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Oregon – Dundee Bistro


After all my wine tasting on Friday I needed a little bite to eat before making my way to the coast.  In the heart of Dundee is a place called the Dundee Bistro, which I had read about some time ago.  The Bistro is owned by the Ponzi family and shares a building with the Ponzi Tasting Room and Wine Bar

The bistro is cozy and airy, at the same time.  Booths line the windows in the main room, while tables surround the fireplace.  I settled in at the dining bar surrounding the kitchen, looked over the small but creative and inspiring menu and ordered. 

I started with a cup of their Spring Onion Soup.  This soup was delicate with a fresh onion taste!  A little bit sweet and complimented by the dabble of crème fraiche covered with fresh chives.  Although the soup looks a little creamy it was thin and light – a great way to start a meal. 

I also ordered a glass of Broadley 2002 Pinot Noir.  This was another winery I was not familiar with but boy did I pick a winner.  Luscious and deep; sophisticated.  I asked my server, Katie if the winery was local.  She pulled the bottle back out and we looked at the label, noting that the winery was in Monroe – a city I would just happen to be going through on Saturday!  This actually struck me as a little bit odd though, as there are no other wineries in that area.  Katie (I love people like this) took it upon herself to do a little research for me.  She asked her manager for more information and her manager got online, found the winery website, and printed off several pages for me.  It turns out this is a small winery with limited production, it is in Monroe, but the tasting room is open by appointment only and, according to the website, they are sold out of most current vintages.  Oh well. 

Next up was Duck Pate.  I started to dig in and then remembered I should take a photo, so it was prettier when it first arrived at my table! :-) I remember reading in Soul of a Chef, about how for a terrine you are judged not just on taste but on how consistent your slices are.  These were perfect!  And the pate tasted wonderful, too.  Smooth and the perfect liver taste.  I love when I get to assemble my food in different ways and you can see by this platter that I had lots of options!  Unfortunately, by the time I’d finished there was no room for dessert! :-(

I enjoyed my meal here so much that I decided I would stop back in on Sunday to try a few more menu items. 

Unfortunately on Sunday I didn’t even think to take one picture – except of my leftovers when I got home!  Dang it!  The soup had changed to Carrot Habanera.  This sounded really interesting and the soup on Friday was so good that’s where I decided to start.  I also ordered a glass of the 2002 St. Innocent Pinot Blanc Freedom Hill.

The soup was beautiful – a pale orange color, creamy with some thin, thin slices of grilled carrot and topped with a little cilantro and grated Parmesan.  The soup was so flavorful, although if I hadn’t known it was carrot I’m not sure I would have guessed that was the main ingredient.  There was just a slight burn from the habanera; it had a wonderful warming affect.  The crispy, clean taste of the Pinot Blanc was the perfect foil to the soup. 

I could have (and probably should have) stopped there but I’d already placed my order for a Smoked Chicken Pizza.  The pizza was topped with a light layer of tomato sauce, fingerling potatoes and ricotta cheese. 

The crusty was perfectly crisp without being burned, the chicken was lightly smoked and the fingerlings provided a wonderful contrasting texture.  At least when the pizza was warm.  When I had cold leftovers they were a little solid, I guess is the best way to describe them.  Still tasty, just a bit to bite through. 

On Sunday I arrived at a time that was not too busy, so I had a chance to talk to the sous chefs behind the dining bar.  We talked about the food and about Sub Rosa! I had not yet seen this article, and so in the course of various conversations on Friday and Sunday I’d asked people about it.  Most replied very quickly that it was just a virtual place.  Maybe they replied a little too quickly… or so I thought.  But after talking to the guys at the Dundee Bistro I got the real scoop and I knew they were telling the truth since a couple of them were sort of disappointed with the whole thing.  They had been planning their own little underground adventure and now feel like everyone will just think they got the idea from this site and all the publicity it’s generated. 

Anyway, if you are ever in the area I highly recommend the Dundee Bistro.  The food is good, the people are great and it’s a fun place to stop for a break in your wine tasting or on your travels from Portland to the coast. 

The Dundee Bistro
100-A SW Seventh Street (right on the main highway)
Dundee, OR 97115
Phone: 503.554.1650

  1. Tim permalink
    20-Apr-2005 9:44 am

    WOW what a blog! I would think that this is what blogs were meant to be in the great minds of the blog creators.

  2. Megan permalink
    20-Apr-2005 10:29 am

    What a fabulous trip! I\’m so jealous!!The Dundee Bistro sounds fantastic. I\’m drooling over the duck pate…

  3. Culinary permalink
    21-Apr-2005 6:29 am

    Thanks for your kind comment, Tim! The great thing about blogs is that they can be whatever you want them to be – that\’s the point! :-) I bet when you look back at yours in a month or so you are going to be surprised at how much you accomplished in your new job. It will remind you of all kinds of things you forgot about. :-) Hey M2! The trip was great! Reminded me that I really need to do this more often, as I\’ve gotten away from it over the last couple years. There\’s nothing better than a little road trip and lots of exploration. ~ B

  4. Michael permalink
    26-Apr-2005 9:58 pm

    What a great trip to Dundee! You had some great wine and some fabulous food, which is what it\’s all about. The Dundee Bristro is indeed a fine place to eat. We love Sub Rosa, but the Bistro will do in a pinch. If you want to order some of these hard to find Oregon wines, check out the Avalon Wine web site. the way, the wine bloggers have found Sub Rosa and are drinking the cellar dry. Richard James, British wine you linked to above cited a St. Innocent Dijon clone Chardonnay that goes with asparagus. page is Sub Rosa\’s tribute to Mother\’s Day. Everyone should love their mothers like this. Drop on by when the weather gets warm. Sub Rosa has a pretty open \’clothing optional\’ policy.

  5. Culinary permalink
    27-Apr-2005 9:57 am

    Hi Ann! Thanks for your comments – I think it would have been nice to run into you while I was in Dundee. It sounds like you have quite a handle on what\’s happening in the area. I\’d also like to know more about your connection with Sub Rosa… :-) ~ B

  6. Michael permalink
    27-Apr-2005 5:13 pm

    Hello, Ms. B! [big wave and nod to the North] Yes, next time you are in Dundee, we should get together and I can dig out a bottle of killer Old Vine Zinfandel from Sineann. And my connection to Sub Rosa….

  7. Culinary permalink
    28-Apr-2005 5:24 am

    Ann:Of course! I knew your name sounded familiar. :-) And with an offer like that I\’ll be sure to check in next time I\’m that way! ~ B

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