GOING PLACES : getting spoiled at vegan fine dining restaurant natural selection

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last week we did something most vegans only dream of – going to a fine dining restaurant having a vegan 4 course meal, that’s actually on the menu. no calling beforehand to see if the restaurant caters to vegans, no un-inspired second rate veggie dishes, next to meat dishes overpowering your smell sense. all this thanks to vegetarian / vegan restaurant natural selection here in portland.

we had a lovely time, enjoying their food, drinks, and friendly and relaxed atmosphere. the dishes are centered around veggies, fruits and grains, with optional wine pairing (which i had). the venue is charmingly rustic, with an open kitchen, so we could see what the chefs were up to the whole night.

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the service was great, with just the proper amount of time in-between courses. the food beautiful and interesting, with a few extra surprises along the way, making us feel proper spoiled.

this was my look for the day btw.
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ok let me walk you through the menu. first up was this cutesy aperitif. i’m usually not a fan, but this had an almost christmasy taste which was lovely.
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next up was a little surprise dish – an absolutely gorgeous arancini (fried rice ball) with curry sauce. it was exactly as good as it looks.
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the first course was probably my favourite – roasted matsutake mushrooms with black lentils, beets, and stewed greens. you know i’m a sucker for mushrooms, and the lentils were cooked perfectly. 
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another surprise dish – can’t remember exactly, but i believe it was japanese pear, with radishes and some sort of roots.
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second course was this gorgeous salad, with radishes, endives, dates, pear, grapefruit and shiso. 
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next up – this delicious dish with a base of potatoes i believe, crispy fried polenta and an absolutely delicious harissa cream.
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palate cleanser. totally yummy.
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me and david shared two different desserts – both of them gorgeous. this first one was probably my favourite though, a pumpkin tapioca parfait, with berries and topped with an orange sorbet. very sweet yet fresh.
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this second dessert was david’s favourite – a persimmon and apricot cake with banana mousse, blood oranges and almonds. how pretty is this !?
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and that was it. we went home totally happy and relaxed. it was truly a food experience i’m happy to have had.
a big thank you to natural selection for taking such good care of us. we will definitely be back next time we’re in portland !

we’ve been filming a lot at the restaurants we’ve been visiting here in portland, so stay tuned for some video of this gorgeous place too.

love // jenny

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happy cow’s favourite stockholm restaurants

5 Comments

  1. Sigh… I wish we had something similar over here! Sadly, Ireland is miles away from fine dining vegan restaurants.

    Thanks for sharing this gem!

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  3. Will definitely be trying this place! I live 3 hours from Portland and have never visited. As a new vegan I am ready for a Portland trip! Thank you for this post!

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