When we moved to Oregon about 10 years ago, one of the allures of Salem was that we were still within distance of hearing the siren calls of Portland. So we imagined ourselves spending occasional weekends in the Rose City whenever we tired of our provincial roost.
One of those places we hung out at was The Heathman Restaurant & Bar at The Heathman Hotel. Sometimes, we would make an occasion of it and have dinner at the wonderful restaurant and then stay the night in town and play for the weekend before heading south to home.
It was and is the perfect combination of what we love about the northwest: cuisine that derives its identity from Oregon and its unique flavors, and an atmosphere of sophistication that belies the laid-back roots of Oregonians.
Just like the city and life in the Northwest, The Heathman Restaurant & Bar is always evolving, so we look forward to new twists and turns and developments.
The latest is a new cocktail menu that features beverages inspired by the restaurant’s dishes.
Celebrated bar chef Kathy Casey of Liquid Kitchen has collaborated with The Heathman Restaurant & Bar to bring new flavors to Portland’s landmark restaurant. The drinks include farm-fresh herbs, local artisan wine and spirits, fresh elixirs, infusions, and cocktail perfumes. The Heathman Restaurant & Bar partnered with Casey to add vibrancy to its drink menu and reflect the simple, flavorful dishes of Michael Stanton, Executive Chef, that balance fresh Pacific Northwest ingredients with French-inspired dishes.
“A well-conceived and balanced cocktail can be an integral component of a dining experience,” said Stanton. “With the new cocktail menu, we’re taking our cue from culinary influences and featuring memorable drinks that have a connection to our region and complement our flavorful Pacific Northwest cuisine with a French twist.”
“The Heathman Restaurant & Bar is a Northwest institution, and Executive Chef Stanton seamlessly blends its long and delicious history with French-inspired cuisine,” says Casey. “I am pleased to partner with them to imbue the bar’s cocktails with the same sense of place, taste, and elegance.”
Highlights from the Heathman Restaurant & Bar’s new signature cocktail menu include:
Luxury Spiced Vermouth Manhattan
Rye, House-Spice Infused Red Vermouth
Liquid Kitchen Golden Era Bitters
Stirred and Served up with a Spirited Cherry & 23K Gold ($14)
Signature Tea Court Lounge Punch
Rum, Cognac, Pomegranate, Guava, Orange & Lemon Juices
Fonte Earl Grey Tea Spiced Syrup
Angostura Foam ($12)
(with an individual tea pot service)
Reposado Tequila, Combier d’Orange, Fresh Lime
Organic Agave Nectar, Fresh Rosemary
Topped with a Float of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir ($11)
Northwest Grapefruit Negroni
Local Gin, Carpano Antica, Campari, Combier Pomplemousse ($14)
Oregon Berries & Bubbles
Local Vodka, Oregon Raspberry Puree
Lemon Elixir, Argyle Sparkling ($12)
So the next time you’re in the Rose City, make plans to dine at The Heathman Restaurant & Bar and make sure you come a little early so that you can have a cocktail while you wait for your table.
For details on The Heathman Restaurant & Bar’s new cocktail menu, go to www.heathmanrestaurantandbar.com.