Back on December 4th I posted a blog about the awesome weekend trip we were going to take to the OR Coast. I said that I would share the details of this adventure. Well getting sick delayed my sharing, however it was such an awesome trip I just have to tell you about it!
We started our OR Coast adventure on Friday December 4th by having breakfast in Portland at Pambiche. www.pambiche.com.
Pambiche is a Cuban restaurant that serves delicious food located at 28th and Glisan!
I have wanted to go to this restaurant for breakfast since Portland Monthly featured it in their March 2009 Breakfast issue. http://www.portlandmonthlymag.com
The reason that I decided to take Gayla there for breakfast on our way out of town was that my boss Scott swears to me that I have made Presidents Club and that I will get to go to Miami in March 2010. I have heard that in Miami you can get some great Cuban food and I wanted to check it out just case we do go.
Now given that I am a neurotic control freak I will not fully get my hopes up until I get my invitation, however does seem that Scott is right. It would be so cool to go! Presidents Club this year is held at the newly remodeled Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach. www.fontainebleau.com
Our Breakfast was awesome!! we started with Cuban Coffee and basket of Cuban pastries. For $5.00 you can a basket of Entremes – Cuban sweet bread. Our little basket had wonderful treats in it! – scones, biscuits, pound cake. The Passion fruit Chocolate Muffins were incredible!
We then had each ordered a wonderful breakfast entree. The breakfast menu has quite a number of entrees on it and it was tough to choose just one.
Gayla had the Revoltillo la Jardinera ( a Cuban garden scramble). and I had the Pisto Manchego – a traditional Cuban egg dish with tomatoes, potatoes, asparagus, and pimientos in a peppered egg scramble with a Spanish olive oil sofrito.
A sofrito is sauce made with tomatoes and it is made in many parts of the world – Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Puerto Rico and Cuba. In each place it is slightly different. A Cuban sofrito is made with onions, garlic, tomatoes and peppers.
We each also had fresh squeezed juice. Gayla had the fresh squeezed Naranja (orange) juice and I had the Pina Naranja (pineapple orange) juice.
We were given Banana sauce and it looked kind of like ketchup – it is bright red. I was surprised when I read the ingredients to see that it was made with bananas! It is sweet and a tangy and kind of reminded me of ketchup.
Yvonne was our server and she did a great job! She told us that we should come back for La Hora del Amigo (happy hour) as you can get some deals and sample number of different Cuban dishes in a small plates style. I would love go with my friend Jackson to La Hora del Amigo – I can see him really enjoying the experience.
Happy hour is M-F 2-6 and Friday and Saturday nights 10-12. Yvonne said that the evening happy hour is often crowded and that it better to come closer to 4 PM.
The seating inside is small and very limited l and I can imagine that it fills up quickly. They also have some seating outside (under cover).
One of the joys you can have while visiting Pambiche is the playful decor. The restaurant is very colorful and has lots of little details.
If you live in Portland and you want a fun breakfast experience I highly recommend Pambiche!