If you live in Portland you know Le Pigeon, a long time shining star in the local dining scene that is consistent and creatively delicious. So when Gabriel Rucker announced he would be opening a new restaurant next door that would combine American comfort food with his French training and whimsical ideas at a more casual price point I was excited to say the least. We went during happy hour and were pretty blown away.

Dish 1. “Oeufs En mayonnaise”. Trout roe, bacon, Roasted garlic, smoky maple. $5 during happy hour!! $8 during regular hours. One of our favorites of the night. This is like the flavors of an entire breakfast plate in just a few bites. Salty, savory, umami and sweet all at once. I loved this so much I have duplicated it many times at home and it is a great dish to take to pot lucks. Your friends will be impressed.

Dish 2. “Rabbit and Prosciutto terrine” Apricot green pepper relish, frisee, herbs. The terrines change of course and average about $10 ($6 during happy hour). I loved this one, but I never have met a terrine I haven’t liked.

Dish 3. “Steam burger”. Pickles, onion, mustard, American. Since we were visiting Canard during happy hour this burger was only $3. ($6 during regular hours) It will remind you of the most simple fast food type burger from your childhood. They are quite popular. You may want to order more than one at this price and they are about the size of a slider.

Dish 4. “Foie gras dumplings” $18. This dish is not on the happy hour menu so the price is off the regular menu. Peanut sauce, apple, miso roasted shallots. This was another winner. Creative with contrasting flavors that dance well together. This dish is still on the menu but the current version has a different twist. Visit Canard’s website here for the changing menu. (And current prices as they may of course change)

Dish 5 “Duck stack” $15 Pancakes, duck gravy, Tabasco onions, duck egg. This dish also is not on the happy hour menu so the price is the same. Again, I felt almost as if we were having breakfast for dinner.

Dish 6 “Soft Serve” $4 Do not be surprised if there is an interesting flavor of the day. I have very fond memories of “Foie Gras ice cream” next door at Le Pigeon.

There are many positive things to say about how Gabriel Rucker structures his restaurants. Playful takes on food as well as something as simple as a corkage fee. If you bring in your own bottle of wine that is over 15 years of age the corkage fee is waived! Great for people like us who have an extensive collection at home. The wine list they do have however is very worth taking a look at, it is impressive. You can check it out here.

It was a fun and enjoyable experience at a decent price. $51 for 2 people with no corkage fee. Not bad for a 6 course dinner out in Portland.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

About XPLORE FILM and Sip & Stay

The Art of Life

Tony and Terri-Lynn met in 1987 as teenagers. In 1991 they were married.  Tony has been a professional musician his entire life and spent the 90’s touring and releasing albums.  In 2001 the couple left the cities and moved to a small community on the Oregon coast. This is where they fell into television production and film making. In 2004 Makai Ohana Productions was founded and the couple produced advertising and creative content for hundreds of tourism related businesses and government entities in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Realizing the industry was evolving towards the internet they re-branded the business in 2012 to Xplore Film.  This company would now be an international business producing films world wide as well as an NGO in West Africa where the couple provides clean water boreholes, scholarships and even a prosthetic hand project.

In 2018 Tony and Terri-Lynn with their dog Bisque Kitt packed the belongings they could carry on their backs and flew to Spain. They bought a home and planned to spend equal time between the two countries running the business.  Then Covid hit and the world closed.  By 2020 they realized Spain, and specifically Torrevieja was now home.  They bought a sailboat and started to create a life on the Costa Blanca of music, film, events and community.


Music from Xplore Film

Follow Us

Like Us On Facebook

Facebook Pagelike Widget