Eat Portland : Le Pigeon – Foie All the Courses!

On our most recent trip to Portland, we paid a visit to Le Pigeon. We’d heard about it from friends who enjoy food as much as we do, so I was quite pleased that we were able to score seats without reservations. Foie gras for every course of our meal was not the original plan. When we saw the menu, however, we could not resist. California had just recently banned foie gras, so we took advantage of being in Oregon’s borders.

Le Pigeon Le Pigeon

The starter – Foie Gras & Eel Pot au Feu w/ dumplings, pears, unagi consomme. An absolutely gorgeous dish, although when I first read the menu, it wasn’t quite clear to me what the dish would look like. The foie gras was so buttery, and it was seared to perfection.

Le Pigeon - Starter

One entree – Burger with butter lettuce salad and blue cheese dressing. I found out much later that they only make five burgers each night, so we were lucky to have tried one on our first visit! I remember it being quite saucy, but absolutely tasty. The salad that it came with was darned good too. Each layer of lettuce was individually dressed. At $12, I am surprised we even got to try it at all!

Le Pigeon - Burger

The other entree – Summer “Thanksgiving.” Yes, it looks like a pile of meat, but it’s actually quite involved. I asked them to write this down for me because it was such a description that I couldn’t memorize. Here goes: Duck breast stuffed with turkey and foie gras sausage wrapped in ham with a green bean mushroom casserole in sherry cream; a savory Oregon oyster stuffing, a spicy cherry sauce with a gibblet gastrique!

Le Pigeon - Summer Thanksgiving

What a lovely blend of flavors! The oyster stuffing might have been my favorite part only because of my love for oysters. I almost didn’t share with Ryan because it was so good.

Finally, dessert! Our pants could barely keep up with the expansion of our waists after the meal, but we went for it anyway. We ordered the Foie Gras Profiteroles w/ caramel sauce and sea salt. Foie gras butter and foie gras ice cream! Found the recipe here! What we didn’t realize was that our check would come with another foie treat – in chocolate form.

Le Pigeon - Dessert Le Pigeon - Dessert

A bit of a foie overload, so that should hold us over until we are out of state again.

Now that we have visited the restaurant once, I cannot imagine any future Portland visits without a meal there. Perhaps we will give the sister restaurant, Little Bird Bistro, a try!

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  • nannersp

    Looooooved Le Pigeon! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip!

    • I did! :) We hit Portland at just the right time, apparently when summer weather started.

  • caryn

    omg, that looks absolutely delicious!

    • And it was! :D SO GOOD.

  • P.S. no ban here.

    • Well then. You know what our itinerary for September looks like! :P

  • That burger and butter lettuce salad look amazing. Butter lettuce is delicious.

  • Wow! Foie gras ICE CREAM! I can’t even imagine!

    I recently tried foie gras for the first time. I didn’t even know what it was until right before the ban when the restaurant I work at offered it as an appetizer one night. Definitely need to acquire a taste for it (AKA I didn’t like it), but I’m at least glad I got to try it before it officially got banned.

  • Heather

    What a divine dinner! I must go up there someday soon and eat my way through town.

    • Yes, it really isn’t so far away, and they’ve got quite the scene when it comes to food. WAY more food carts than San Francisco, that’s for sure.

  • perhaps you will take your sister to the sister restaurant!!

    • :) When is the sister going up to Portland?

      • when you take me to portlandia harhar.. maybe we can visit Jenny and stop by portland :D

        • Flying to Seattle is actually cheaper than flying to Portland, sadly.

          • exactly.. fly to visit jenny and drive down to portland. she’s down for shopping tax free heheh

          • omg best idea ever. OK. DONE. Have to fit it into schedule :(

  • Foie chocolate???