What a fabulous treat! I had never been to EaT before and I was mad that I hadn't ... Simply put, it was good :)
The restaurant is situated in North Portland in a nice part of town, in an upscale strip mall of sorts. Inside, it looks like a typical bar. Don't be fooled the food is much better than bar food.
First thing we ordered was Le Tourment Vert - a French absinthe which was simply heavenly. It had a wonderful liquorice, anisey taste; reminded me of ouzo or sambuka. Just loved it! The drink comes with its own ornate ice water dispenser and a balancing ice cube perched on top of a beautiful spoon. You drip ice water onto the ice cube and into the gorgeous green drink. You can adjust the water level and sugar level to suit your taste. I was so fascinated by it that I was too slow in closing the tap... be warned... its green is spellbinding...
For starters, we obviously had to have their mix 'oysters on the half shell', after all it IS an oyster bar. Our mix came with the Olympia oysters, Fishhook Fjords, and something else which I can't remember. Well I'm sorry but the absinthe was doing its job quite well!
Next, I looked over the menu and quickly saw something something... FROG LEGS! Woo hoo! I have been wanting to have good ones for a longgg time. The one time I had tried em' before, they were very rubbery. I've been told that's not how they are supposed to taste. So.. I gave em' another try. I always give things three chances. I mean, come on. The service must've been off that day, the chef could've had a bad day? or the chef didn't know how to cook it. Who knows? So why not give it another chance and dive in?
I was super pleased that I tried frog legs again. I LOVED them. They were very tender, succulent and like they say.. it actually tasted like wild chicken. EaT knows how to make em'; slightly breaded and fried, it comes with a fantastic dip. It has mayo, vinegar and curry powder (the UK variety not Indian). Looks like mustard but isn't. It was a beautiful pairing.
We then shared a dish which EaT was famous for, their Shrimp Etoufee. If you like spicy foods, this is a MUST. Beautiful creole food at its best. A lot of heat, but done just well enough that you can taste the flavors, creaminess of the roux and the simplicity of the classic trinity.
Overall a great place to go to. The only bad thing I would say is, the place fills up very quickly and its a small place, so be prepared to eat at the bar. For more info, check it out at http://www.eatoysterbar.com/