This place was suggested to us by the Oregon Tilth folks who certify this place organic. While not being exclusively veggie or vegan, they do have both a veggie and a vegan menu. Their menus change monthly in order to stay seasonal and regional.
I had never in my life experienced carpaccio, being vegan for 15 years it had never been presented to me before this trip. The Watermelon carpaccio w wild mint was a revelation. The presentation was also a beautiful flower, the circles of melon being the petals and the middle being diced cantaloupe. What an amazing start.
The Carrot ginger soup was mind-blowing!! The broth was so silky smooth and light, yet flavorful and rich. The presentation of this was also quite nice, a dollop of chutney in a bowl then from a teapot, poured on top of it came the broth.
The Farro Risotto w a basil pistou was so delicious. It had such a great basil balance. There was also a broccoli-lemon balm chilled soup (wow!), a white bean app (yowza!), both of which were delicious. The pot en feu was seemingly simple yet packed w many great flavors, textures, veggies and beans which cook down a beautiful broth. The Artichoke w Israeli Couscous was also amazing! The components of this dish made me think I would not enjoy it as much, but the masterful technique of the kitchen made this dish very enjoyable.
What other way to end a meal like this than chocolate? They make their own sorbet, so amazing we had to order another. It was accompanied by hazelnuts which were just roasted and gently salted, the balance of which was just perfect.
This was a perfect meal. Flavors kept building dish after dish. We were giddy w amazement at how incredible this meal was. It was like being front row for our favorite band.
Our waitress was the best server we've ever had, the way she made us feel at home, so accommodating, was exceptional.
The porch setting was very lovely w flowers and herbs along the sides. Inside was very nice as well, they keep it immaculately.
This is a destination for anyone who likes to be surprised with delights.
We later came to realize that Maria Hines who owns Tilth is a celebrity chef, having been on Top Chef Masters recently, and this Sunday (8/1/10) will be on Iron Chef America to take on Morimoto.
I'd give it 7 or eight happy cows if I could!
Best meal of my life, Best service too, vegan menu rocks