November 22, 2012

little bird

Inconspicuously situated at the corner of SW 6th Ave and Oak Street, French bistro Little Bird was the perfect find for a casual Sunday night dinner. Its SW Portland location put it within walking distance of Pioneer Place, where we were catching a 4PM showing of Breaking Dawn Part 2 (can you really blame us?), and it was one of the few neighborhood restaurants open on Sunday evening. We loved it the second we walked in – red leather backed dining benches, square tables set with crisp white linens, vaulted ceilings lined with tin tiles and a balconied upstairs dining area – quintessentially French save for the mounted antlers looming above the kitchen entrance (which we may have loved most of all).

The menu did not disappoint. We ordered a variety of small plates to share, including the cheese plate, lightly dressed field greens with delicately grated Le Chevrot, a side of creamed Swiss chard and two delightfully plump Dungeness crab cakes accompanied by spicy carrot salad. Every dish was delicious and served one after the other as a light, four course meal.

When all of the plates had been cleared and the wine almost gone, two petite peanut brittle macarons arrived alongside our check like a sweet, unexpected thank you from the restaurant staff. It’s little touches like this that make a dining experience truly special.