Måurice - Portland’s French Luncheonette

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Nine months ago, we shared a magical lunch. It transformed our average Friday into a memorable event, transporting us away from the gloomy grey of Portland to a sunny picnic blanket in France. Such is the power of savoring a beautifully prepared meal. We’ve been meaning to sing the praises of this sweet luncheonette spot ever since, and last week Remodelista beat us to it. No matter — the more recognition the better for our favorite midday spot in Portland: Måurice.

A petite interior with layered textures in white, Måurice is the quintessential French pastry luncheonette. Color and accents are provided not by decor but through the bright simplicity of the dishes.

Scallops with blood orange segments, paired with a lovely rosé. Tasteful dining with Duralex glassware, various pieces of vintage china and silverware.

Shaved carrot salad with sliced prunes, cilantro, coriander and fennel. The texture on this dish was outstanding and simple.

We could say this dish was too pretty to eat but that would be a lie. We may or may not have licked the plate. Salad of beets, sweet pea greens and winter citrus atop a feta cream.

 The quiche! So good and warm and buttery that we could not stop eating to take a picture.

The quiche! So good and warm and buttery that we could not stop eating to take a picture.

 Fresh from the oven, this warm pear, honey and pumpkin seed tart was the perfect light dessert to finish off the meal. We also appreciated the sweet details: silver carafes for the cream and the small wood handled dessert fork.

Fresh from the oven, this warm pear, honey and pumpkin seed tart was the perfect light dessert to finish off the meal. We also appreciated the sweet details: silver carafes for the cream and the small wood handled dessert fork.

The food stands out not only for its beautiful presentation, but by the love and attention evident in each delicious dish. Owner and head chef Kristen Murray honed her craft on both coasts as well as in France. Her Gallic experience is evident in every bite (especially the quiche).

Shannon first met Kristen when she was working alongside the legendary Robert Reynolds at Chef’s Studio. Together they mentored many of Portland’s best chefs who were lucky enough to pass through the school. Kristen is always ready with a kind word and a warm smile; it is her personality that adds the final touch of perfection to a truly delightful meal.

 Our favorite place to sit is at the counter, witnessing the preparation of each course and the skill in the kitchen.

Our favorite place to sit is at the counter, witnessing the preparation of each course and the skill in the kitchen.

Måurice
921 SW Oak St, Portland, OR 97205
Owner: Kristen Murray
http://www.mauricepdx.com/