Freshly arrived in Portland, and hungry. Our hosts are Anne and Chris, although they were both out of town when we arrived. Luckly, Portland is terribly easy to traverse with public transportation, and we found our way to their home in the Southeast without any issue.
Chris recommended the two pubs near us for good eats. After dropping our bags and befriending the cat, Mika aka Meep, we walked the 2-3 blocks to the Horse Brass Pub in hopes of noshing on a Scotch egg.
Similar to the pubs in England, the Horse Brass was a casual yet boistrous social hub for the neighborhood. Families, friends and co-workers were settled comfortably into their booths or tables, sipping a pint and grubbing some food. The selection of beer on tap was amazing, with a heavy emphasis on Oregon-made beverages. When we were undecided, they let us sample a few until we found the beer we wanted.
Sure enough, the Scotch egg was on offer, cut into wedges and served warm with mustard and potato chips. It was fancier than I’d ever had in England – which was mostly eating out of a paper bag from the deli or butchery. I’d also never had them warm before.
T got the fish and chips, half portion of the fish. A half portion was more than enough. The fish was a firm flavorful halibut. Wow, that was great fish.
I had the bangers for dinner. Served with a green salad and white bread and butter. I know, you’d have expected mashed potatoes with it. Again, a little surprising, but I am good with getting some leafy greens instead of more stodge. We had the chips with the fish meal as well. This food was fine, but the winner of the night was the fish. Good stuff!
Horse Brass Pub (Southeast, Belmont)