My husband and I went on a Saturday evening for our weekly date night. We had been talking about going to MK Kitchen for a year or so, but with a toddler, it becomes habit to stay in. So, we were very excited to finally try the exciting menu.
He got a manhattan, and I got a glass of prosecco. He was pleased that the manhattan was boozy, and I noted that the prosecco by the glass is probably one of the sweeter that I've had.
To start, we had a side of the brussel sprouts, the gnocchi mac and cheese, and the duck liver creme caramel. The brussel sprouts were fried and deliciously crispy, but we both agreed that it could have used a vinaigrette. They were actually great with the cheese sauce from the gnocchi mac and cheese, which was fantastic. The gnocchi were soft and fluffy, and we regretted only getting the smaller portion. The pork belly in the mac and cheese was unfortunately incredibly tough, though. The duck liver creme caramel was good, but definitely rich and better for sharing. My husband isn't fond of liver, so tasked with the whole dish myself, I had to pack some for home.
For our main courses, I got the mushroom risotto and he got the Gaucho mixed grill. The mushroom risotto was loaded with local mushrooms, which was exciting at first, but after a while I found myself wishing that there was more risotto. The risotto itself was definitely overdone, but the flavors were excellent and without fault. My husbands Gaucho mixed grill was good, and the value was amazing, with there being four different varieties of meats. He was a bit disappointed by the "crispy" potatoes,which were delicious, but not crispy as marketed. More of a roasted fingerling. I found the duck confit to be overwhelming in salt content, which was surprising to me, since I usually love, love, love salt.
We finished with the house made sorbet, which came in blueberry, peach and raspberry, and came with a large chocolate chip cookie. Perfect portion size and a fantastic finish to the dinner. The peach sorbet was our favorite, without a doubt.
The absolute best part of the dinner was incredible service. We neither felt rushed, nor neglected. We love fine dining in Portland, and I can say that the service we had at MK Kitchen was equal to the best I've had at some of the top restaurants. I absolutely could not have been more impressed.