Have I mentioned how much I love Living Social lately? I love that there is a new deal daily, and these deals offer 50% savings (sometimes more!) on local restaurants and services. Living Social has allowed me to discover so many new places to eat that I would have probably never tried otherwise. That’s how I discovered the Isabel Pearl.
Order: I ordered the Coconut French Toast ($9) and my husband ordered the Breakfast Burrito ($8)
Location: 330 NW 10th Avenue in Portland
What I Think:
Before visiting a restaurant, I usually visit the website and check out the menu if it’s available for online viewing, so that I can get an idea of what I’d like to try when I visit. I am glad that I did that with the Isabel Pearl, because, otherwise, we would have likely visited at a lunch hour rather than for breakfast, and after perusing the menu I knew what I wanted to try: the Coconut French Toast! Just typing out Coconut French Toast makes my mouth start to water.
When we drove past the Isabel Pearl, we almost missed it. It has a very modern, minimalist style to the exterior of the building that doesn’t scream out “I’m a restaurant!” The interior decor is also quite modern and minimalist. It’s a very hip, clean, streamlined type of place, with a nod to steampunk/industrial influence.
The Coconut French Toast is more like a celebration of coconut and the bread rather than the typical custard-y french toast that I expected. That said, I was thrilled with this off-the-beaten-track interpretation of French toast.
The bread is very crusty and is slightly sweet and has a very chewy texture. It was thick cut and very lightly coated with an egg custard (while most bread is dredged through the egg custard, this instead seemed like it had been lightly brushed with it) and then coated with coconut. It was cooked until the coconut was golden brown.
The result is a lightly crisp, deliciously bread-y coconut breakfast treat. I love the chewy texture of this, it was incredibly satisfying. The rim of the plate was garnished with a raspberry puree, and if I were to offer any type of complaint at all about this dish, it would be that I would have liked to have more puree so that I could use this instead of the syrup.
My husband seemed to enjoy his Breakfast Burrito, but did state that he thought there was too much of the cheese and egg in the burrito and he would have liked a little something else inside. The deliciously seasoned black beans was his favorite part of the dish. It wasn’t overtly spicy, but had a little bit of heat to it. He shared a few bites of it with me and I must say that it was quite tasty, but I think I probably liked it better than he did … but not enough to swap plates! There was no way I was giving up my French toast!
My Final Thoughts:
As you probably have gleaned from my review, I loved the French toast. I enjoyed how deliciously different it was from the usual French toast. YUM! The breakfast burrito was enjoyable also. This is a place I’d be happy to visit again.