We were urged to go to The Painted Lady for dinner, by everyone we met so far on the trip – our bubbly innkeeper Jen, the dude behind the wine counter, and two fellow guests at the B&B. Set in a charming house a couple blocks off the Main Street in Newberg, The Painted Lady is a delightful restaurant with attentive waiters, the freshest local produce, and local Oregon wines.
We selected the 7 course chef’s menu and split the wine pairings – although the waiters were still so generous with their pours, we left many unfinished glasses.
The dungeness crab cannoli was absolutely delicious – fresh, light, with just the slightest tinge of lemon zest that recalls picnics in green fields and blue skies (yesterday was a drizzly day). It paired beautifully with the 2011 Trisaetum Coast Range Riesling, which was slightly off-dry.
Our favorite dish of the evening, we both agreed, was the foie gras two ways – first the torchon with beet gelee (the beet was wonderfully sweet!) and then a generous slab of seared foie gras on poached pear. Cholesterol be damned. I would have contentedly polished off a entree sized portion of the pan seared foie, if only to feel the burst of fat and oil flood my mouth everytime I took a bite.
The portions were large, and by the time we got to the lamb, I had to push my portions away to Jeff, who happily obliged. But even he admitted defeat when they brought out the tiered trays of chocolate and tiny macaroons. Hehe so we brought them back to enjoy while on our grueling wine tasting today (8 wineries planned!)