3545 SE Hawthorne, 231-0017 At Bower's Bakery & Deli on Hawthone, one can purchase fresh-sliced dry meat--not water-logged like a filet of lox--on a stuffed sandwich dressed with cream cheese, mayonnaise, mustard, horseradish, lettuce, tomato, and sprouts. After consuming this delicacy, one may have to do a few extra crunches with the personal trainer, but believe me, they are well worth it. Accompanying the fine sandy is a small cup of prepared salad and a cookie. The German potato salad resembles a pile of the mashed variety and is laced with a strong dose of vinegar. The traditional potato is flavorful in the traditional sense, but not weighed down by one half-gallon of blubbery mayonnaise.
Also, for a mid-morning pick me up, try one of their baked delicacies. The caramel frosted cinnamon roll is decadent. While the frosting looks overwhelming, it's not oversweet and may cause feverish finger-dipping. KS
7901 NE Glisan, 257-3509
Bombay Palace, while neglectful of some of the more basic tenets of South Asian cuisine, does some things very well. The Lamb Masala, for example, is cooked to perfection, the tender chunks of meat falling right off the bones. The lamb, said to be imported from New Zealand, is bathed in a highly aromatic and spicy brown gravy that is gutsy and satisfying. The dish is also available in a boneless format, but if you're willing to slave for your supper, leave the bone in--it adds a musky, marrowy element to the cooking. Skip the lunch buffet, and try to cajole the kitchen into preparing something fresh; otherwise, you'll suffer through mild overcooked curries, Minute Rice, and cardboard naans. PL
425 SW Stark, 525-0033
Madame B. serves Japanese-French fusion, and while I am normally skeptical of trendy fusion food, the menu sticks to the basics and doesn't try to blend the unblendable. Moreover, they provide late-night eats which don't involve lots of frying. There are a number of standard sushi rolls available: California, Shrimp, Eel, and Spider. And the only slightly fusion-y roll, the Asparagus Roll (asparagus, tempura, cream cheese, and garlic) is saved by the fact that it's not too complicated. But the Kushikatsu is the definitely best item on the menu. Chicken, pork, and fish are breaded, fried to a light crisp, and served on a stick. The menu also features about ten innovative drinks, including the Icy Moon (frozen sake with peach nectar), all of which are delicate and balanced, and many involving sake and a variety of fruit juices. KD