Gastro Mania Opens in Multnomah Village O’Connors Space.
Foie Gras Burger, anyone? Gastro Mania, a Mediterranean restaurant, is drawing crowds at their new location, which replaced Portland institution, O’Connors Restaurant.
Like so many Portland restaurants, Gastro Mania started out as a food cart before expanding to a brick and mortar restaurant in northwest Portland. The interior was renovated, giving it a more open, refreshed feel, something it desperately needed, though I’m peeved that they painted the old wood bar. The menu (below) features a somewhat odd mix of choices, with everything from calamari, octopus, salmon sliders, brisket, trout and the like. The pub has a nice deck area in back, will feature live music, and includes a private event space. Reports from a couple of neighbors tell me that so far the service needs serious improvement, but it’s opening week so I’ll cut them some slack – when I stopped by Annie Bloom’s Books last night, there was a crowd waiting for tables at the restaurant. Open for lunch and dinner plus brunch on weekends.
Now if we could just get Renner’s back – no movement since the fire as of this writing.
Gastro Mania is at 7850 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219.
George Maddox says
I was a regular at O’Connor’s and was happy to see it was reopening the music part. But fuck Gastro Mania for serving foie gras. Lost a customer.
Agree, a deal breaker
jay white says
Likewise, I’m sure.
Foie gras is delicious. Eat your heart out.
Please note that geese come up to the feeder and beg to be fed. They appreciate some pleasure before being slaughtered – and of course, they’re unaware of the future.
Every entity on this earth eats and/or is eaten by something.
Eating is inevitable. Survival is mandatory. We know what we kill, but not what’s killing us.
Deal with it.
That’s Rick Steves’ propaganda. Foie gras is a diseased liver produced by FORCED feeding. It is neither humane nor natural animal husbandry. Obviously you’ve never seen it in practice.
Deal with your own lack of empathy and conscience!
ASane Neighbor says
It is insane that a restaurant in Portland is serving Foie gras. That goes above and beyond just killing animals for food. That is torturing them for some ignorant person’s benefit. We need to protest and boycott this restaurant.
PDX Food Dude says
Actually, there are quite a few restaurants serving foie in the Portland area. It comes and goes as a special on menus.
It is odd to see it on this menu – doesn’t match with the rest of the selections very well.
Nancy OConnor says
stop with the selective outrage. You’re torturing me!
k b says
Agree about the Foie Gras… deal breaker
Yes to music in O’Conner’s Vault! Support live music but will never spend a dime in a place that serves foie Gras.
Take it off the menu! It’s cruel and not needed!
Jana wants good non-toxic food! says
I went to eat here. The menu is terribly meat heavy.
I ordered the couple of vegetarian dishes on the menu, but not at all certain they were truly veg.
Polenta– it was sitting in oil. Was it made with veg stock, water or meat broth? Couldn’t be certain or at all convinced given their ALL meat entrée list.
Side of roasted veggies– was a plate of overly roasted zucchini drowning in oil and spotted with a couple of red peppers served over a few lettuce leaves and dripping with dill sauce. The dill sauce was tasty, but seriously– it was all way over dressed and overcooked– and not at all something I’d expect from a restaurant. If you want to call it roasted zucchini, please do– because that was what it was! There was hardly another vegetable in sight!
I was lunching with a friend– she was able to get the Gastro plate with vegetables, rather than meat. They gave her a whole $2.00 off and the hummus tasted like way too much cumin. Odd.
Maybe it was the “C” team cooking today– it is Monday, after-all.
Please, work on a more balanced menu folks! Wow, just wow!! Not at all what I’d expect from Med cuisine.
Disappointing to say the least.
A Guy says
I’ve been looking forward to GM opening in the neighborhood. I checked it out last week for drinks and appetizers and was a little disappointed. Foie gras should be removed. Also, I’m not a fan of the OK-but-very-safe beer list… starting at $7/pint! Not many options for my vegetarian wife, which is a little surprising for a quasi-Mediterranean restaurant. Many of the menu items do sound great, but the appetizers were underwhelming – caprese salad especially was pretty phoned-in. This restaurant’s concept is great, and I will go back for a full-on dinner outing, but I’m hoping for improvements — and for more appropriate drink pricing!
Also: While I was a fan of O’Connor’s, I think GM did a nice job of keeping the “bones” of the establishment in place while giving it a nice, updated, Mediterranean-centric vibe.
Sarah K Small says
So glad to see some of the staff from O’Conner’s here! It’s a fave neighborhood spot that is being asked to better reflect it’s location. We like veggies! The salmon and lamb are v. tasty but would only be improved with some simple clean fresh tasty vegetables. The ‘drippin in oil’ comment kind of says it. And yes, Come on, get rid of the foi gois. When in Multnomah…
Carol Stampfer says
I was super excited about the new restaurant and but now that the menu is out…doesn’t fit with Multnomah. O’conners Even though old school stil has offerings for my very “portland” veggie-ish, healthy eating friends and family.
Here’s to ? in the vault.
Live Free says
Oh god the social justice warriors moralising to us again. Protest and boycott, give me strength. You need to get out more.
I miss O’Connors, but I was excited to try the new place. However I will never patronize or support any restaurant that serves foi gois.
Amazing restaurant with tasty authentic recipes!
Thanks for opening this location!
We love this new addition to our village! Much, much better food than ever before. Delicious meditaranian food, healthy, fresh, tasty and generous portions! Always something new to discover! The brunch is fabulous! Increased wine choices at a more affordable price are very welcomed!
The staff is getting better, everything is being worked out! Our new favorite place for Happy Hour, dinner, music and brunch! Thank you to all involved to making this happen ❣️
All for the foie gras, but don’t like the atmosphere…like eating in an upscale cafeteria.