Thursday, December 23, 2010

Clementine Bistro and Bar

510 NE 28th Ave
Happy Hour: Tuesday through Sunday, 2 - 6 PM

Happy Hour is one of my most favorite ways to spend both my time and my money. It's a great way to go out exploring the many restaurants that Portland has to offer. It's cheaper than dinner, and it fits into my early-to-bed schedule. There are benefits all around. During the summer months, it's easy to fit in two or three happy hours per week, making blogging a great way to fill my time. During the school year, however, there never seems to be enough time to go out. At all. And so it has been more than a month since my last blog post. And, after all that time, the restaurant we picked is nearly an exact match...with only a new name on the front door. It was a bit disappointing to see that nothing had really changed...but at the same time, that meant that those super yummy portobella sliders were still on the menu. And they were still just as tasty as I remembered.

We were meeting a small group to celebrate a friend's birthday. The four of us were all coming from different directions, making the Clementine Bistro and Bar the perfect location to meet in the middle. It's on NE 28th just around the corner from Pambiche on Glisan. The bar itself is divided into multiple sections, and all but one (that was closed off for whatever reason) seemed to fill up during happy hour. And, despite the large number of customers, our server (who seemed to be the only one working--on the floor and behind the bar--for a large chunk of the time) was able to keep up with all of our requests.

We started with drinks. I tried a sip of all but the Bloody Mary (which I also missed taking a picture of...). There were multiple Hurricanes, a Moscow Mule, and a Lime Gimlet (still one of my new favorite go-to drinks). Everything was made fresh and served in chilled glasses. The Lime Gimlet was especially yummy, having the perfect mix of lime and sweetness. The hurricane was sweet, too...dangerously so.

Having remembered the vegetable plate to be something substantial, we decided to share an order. It was listed on the menu at four dollars, but was definitely NOT worth the price. There were a few carrot sticks, a few celery sticks, some broccoli florets and a few slices of cucumber. The old version was HUGE in comparison.

Sliders are listed twice on the happy hour menu, offering them at two for $2.99 or 3 for $3.99. (They are just two dollars each on the regular menu, if you get there after six--or decide two minutes too late that you want MORE.) There are four flavors to choose from. I avoided the top three (beef, chicken and fish) and went for what I remembered to be quite tasty (mushroom and grilled onion). They seemed a bit heavy on the mayo...but, were still good enough to make me want to go back.

Food: Meets
Drinks: Meets
Service: Meets
Ambiance: Meets
Value: Nearly Meets (if only the veggie plate wasn't so small)


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