Spring has had some cool, windy days. On one such day, we decided to take a thirty minute ride down to Portland for lunch. When my husband Mickey asked where we should eat, I suggested we go to David’s on Monument Square in the heart of downtown. There is a public parking garage behind the restaurant which makes for easy parking on a weekday. The restaurant is easy to find with its purple awnings, neon plate and fork sign and outside tables.
The inside has the look of a fun, upscale bistro with businessmen in suits and young couples in jeans and t-shirts. We sat up front at a window table where we could watch people strolling by as well as the chef preparing food at the open kitchen.
The waiter brought over a basket of garlic knots and crusty bread along with a great olive oil, herb, and cheese dipping sauce to nibble on while we decided what to eat. The menu has lots of choices…sandwiches, pizzas, soups and salads as well as creative appetizers and main courses.
We decided to share an appetizer of goat cheese stuffed phyllo packets and grilled vegetables that were topped with crispy fried leeks. We each had one phyllo packet but were almost fighting over the leeks. They were so good that you wanted more.
Mickey had the grilled shrimp and scallop skewer on top of herbed rice with a pretty little bundle of vegetables on the side. The seafood was cooked to perfection and had a wonderful flavor of citrus and truffle oil. He is always nice enough to share a bite with me. Of course I am equally nice, and always offer him a bite of whatever I have ordered.
I had the crispy skinned duck breast with garlic, ginger and soy sauce. It was cooked to a perfect medium-rate and served with sesame spinach.
We both decided that the duck breast was one of the best we had ever tasted. I don’t usually eat the skin on duck because it can sometimes be soft and very fatty. This one was wonderfully crispy…I ate every bite.
All of the desserts sounded great but we decided to share the cheese course that consisted of Castello, crème de Brie served warm with buttered almonds and honey, crusted Chevre, and Parmigiano-Reggiano.
The cheeses were served with sliced strawberries, spiced pecans and a hot pepper-strawberry conserve (which I’m going to try to recreate at home…it was that good). We ordered a flight of Port to accompany the cheese.
What a great lunch. We have had good food here before but this was memorable. It will be hard not to order the same meal again on our next visit.
I think anyone would enjoy David’s. It would be a fun place to take a date or to go for a girl’s night…to share appetizers, burgers, or pizza as well as a place for foodies to have contemporary American bistro food.