Seldom finding restaurant descriptions compelling, I'll tell you an Uptown-shaping story:
As a young assistant manager at a 5-star Caribbean resort 20 years ago, when $1000/night was unheard of, I asked the resort owner why each year we failed to make Conde Naste's "Gold List" despite being 100% booked a year in advance. He replied, "Because we don't have a pool; 25% of the score is based on a pool." I retorted, "You've got 30 acres-why don't you build one?" To which he replied, "Because if I built one everybody would use it!" I failed to see the logic. "And?" I asked. "Because people tend to do what they are most familiar with and in our case, they'll miss the beauty. If all they remember is the pool, they’ll find one closer to home next year. Here, their memories should be of (pointing) THAT sun setting over THAT Caribbean ocean with their toes in the sand. I’m not here to give people what they're familiar with, Kent, I'm here to provide something they'll never forget."
The inspiration behind Cerulean in the Pearl was a Bistro in Paris or a Caffe in Florence - a place to enjoy good friends, good food, and good wine. Cerulean serves a seasonal menu, which will change occasionally as our chef makes new finds at the Farmers Market each weekend. We use local and organic products as much as possible, which complement Cerulean's wines made from the owner's organic vineyards. In addition to wine, we serve beer and cocktails. Cerulean features multiple seating areas with couches perfect for meeting friends, intimate tables for sampling food and wine, and 12 seats at the 30-foot long, beautiful bamboo and steel tasting bar, as well as open air seating during warmer months in Portland.
900 Wall's contemporary-rustic ambiance, coupled with its upbeat, laid back atmosphere makes this downtown restaurant a staple among locals and visitors alike. The menu changes seasonally and Executive Chef Cliff Eslinger's appreciation for the use of local purveyors and sustainable products are only a side note to the wonderful flavors and presentation.