We had dinner on 2/6/09 at Ned Ludd. There were five of us, and they actually allowed us to make a reservation (which in Portland is refreshing as you usually are forced to wait). The ambiance is casual and homey. The space is small but didnt feel like it. They have done a nice job with the rough-hewn wood booths and have spaced the tables out well enough so you dont feel like you are sitting on top of your nieghbors. The service was friendly, attentive but not too much, it was just right. We asked for a wine recommendation and got a very nice little bottle of Tempranillo (not the most expensive on the list). We all ordered appetisers to share (Cockscomb terrine, Charcuterie plate, flat bread, pickle plate). The liver shmear and the whole Charcuterie plate really stood out, the rest of the appetisers were tasty as well. Two of the outstanding dishes were the Pork Shoulder (tender and savory--went well with the braised cabbage and beans), the Beef Chuck (slightly charred and slightly spicy, but fall-apart in the center). We finished with the Smores and a glass of dessert wine.
Each couple paid $75 (plus tip) for a full meal with wine and dessert--not ONE person left any food on thier plates it was so tasty!
In these uncertain times I really hope they keep this level of quality. Obviously, being a new place, they have taken thier lessons to heart and are creating a really quality, affordable and intimate dining experience.
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