Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Good Eats: Mediterranean Exploration Company; Portland, Oregon


Mediterranean Exploration Company  333 NW 13th Ave., (503) 222-0906.  D daily.  No reservations.  Diners line up to feast on the innovative eastern Mediterranean cuisine served family-style here.  The small-plates menu offers dishes from Israel and surrounding areas in a vibrant setting.  Decor is industrial, with a variety of seating, including some high round tables and a bar that works well for solo diners.  Cocktails are fun--I enjoyed a Peach Panther featuring gin and crushed ice that went well with the food--and draft beers and wine and plenty more are also available.  Menu highlights include the house pita with s’hug sauces, lamb meatballs with honey and saffron, and Lebanese baked eggplant with ground lamb and feta, and many people come especially for the dramatic grilled octopus tentacle.  More items from the extensive menu that are on my list for a return visit are the shalosh sauces, the labneh fried cauliflower, the Moroccan Brick Chicken, and the Nazareth kebabs.

interior at Mediterranean Exploration Company in Portland, Oregon
interior at Mediterranean Exploration Company in Portland, Oregon


interior at Mediterranean Exploration Company in Portland, Oregon
interior at Mediterranean Exploration Company in Portland, Oregon


bar at Mediterranean Exploration Company in Portland, Oregon
bar at Mediterranean Exploration Company in Portland, Oregon


Peach Panther cocktail at Mediterranean Exploration Company in Portland, Oregon
Peach Panther cocktail at Mediterranean Exploration Company in Portland, Oregon


Lebanese eggplant at Mediterranean Exploration Company in Portland, Oregon
Lebanese eggplant at Mediterranean Exploration Company in Portland, Oregon


octopus tentacle at Mediterranean Exploration Company in Portland, Oregon
octopus tentacle at Mediterranean Exploration Company in Portland, Oregon


salad at Mediterranean Exploration Company in Portland, Oregon
salad at Mediterranean Exploration Company in Portland, Oregon


scallops at Mediterranean Exploration Company in Portland, Oregon
scallops at Mediterranean Exploration Company in Portland, Oregon
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