The Wine Bar inside SE Wine Collective stands out among Portland bars for its hip and romantic setting: the opportunity to snack on Oregonian-inspired bistro bites inside of a working urban winery, often with views of actual winemaking taking place on the other side of the glass wall.
Starting December 1, it’ll expand its dinner menus, as well as add a family-style prix fixe option at $35 per person. With the updates comes a new name: Oui Wine Bar + Restaurant at the SE Wine Collective.
Chef Althea Grey Potter’s playful plates — like whipped ricotta with smoked honey and a “flight” of deviled eggs with crispy prosciutto or smoked trout — have been gaining momentum since she took over the small kitchen in 2014. With the expanded menu and prix fixe menu, it’ll be fun to watch how she’ll hone her style.
“The menu is inspired by the produce and the wines of the season,” the Ned Ludd and Lincoln alum tells Eater, “incorporating classic techniques with bold, global flavors. “
Potter’s new dishes join the unique wine list designed by SE Wine Collective owners, Kate Norris and Thomas Monroe, featuring both wines produced by the Collective’s 10-plus urban wineries and from around the world. Starting December 1, Oui will accept reservations and serve dinner Monday and Wednesday through Friday; on weekends, it’ll open early, at 1 p.m., for day-time wine-sipping.