Love of fine food launches Quaintrelle
Looking for a new dining choice? Sandi and Daniel Wilkens, owners of the popular Hanko's Sports Bar in Lake Oswego, invite the public to dine at their new restaurant, Quaintrelle.
The couple has a passion for fine food and has partnered with Emily Everett, who previously had her restaurant Mac! Mac and Cheesery at the location. Wishing to reinvent the restaurant to take advantage of the prime location on bustling Mississippi Avenue, Everett hired Bill Wallender to head the kitchen. He is the talented and inventive chef formerly of Ava Gene's and Little Bird Bistro.
And what's the significance of the name?
Everett explained that is the name a server at a favorite restaurant called her women friends upon arrival for brunch.
"He'd say, 'Oh my quaintrelles are here!'" she said.
"A quaintrelle is a woman who emphasizes a life of passion, expressed through personal style, leisurely pastimes, charm and cultivation of life's pleasures," according to quaintrelle.com.
The word seemed to capture all that the owners wished the restaurant to be.
Through Quaintrelle, Wallender offers Pacific Northwest-inspired cuisine focused on fresh, seasonal ingredients from local farms and orchards, with surprising combinations of vegetables and inventive meat and seafood dishes. Through his long career, Wallender has built relationships with local purveyors for sourcing the best ingredients. His style of cooking allows ingredients to speak, balancing flavor with texture and color for his inspired dishes.
The menu changes with availability of ingredients. You might find mushrooms and squash as starters as well as a vegetable dish that features sheep cheese dumplings. Entrees could include halibut with leeks, sea beans, miner's lettuce, celery, almonds and turmeric; and pork confit with rapini, cherries, mustard, greens and hazelnuts. Desserts might include a coffee pudding, which is more like mousse than pudding, with vanilla cream and shortbread cookies; and olive oil cake with lemon curd, huckleberries and pistachio nuts.
Quaintrelle is well-known for its invention cocktails, each of which is composed to be visually appealing and purposeful. The syrups and tonic water are made in-house.
The food and drink menus change according to season and availability, which can mean daily changes. For parties of eight or more they offer a family style prix fixe menu of seasonal offerings.
And seemingly to satisfy the Wilkens' appetite for fine food Quaintrelle offers a series Winemaker Dinners, where guests can sit side-by-side with local winemakers and enjoy intimate dinners with dishes thoughtfully paired with selections from the winemaker. The May 17 event features Pam Walden, winemaker at Willful Wine Co. Tickets to the four-course dinner are $75, which includes wine and gratuity. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.
The restaurant is located at 3936 N. Mississippi Ave. in Portland.
Enjoy happy hour at Quaintrelle from 5-6:30 p.m. every day.
To learn more, visit quaintrelle.co or call 503-200-5787.