Bored of going to hipster brunch and the well known strip club Acropolis for steak, I was curious about Portland’s fine dining scene so our group stroll down from our home base, Beaverton, to Castagna on this particular trip.
Naturally, we went for the chef’s tasting menu which consisted of a series of amuse-bouche and 14 courses on this night. Shockingly, the price tag was much lower than what I’m used to paying in LA, Las Vegas, or SF. At $155 per person sans sales tax, it’s a relative steal for a tasting menu of this length.
Sadly, I have to say that this meal was underwhelming. I have no memory of anything from this meal even though I have the pictures and menu in front of me. I did remember that all courses were cooked to perfection and plating, though simplistic, was nicely done. However, the only flavor I recalled from this night was the burnt beet course which was an acid assault on my palate.
*Please note that this meal was from almost 2 years ago.
The only flavor that I recall…overly acidic marinated burnt beet