Portobello Vegan Trattoria

Written by on February 4, 2015 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(portobellopdx.com) – Southeast neighborhood, Portland, Oregon


How I heard of this place: When in Portland, do what the locals do and take their advice when it comes to food. We did.

Portobello Entry

Type of cuisine: Italian-inspired vegan cuisine, including pizzas, pastas, and steak…with cashew cheeses, beet burgers, seitan, and portobello mushrooms!

Portobello Menu

Ambiance: Unassuming industrial exterior immediately adjacent to a tattoo parlor next to a hair salon, one would hardly expect the cozy, dim-lit interior. Uneven wooden planks against the wall, set with miniature intricate ornaments,

Portobello Wall

golden chandeliers overhead,

Portobello Seating

matching, streamlined chairs and tables, edging up to the bar,

Portobello Bar

with minimally decorated walls and intimate wooden booth seating.

Portobello Cozy Corner

What I ordered: A first visit for the five of us, we opted to sample two appetizers, including a house favorite, Beet Tartare ($9): diced, roasted beets with carrot aioli, fines herbes, & capers atop cashew puree with olive oil, sea salt, & toast,

Portobello Beet Tartare

in addition to the Sweety Pepes ($8): cashew cheese stuffed sweety pep peppers.

Portobello Sweety Peps

Our main entrées included two orders of an establishment staple, the Beet Burger Royale ($14 each): our housemade beet burger, cashew cheddar, caramelized onions, smoked portobello, carrot aioli, catsup, lettuce, onions, and tomato on a focaccia bun, served with pommes frites and housemade curry catsup,

Portobello Beet Burger Royale

one Winter Mushroom Risotto ($16): a creamy risotto with black garlic, black trumpet and pioppini mushrooms finished with truffle butter,

Portobello Winter Mushroom Risotto

and a 12″ Neapolitan inspired Pepperoni pie ($13): marinara, cashew cream, garlic, & seitan pepperoni sausage.

Portobello Pepperoni Pie

What I loved: Sweety peps immediately became a table favorite, followed closely by the curry catsup. Beets galore = win!

Why I loved it: For the vegan craving Italian food. Vegan fare. Done right.

Portobello Beet Burger Royale Close-Up

Cost: Average ($11 – $17 per entrée)

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