Owned by South African expat and former Top Chef Miami contestant Micah Edelstein, The Feisty Lamb has been serving brunch five days a week on W Burnside since opening in July. Beginning immediately, it will roll out a la carte tapas and prix fixe tasting dinner menus on Fridays and Saturdays.
Edelstein tells Eater the farmers market will determine the menu; for instance, this weekend's tapas menu will feature heirloom tomato sliders and apple cognac gravlax. This weekend's tasting menu will spotlight grilled zucchini soup, served with curried squash blossoms, candied pickled coriander, and minted citrus yogurt, as well as smoked lamb bobotie, a sort of South African shepherd's pie served with graham marsala pecans and "splashes" of spiced cranberries.
Edelstein also gave Eater an update on brunch after one month in. Just like with her new dinner items, her brunch dishes evolve with the seasons, but two permanent items continue to anchor her menu: a lamb belly bacon breakfast sandwich and Uncle Woolfe's Breakfast, a dish named in her brother's honor, featuring a lamb chop, an egg, potatoes, and toast.
Edelstein has spent her life kicking around a dozen different countries, so expect her menus to likewise bounce all over the globe.
Edelstein came to Portland after closing her popular Miami cafe, neMesis, and when asked why she decided to sell neMesis and pack everything up to move to Portland, her answer was simple: Her reason was you.
After a month of visiting the nation's most important culinary regions, Edelstein was most enamored with Portland: Its Blue Star Donuts, its Salt & Straws, and its unflinching nerve when it comes to experimenting with flavors. She wanted to bring her food to a city "interested in trying new things."
The Feisty Lamb, 2174 W Burnside St., (503) 206-4253; Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday through Sunday, with tapas and tasting menus featured on Fridays and Saturdays, from 5 to 9 p.m.