Wanted to try a tasting menu at Le Pigeon, chef Gabriel Rucker’s restaurant on East Burnside, but was a little pressed for time so just stopped in to try their famous burger. I got there right when they opened at 5pm and the counter had almost filled up already. It’s a very small restaurant, with an L shaped counter in the middle surrounding a small open kitchen where you can watch the chefs do their thing, along with a few tables.
butter lettuce salad, blue cheese dressing
Thick square patty charred on the grill, cooked medium rare as requested and topped with shredded cheddar cheese, which melted onto it. The bun was also square shaped like the patty, and crusty. Kind of like a baguette but not overly difficult to bite into. It was toasted on the grill as well and a little charred. Dressed with a shredded lettuce slaw and pickled onion, along with ketchup and mustard. It was served on what looked like a cutting board alongside a simple butter lettuce salad dressed with a blue cheese dressing, with a few chunks of blue cheese mixed in. Had a knife stuck in it. A little difficult and messy to eat due to the thickness of the burger patty and the structure of the bread, I was getting lettuce slaw all over the place. I maybe should have sliced it in half with the provided knife. This was a really good burger. Very juicy and beefy. The mustard was very strong and was sinus clearing, kind of had the effect of a horseradish or wasabi. The bun was a little crunchy and sopped up some of the sauce from the slaw and the juices from the burger.
Foie Gras Profiteroles ($16)
caramel sauce, sea salt
For dessert, I had the foie gras profiteroles. Choux pastry with foie gras ice cream inside, atop a pool of foie gras butter infused salty caramel sauce, dusted with powdered sugar mixed with dehydrated powdered foie gras. Foie gras overload. This was excellent, sweet and salty and rich.
Service is included in the prices.