Chefs Sarah Pliner, Kat Whitehead and Jasper Shen, and Sommelier Leah Moorhead of Aviary - Portland, OR

1733 Northeast Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 287-2400
Hours: Mon-Thurs 5pm-10pm; Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm

At Aviary, cheery tulips, paintings and prints of birds, and low lighting manage to be sober but warm and welcoming at the same time. New York-trained chef trio and 2011 Portland Rising Stars Kat Whitehead, Jasper Shen, and Sarah Pliner join forces here with impressive lack of ego, and their resulting dishes and desserts—many of which have Asian-influenced flavor profiles—are incredibly creative. Dishes like Crispy Pig Ear, Coconut Rice, Chinese Sausage, and Avocado show a striking adeptness with texture. Whitehead’s Buttermilk Panna Cotta, with Mango Gelée, Passionfruit Sorbet, and Fennel Crisp—think mango haichu-meets-creamsicle—is as innovative it was mouth-watering. Sommelier and Ken Collura protégée Leah Moorhead is in love with whites, but has a great handle budget-friendly wines that complement the threesome’s cuisine.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Cauliflower Soup with Candied Chestnuts, Shiso Purée, and American Caviar
  • Warm Snap Pea and Black Barley Salad, Hon Shimeji Mushrooms, Citrus, Lily Bulb, and Black Barley Crisp
  • Crispy Pig Ear, Coconut Rice, Chinese Sausage, and Avocado
  • Buttermilk Panna Cotta, Mango Gelée, Passionfruit Sorbet, and a Fennel Crisp

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