It’s February, and you know what that means: The heat is on for the MOST ROMANTIC VALENTINE’S DAY EVAH. Don’t blow it this year.
Just kidding, kidding. I’m not so into Valentine’s Day. We celebrate it, because we’re married and it would be sad not to. (Peak romance over here.) But my husband’s a musician, and Valentine’s is a big concert night. If I was worked up about going out to dinner on February 14th, I would be disappointed a LOT. We did have a late reservation at Clyde Common years ago–I think my sweetie only had to play on the first half of a concert at the Schnitz, so I met him at the restaurant around 9pm. That ended up being a really lovely meal. He was even wearing a tux. Don’t we sound classy? *Cue toddler singing “Taco Tuesday” and yelling for crackers*
If you’re looking for a vegetarian-friendly Valentine’s Day dinner in Portland, I found some restaurants that will be serving menus with vegetarian options. You know this already, but make your reservations ASAP! Don’t forget to mention your dietary needs when you book.
Thank you to Molly for pointing me to the Portland Monthly’s vegan Valentine’s list, which includes an interesting vegan pop-up. For all kinds of listings, check out Food Dude’s always-helpful Valentines’s Day database.
Limited ala carte menu. Hurachito entree (fired corn masa with wild mushrooms, seasonal vegetables, black beans, crema, and queso fresco) is vegetarian, and can be made vegan.
$65 prix fixe menu with $35 optional wine pairings.
First: Chestnut soup w/ brussel sprouts, creme fraiche, maple syrup, and salted duck egg.
Second: Warm vegetable salad w/ romanesco, pumpkin, brussels sprouts, lime pickle vinaigrette, and black garlic.
Third: Slow roasted onion flan w/ winter squash, quinoa, Asian pear tapenade, and parsley olive jus.
Fourth: Choice of pistachio dacquoise with yogurt mousse and grapefruit sorbet, or chocolate cremeux cake with
passion fruit and crispy rice.*
$60 prix fixe menu with two seatings; 5pm and 8pm. $30 optional wine pairing. Gluten-free options.
First: Mushroom dumpings or salad rolls (gf)
Second: Bib lettuce or delicata salad (gf)
Third: Muenster crepe (gf) or potato tempeh pakora (gf)
Fourth: A melange of desserts for two
$75 prix fixe menu, $50 optional wine pairing. “Please inform us at the time of making your reservation if you require a vegetarian menu, we’re happy to cook for you.”
Three-course dinner $36, $48 with two drinks. Four-course dinner $42, $51 with two drinks.
First: Bruschetta with garlic chevre, braised radicchio, and shallots
Second: Apples, currants and toasted hazelnuts in mixed greens with champagne vinaigrette or spinach salad with strawberries, goat cheese, and candied walnuts, with maple vinaigrette.
Third: Wild mushroom ravioli with gorgonzola cream and braised swiss chard
Fourth: Choice of dark chocolate creme brulee with hazelnut lace cookie, lemon poppy seed cake with raspberry coulis and gran marnier whipped cream, or sticky toffee pudding with creme anglaise, topped with dates and pecans.
So sold out. Buy tickets for a later date for a sweet Valentine’s gift.
Harvest at the Bindery
Four-course dinner $45, not including drinks.
First: Sunchoke Bisque
Second: Charred Mushroom Hazelnut Pate with chicory, blackberry gastrique, vegetable chips.
Third: Farro Risotto with radicchio, kabocha, cara cara, castelvetrano, black garlic demi, chevre
Fourth: Dark Chocolate Almond Cream Cake with beet sorbet, chamomile white carrot puree, meringue
Vegetarian seven-course meal, $25. Music 6-8:30 pm.
Four-course dinner, $69. Add-on salad available.
First: Arancini w/ fresh mozzarella, sweet basil, pomodoro sauce
Second: Goat cheese gnocchi
Third: Uova di raviolo w/ ricotta, lemon, organic egg yolk, fried kale, and sage browned butter
Fourth: Dessert flight of Iorio chocolate cake, zeppole and cheesecake w/ berries and salted caramel
Closed Sunday, February 14th.
“Join us for a prix fixe 5-course menu Friday, February 12th & Saturday, February 13th. $60 per person. Wine Pairings $35 per person. All courses will be vegan & gluten-free.”
Three-course dinner, $70. Comes with view.
Amuse: Housemade potato chips and herbed onion dip
First: Gnocchi gratin, garlic spinach, fontina, and Oregon truffles
Second: Mixed grain and sweet potato croquettes with salt roasted beets; butter basted cauliflower with feta tahini,
pomegranate & puffed rice.
Third: Choice of Chocolate cake, beet & white chocolate ganache; salted caramel pouring custard or citrus olive oil cake, blood orange chiffon with raspberry vinegar poached rhubarb.
Four-course menu, $54. Optional wine pairing, $21. Gratuity included. Let them know you’re vegetarian when reserving online.
Amuse: Beet consommé with truffle oil
First: Deviled egg nests w/ rum raisin and shaved horseradish
Second: Shaved brussels w/ brandied squash purée, pecans, and Sherry inaigrette
Third: Squash gnocchi w/fried Sage, bleu cheese, and pomegranate
Fourth: Dark chocolate soufflé for two
All vegan! Four-course menu, $55.
First: Choice of carrot consomme with maple fennel fronds and parsnip panelle (gf), or pomegranate and grilled citrus salad with cardamom-chile spiced pistachio (gf)
Second: Choice of roast beet with pine nut yogurt and root vegetable chips (gf), or fried breaded oyster mushrooms with leek aioli
Third: Choice of quinoa cake with confit winter squash and roast hazelnut cream (gf), or smoked chestnut and parsnip ravioli with cilantro-pepita pesto
Fourth: Choice of red velvet chocolate beet cake with cream cheese ice cream, chocolate sable, candied blood orange and chocolate cherry sauce (gf), or millefoglie with vanilla chantilly, huckleberry meringue, grapefruit cranberry gelee, and pomegranate aril compote
Four-course prix fixe menu, $65. $30 optional beverage pairing or Champagne flight. Vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free menus on request.
First: Winter citrus salad w/ yuzu miso dressing, basil, and mint
Second: Root vegetable fritters w/ panang curry sauce, and pickled mango salad
Third: Wild mushroom risotto w/ black truffles, nori, and Sichuan oil
Fourth: Affogato w/ coconut cardamom ice cream, coffee, and 5 spice shortbread
*I have not confirmed if desserts are technically vegetarian; if you avoid gelatin, please ask.
See anything I missed? Feel free to drop a line.
What are your Valentine’s Day traditions? Go out, stay home? Galentine’s? Netflix and a bottle of champagne?