The other night, my friend and I enjoyed some great drinks and food at Beaker & Flask in the Central Eastside district.
We started with cocktails:
Game Warden: Bourbon, fresh orange and lemon juice, pinot noir grenadine*, egg white
Sal’s Minion: Aged rum, pineapple gomme**, coconut water ice cubes
*This added a unique and delicious depth to this drink.
**I has no idea what this was, but the drink was tropical and tasty!
Then we made dinner of two shared dishes:
Grilled Oregon sardine, gold beets, asparagus, grilled lemon, aioli
Pork cheeks, braised peppers and onions, pickled octopus, aioli
Yes, that was a lot of aioli, but man, was it worth the calories! I especially loved the pork cheeks with octopus — great textures and flavors.
Finally, we popped into B&F’s recently opened sister property, the Rum Club, for a couple of signature old fashioneds. The den-like bar was fairly quiet when we were there, but it’s a popular late-night hangout, especially with bartenders, chefs and other restaurant employees.
Photos courtesy of Jolie Griffin.