have it someday.


8 Sarah July 5, 2012 at 9:31 pm

I did NOT think that was a thumb. :)

What a beautiful meal! And in Dundee? I need to make a trip over the river.


9 cathy @ Noble Pig July 5, 2012 at 10:18 pm

I am so glad you like it!! I have to get myself there.


10 Jenna July 5, 2012 at 10:46 pm

we are planning a trip to Portland and their shore, all that, I am adding this to my list. a day inn the wine county, I suppose its just somethin I have to suffer 😉


11 Kath (My Funny Little Life) July 8, 2012 at 4:01 pm

I love when there is good music, and I believe that its energy goes into things. Telling from the pictures, it definitely went into the foods you enjoyed! :)


12 aro55 July 20, 2012 at 11:28 pm

What about all the bug holes in the greens????


13 spabettie July 23, 2012 at 12:44 pm

hi Renee, I didn’t notice them, and I think what you might be seeing is moisture, light reflecting and the way the photo was taken (since the white dots continue below the greens onto the rest of the food). I have no reason to defend this place, I just don’t think that is what it is.


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