Located in the Ink48 hotel in what used to be a printing factory, Print is a true find. Serving seasonal ingredients, this off the beaten path restaurant opened in 2010 does not have the feel of being the restaurant in a hotel and truly stands out on its own. Its rustic and at the same time modern decor contributes to this feeling: wooden tables, pieces of wood representing the printing factory, as well as concrete walls creates a great atmosphere.
Menu wise, I had a feast there and I admit that choosing dishes from their menu was tough, so many of them being mouth watering. At first, the waiter asked if I wanted bread and it was of course a yes. Well, the bread they are proposing is from the menu: a rosemary and olive fougasse (a fougasse is a type of French bread), served with homemade butter. It not only looked good, but was delicious, airy, the Rosemary not being too overpowering. The only problem with such bread is that you would eat it all of it and not the rest of your meal...
Then came the appetizers. Mixing flavors from all over the world, they offer, for instance, a blood orange salad with medjool dates, almonds, mache and a citrus vinaigrette, a very mediterranean dish.
They also have sautéed chicken livers, served with roasted grapes, mushrooms and a balsamic reduction, a dish that chicken livers lovers would appreciate.
For the entrées, they have an impressive pork chop, served with hazelnuts and apples.
As well as roasted duck breast and confit, accompanied by kumquats, endives, almonds and, again, blood orange. The only thing I did not like in that dish was the endive that was really bitter. Otherwise, the duck was fantastic, the breast being perfectly cooked, pink, and the confit also delicious.
With my meal, I chose a glass of Pinot Noir, Andrew Rich, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2013.
Last was dessert that I tasted with a decaf espresso.
The first one was a chocolate hazelnut torte that was sublime, being very chocolatey and having a nice crunch.
The second dessert was a bit disappointing. It was a banana pudding Charlotte that came with an espresso ice cream. I thought that the lady fingers were a bit dry and the pudding itself not very tasty.
It was a nice dinner and even a surprising one, especially considering that I was not expecting to find such place other there. Print is quite a good restaurant that is worth knowing and trying.
Enjoy (I did)!
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