Portland's Metrovino Debuts Winter Menu
(Portland, Oregon) - Comfort favorites are on the new winter menu at Portland’s Metrovino, the recently opened restaurant and bar owned by Todd Steele, with executive chef Gregory Denton.
Steele offers the city’s most extensive list of wines by the glass with the Enomatic wine preservation system.
“The depth of this list gives us a chance to pair hard to find wines with our seasonal food and add playful wine flights for people to really explore our wine list,” said Steele. With experience in San Francisco restaurants Aqua and Farallon, and most recently as manager and wine director of Nick’s Italian Café in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Steele combines a love for the grape with a keen sense of pairing wine and food.
For executive chef Gregory Denton, the winter season in Oregon means fresh whole trout, local Anderson Ranch lamb, grilled fennel, Basquaise made with peppers and Willapa clams, as well as alpine cabbage soup and grilled persimmons show up on his seasonal menu. With a strong leaning toward local, Denton also infuses European classics from France and Italy, as well as regional Asian dishes into his version of a west coast New American cuisine.
As the first chef de cuisine appointed at the Michelin-star restaurant, Terra in Napa Valley, Denton worked closely with acclaimed James Beard award-winning chef Hiro Sone. Denton puts intense thought into each flavor combination and takes pride in sourcing local and seasonal ingredients when possible.
Some new and signature dishes on Metrovino’s winter menu include: Roasted marrow bones with parsley-red onion salad and grilled bread; grilled persimmons wrapped in bacon with blue cheese, arugula and toasted almonds; alpine cabbage and bread soup; and more.
Owner Todd Steele enjoys creating wine flights with his staff, culling from more than 80 wines kept fresh longer with his Enomatic machines. With so many options, his list of wine flights change as often as the seasonal menu. “We love having fun with the flights and pairing some popular wines with obscure labels not usually found around the city,” said Steele. Currently there are 15 wine flights on the menu.
Metrovino is located in the north end of Portland's Pearl District (NoLo), overlooking Tanner Springs Park on the Portland Street Car line. It opened in May 2009, offering an inspired menu featuring refined, yet rustic, New American cuisine, where executive chef Gregory Denton uses time-honored techniques and flavor combinations to prepare fresh, local ingredients simply and in season.
Utilizing both an Enomatic wine system and a Perlage sparkling system, the bar features 80 still and sparkling wines by the taste, glass or bottle, plus a strong list of locally distilled and internationally renowned spirits and beers.
Metrovino also features a Natura Water System to eliminate the need for bottled water.
When renovating the restaurant, great care went into choosing sustainable materials, such as recycled and fully recyclable carpets, reclaimed wood, and as much material from the former restaurant as possible. Metrovino is open for dinner Monday to Saturday 5:30 to close with Happy Hour Monday to Friday from 4-6 p.m. For more information and reservations, please call 503-517-7778 or visit www.metrovinopdx.com