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Bijou Cafe

132 SW 3rd Avenue, Portland, OR - (503) 222-3187
Posted By Deborah Pastor on 11/19/2010 2:18:00 PM
I visited the Bijou Cafe for breakfast in search of the perfect hash and I was not disappointed. I ordered the oyster hash; the potatoes were perfectly cooked and were fabulous, crunchy and brown on the outside, creamy on the inside, with plenty of caramelized onions and a wonderful herby seasoning. The oysters were a tad over-floured but they were also perfectly cooked and piping hot. Only one thing kept it from absolute perfection: the oyster flavor did not permeate the hash. It was as if they had been cooked separately and combined at the last moment. The potatoes should have had some oyster liquor thrown over them while cooking... but I am quibbling.

The roast beef hash was quite good (a bit too rough cut), the mushroom hash was flavorful, and the cornmeal pancake was merely pleasant. Go for the oyster hash. They didn't have the halibut or I would have tried that too.

The restaurant itself has a nice, upscale ambience, with a great selection of hot sauces (essential for hash) and even organic ketchup (which was definitely not needed)!

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3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
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The oyster hash at Bijou is loaded with perfectly cooked large oysters.
"The oyster hash at Bijou is loaded with perfectly cooked large oysters."
David Staskowski





Note the large chunks of beef in this hash.
"Note the large chunks of beef in this hash."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The interior is flooded with natural light even on a rainy NW day.
"The interior is flooded with natural light even on a rainy NW day."
David Staskowski


The counter seems to be a favorite place for catching up on the morning news.
"The counter seems to be a favorite place for catching up on the morning news."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


We're not sure what the unorthodox syntax means, but the
"We're not sure what the unorthodox syntax means, but the "Bijou, cafe" is a warm and welcoming breakfast spot."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle



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