Portland is known for being a vegan-friendly city, with far too many vegan options to really list. One of the more unique and special establishments in Portland though is Farm Spirit. With its focus on locally sourced ingredients and dedication to honoring the horticulture of Cascadia, dinner at Farm Spirit is sure to be memorable. The restaurant is entirely vegan and offers two services a night, four days a week. Each service is a tasting menu, highlighting the best local and seasonal ingredients. (A gluten-free option is available upon request)
The passion and enthusiasm that the chefs have for local ingredients is endearing. The cozy 14-seat dining room is set up at an L shaped bar, where you can observe and interact with the small team of chefs. Each course is meticulously plated and service can at times seem a bit rapid. Each plate hits the table and once finished is quickly cleared away for the next course. The food and flavors were clean throughout our meal but we consistently wanted a bit more seasoning and spice. There’s a frequent use of fermentation that provides a sourness to many dishes , but this isn’t the sort of fermentation that will bring the pungent funk we often enjoy in Asian cuisines.
Dinner at Farm Spirit is an experience. From start to finish you will be impressed with the service and the food. The chefs put on a good show with their knowledge of ingredients, masterful use of refined cooking techniques and dedication to fresh, locally sourced, seasonal produce. We enjoyed our meal at Farm Spirit and believe it’s worth visiting at least once if you’re ever in Portland. We would, however, love to see bigger flavors incorporated into these small bites to elevate the food to the same level as the rest of the experience.
Reservations are required and can be made directly through Farm Spirit. They use a ticketing system, as described below from the Farm Spirit website:
Much like going to a concert or the theater, we pre-sell tickets to our dinners. Tickets are put on sale on the first of each month for the following month. For example, July tickets will go on sale on June 1st.
Tickets price varies by service and day, ranging from $60 to $80 per person. You also have the option of pre-purchasing wine or non-alcoholic pairings with your meal. An 18% standard fee is added at the time of purchase. You also have the option of purchasing beverage flights or a la carte beverages when you arrive the night of.
1414 SE Morrison Street, Portland, OR 97202
Two services a night, 4 days a week (Wednesday-Saturday)