Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Ned Ludd - Portland, OR
Ned Ludd is an interesting name for a restaurant suggesting minimalist or anti technology means of preparation, organic foods, and Portlandia.
Yet when you step inside, you don't see minimal decor but a a studied design of aged wood and potpourri of quintessential old Northwest. Most prominent is the brick hearth.
Whole Roasted Trout, charred leeks, and spring salad could be considered one of Ned Ludd's signature dishes. The trout had a desirable crispiness where it hadn't become soft from contact with the salad. The trout had minimal seasoning, where it seemed the thought behind its preparation was to accentuate the natural flavor and freshness of the trout. The bones had been removed so the whole fish could be and was consumed minus a small section of collar. Yes, even the eye was eaten. I could have done without the leeks stuffed inside the trout although it probably imparted subtle flavoring to the trout. The salad and in particular the dressing was notably tart and dominated the salad. For me, the salad detracted from rather than highlighted the trout. Overall it was a nice preparation but it wasn't enough to justify a $21 price tag.
Cock n' Bull is always a welcome treat.
Restroom Rating: 7.8. Nice, clean, and more of the Northwest, like being in a cabin.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1