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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Le Bistro Montage - Portland - Oregon

On our last day in town, lil' sis and I met up with cousin T again for lunch at Le Bistro Montage, located literally underneath the Morrison Street bridge. See? Bridge right VVV there.

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On the whole, I find the New Orleans-style entrees to be just OK, but I don't really come here for that.

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I go for the oyster shooters and mac and cheese. That seems strange to go to a restaurant just for basically one dish and one appetizer, but hey, they're good.

Make sure you save some for leftovers. Because the other reason I go here is for the way the waitstaff craftily folds those leftovers inside foil animals.

And lastly, I go here because Montage is open late, handy when half my party wants to drink and the other half is underage.

But since we were meeting cousin T for lunch, much too early for drinks.

Lil' sis and I ordered oyster shooters, $1.75 with Cajun cocktail sauce, horseradish, and a lemon.

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Cousin T and I ordered the "spold" mac and cheese with chicken, a combination of their old and spicy versions, $6.95. The old mac and cheese contains garlic, heavy cream, and Parmesan cheese. The spicy mac and cheese has Cajun gravy, jalapenos, tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese. Good old comfort food, kicked up a notch.

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Lil' sis got the pesto mac with chicken, $6.95 basil pesto, Parmesan cheese, and tomatoes.

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We could have easily finished our entrees but we saved some for leftovers just so we could have this!

Leftovers wrapped inside a foil cat and mouse.

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Yes, I'm still a kid and get inordinate pleasure in seeing what shape my leftovers will come out in.

Once, I even saw a foil Superman, with upraised arms as if in flight and foil cape. And another time, a little kid gasped with delight when he got a foil sword that was longer than his arm.

We also got an Oreo pie for dessert.

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Then we waved bye to cousin T before doing a quick run to Powell's City of Books so lil' sis could pick up the next book in the Twilight saga to read on the plane.

May 20, 2010 update:

A year later, in September 2009, I was back again at Montage with my brother, lil' sis, and our second-oldest and second-youngest nephews.

Second-youngest nephew and I caught up while the others went into the bar next door to check out the selection of beers.

Look! A waitress folding a super tall cat.

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Dinner prices are more than lunch prices. We weren't really hungry, just looking for a place to hang out with the nephews.

Complimentary bread.

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The salad that came with the entrees.

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Even though I think their entrees are just OK, I couldn't resist ordering the chicken fried steak with country gravy, which came with cornbread, red beans, and rice, $11.25. Just OK. Should've known better, yet, I'm always trying to find that perfect chicken fried steak anyway.

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Second-youngest nephew ordered the buttermilk fried chicken $11.25. I think my fried chicken is way better. Too dry.

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Second-oldest nephew ordered the blackened catfish $13.50.

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But the food was beside the point.

Few places in Portland are open late at night where I can take the under-21-year-olds, so we usually default to Montage.

Plus, creatively-wrapped foil animals! :P

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All Oregon posts can be found in the tag, Series: Oregon. I suggest reading this particular trip in this order:
I-5 From LA to Portland
Mom and Dad's Garden
Burgerville - Portland - Oregon
Hakatamon - Beaverton - Oregon
I Think I'll Go For a Walk Outside Now...
Vista Point - Oregon City
End of Oregon Trail Interpretive Center - Oregon City
Stevens-Crawford Heritage House - Oregon City
Museum of the Oregon Territory - Oregon City
Mom's Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Sizzling Crepes)
Blackberry Cobbler
Bonneville Lock and Dam - Cascade Locks - Oregon
Bonneville Hatchery - Cascade Locks - Oregon
Multnomah Falls - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon
Horsetail Falls - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon
Wahkeena Falls - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon
Bridal Veil Falls - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon
Historic Columbia River Highway - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon
Latourell Falls - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon
Crown Point Vista House - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon
Banh Cuon Tan Dinh - Portland - Oregon (Closed)
Downtown Portland - Oregon
Lan Su Chinese Garden (Portland Classical Chinese Garden) - Portland - Oregon
Powell's City of Books - Portland - Oregon
Mom's Geoduck, Dynamite-Style and Chao Oc (Vietnamese Rice Porridge with Clams)

How to Prepare Geoduck and Razor Clams
Geoduck, Japanese Dynamite-style
Chao Oc (Vietnamese Rice Porridge with Clams)
Le Bistro Montage - Portland - Oregon
Kenny and Zuke's Delicatessen - Portland - Oregon

Le Bistro Montage
301 SE Morrison St.
Portland, OR 97214
Lunch: Tuesday to Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dinner: Sunday to Thursday 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

1 year ago today, San Gabriel Superstore - San Gabriel.
2 years ago today, Mangoes with Sticky Rice.


  1. I order oyster shooters here too! Though I can hardly ever stop at just one - and have to have a shot of good vodka on the side. I'm partial to the SPAM mac n cheese myself. I've had lots of good times at the Montage!

  2. hi wc - those foil animals are too cute!!!! gladstone's in malibu does them too, i believe.

    your country fried chicken looked pretty good, although i would have the gravy separate because i don't like my crunchy food to get soggy!

  3. The Montage!! Ahhhhh this brings back so many memories and makes me even more excited to move back to P town! I had my very first oyster shooters ever here - so exhilarating!

  4. Cheese Plate SF,
    I'd make a whole meal of oysters if they weren't so darn expensive.

    I think TC would like the foil animals. All kids (and some adults :P) do!

    So sad you're gone, but now I have someone else to hang out with when I go home!


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