Sunday, January 6, 2013

Relish Gastropub – what to expect

At a certain quality level of restaurant in Portland, Oregon, it’s a given that ingredients will be: local, seasonal, responsibly-raised, organic, sustainably-farmed, and the like. This is our status quo. With Oregon’s climate and dedication to ingredients, it isn’t even difficult to execute as say other restaurant markets to the East. We are a chef’s paradise. This happy state is celebrated, written about, and envied worldwide. This is why culinary minded folks live and visit here.  It doesn’t really give a new PDX restaurant anything to shout about, since we all embrace this status quo of “gastropolis” like the very air we breathe.

So, where does Relish Gastropub fall in the Portlandia culinary scheme of things?  In the kitchen, Chef Josef Valoff believes in assertive flavors and executing techniques required to get the most out of the ingredients he hand selects. Many of the processes he uses take days [weeks even] to reach the desired effect. While there is simplistic beauty in the farm to plate minimalist mantra of taking a beautifully raised piece of meat, seasoning it perfectly and throwing it on a grill, Chef is a proponent of seasoned through preparations such as brining, smoking, rubbing and curing to take that same responsibly raised livestock to deeper layers of flavor.

In the dining room, our commitment to Sellwood-Moreland and the folks that make the trip to our little neighborhood public house in a word is graciousness. We feel somewhere in the development of the farm-to-plate-artisanal-craft proliferation, the notion of Service got lost in the shuffle.  While much is written about our mixologists, micro-roasters, craft distillers, brewers and cuisine, nary a word is jotted regarding Service. Service somehow moved from a lost art to a forgotten art. First and foremost, our owners Marla and Akhil enjoy taking care of people, which is their reason for opening Relish Gastropub. They are committed to bringing their version of graciousness to Portland’s restaurant landscape. Aside from creating a comfortable spot, free from pretentiousness, Relish Gastropub will feature one of the city’s most affordable wine lists [150+ labels] with 60+ labels under $39. Additionally, 27 wines will be offered by the glass, 20 taps will rotate craft beers and the bar program will focus on making crave-able cocktails.

We’re a few days out from opening, and we’re beyond excited to serve you.

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