OBA!: "Prime Rib like buttah" Oba Tip by ccvisit

Oba, Portland: 3 reviews and 3 photos


OBA! is located in the Pearl District, which used to consist of run-down warehouses, but now the properties have been converted to loftier lofts.

It's Cuban fusion, meaning, nothing is really authentic Cuban soul food like mama used to make, but do not let that deter you. The food is DAMN GOOD.

It's a cool interiror, nice date place, but they also cater to large parties as well. Make reservations as they fill up. My mouth is watering as I write just remembering how tender that prime rib was! It almost hurts.

Good service as well. Maybe it was just the night we went, but it seemed as if all the women wait-staff had their hair up in Princess Leah (sp?) like fashion.

Favorite Dish: I had the 12 oz. Prime Rib (you can choose the 16 oz. if you so wish). Had it medium, but they have rare plus, medium plus, etc. to inidcate a state between rare and medium rare. Had no clue that even existed.

Had the Langostinos for appetizers. It's served over rice and nicely spicy. Fundido was a nice dip with mushrooms and some seafood, I think.

Bri had the swordfish w/ macademia crusts--oh man!!! Flavors in every bite and not just on the outside of the fish. My friends tell me that the fancy schmancy enchilada was excellent too.

Desserts: Banana cake to die for. It was almost like a tiramisu, but instead of lady fingers, they used banana cake. Cheesecake was only aight.

Address: 555 NW 12th Avenue, Portland OR 97209
Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: In the Pearl District.
Phone: 503-228-6161
Price: US$21-30
Rating: 5
Theme: Eclectic/International
Website: http://www.obarestaurant.com

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 7, 2004
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