More than two years after first announcing intentions to open a bar next-door to his longtime restaurant Navarre, chef/restaurateur John Taboada has made it official at the spot, recently christened Angel Face. (As Eat Beat reports, the odd name pays homage to the late Robert Reynolds and is punctuated by a "stained glass cherub" above the bar.)
According to Taboada (who also owns E. Burnside's Luce), Angel Face is currently running on an "abbreviated menu," featuring French-influenced dishes like salad Niçoise, egg meurette (eggs poached in red wine), and assemble-your-own steak tartare. Those dishes could be paired with Champagne, but a couple familiar faces are behind the bar, lending their improv skills to guests' tastes: Kelley Swenson (who crafted celebrated cocktail menus at June and Ten 01) and Tim Davey (formerly of Spirit of '77 and Beaker & Flask) go menu-less at Angel Face, shaking up cocktails based on guests' preferences.
Angel Face is open now. Hours of operation: 5p.m. to midnight, Sunday through Thursday; 5p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday.
· Introducing Angel Face, Navarre's Feminine Counterpart [Eat Beat]
· All Previous John Taboada Coverage [Eater PDX]
Photo of Angel Face courtesy Jen Stevenson