Mar 26, 2024 - Food and Drink

Bite Club: Dinner at Soho House Portland

A photo of a white dish on a table that has white asparagus and greenery on top.

Chef Matt Sigler sent a special of white asparagus with caviar to every table. Photo: Meira Gebel/Axios

When Soho House Portland opened last week, chef Matt Sigler — known for his fine-dining expertise at restaurants like Renata and Il Solito — debuted his highly-anticipated Italian-inspired menu for the members-only crowd.

  • Last weekend, Axios Portland was invited to dine at the restaurant to taste the first culinary offering from the ultra-luxe social club.

The menu: Unlike other fine-dining establishments where the fare is curated to only a few dishes, there's an ample number of small plates (like eggplant dip crudités, octopus and classic chopped salads), pasta (rigatoni with pancetta, cavatelli with lamb ragu), wood-fire pizzas and meat-heavy entrees.

  • We tried a bit from each section: fried olives, tuna crudo, beet salad, crab linguini and the maple-glazed pork chop.
A photo of a dish on a gray marble table with thin slices of fish and topped with chili oil.
The tuna crudo with grapefruit, avocado and chili crisp. Photo: Meira Gebel/Axios

The bite: Every dish was a winner, but especially the tuna crudo, which came accompanied by thin-sliced avocado, grapefruit and a topping of chili crisp. A fun twist on a dish with a hefty presence in Portland.

  • The linguini was not shy on crab (there were huge hunks of it in the arrabbiata sauce), and the spicy bean ragu with the pork was a surprise standout.
  • As a special, Sigler sent every table a dish of lemony white asparagus with caviar and white onion flower — and it was gone in a matter of seconds.

The bottom line: Reservations here may be more difficult to snag than at Kann. Unless you're a Soho House member (or know someone who is), tasting Sigler's latest, exceptional menu will take Samantha Jones-like precision.

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