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Portland’s newest vegan lunch spot is easy to miss, but hard to beat. Micro-restaurant Fermenter, a spinoff of vegan prix fixe restaurant Farm Spirit, is situated in a modest, 660-square-foot space in Southeast Portland.
But don’t be fooled by the bite-size package. What Fermenter lacks in square footage, it makes up for in flavor with a daily rotating, sustainably-sourced menu packed with creative (and delicious!), plant-based plates.
As the name suggests, funky, tangy bites like fermented gooseberry, fermented chile de ague, and whey fermented rhubarb are what you can expect at the neighborhood eatery. But you’ll also find all handful of fresh ingredients, too, because Fermenter may be a casual lunch spot, but its vegan meals are anything but.
Their goal is to create adventurous dishes that compare to the finest kitchens in the world. And with previously featured menu items like a black bean tempeh bowl with corn, button mushrooms, sun golds, lovage, and fermented tomatillo, we’d say they’re doing just that.
It doesn't hurt that Fermenter is also committed to sourcing locally and keeping things eco-friendly. That’s why the vegan lunch spot gets all its ingredients within 150 miles and packages its food in non-disposable containers. We're here for it.
If you’re stopping by Fermenter, you can hang out for a bit and enjoy a three-course lunch tasting curated by chef and owner Aaron Adams, or snag a wholesome takeaway bowl crafted with an assortment of grains, veggies, and topped with a mouth-watering fermented sauce (made in-house!). Whatever you go with, though, you surely won’t be disappointed. And to wash it all down, you can choose from a selection of house-made brews, including kombucha, kefir water, ginger beer, and more.
That’s just the half of it, though. The charming restaurant also doubles as a food research lab for Farm Spirit, enabling them to explore and experiment with new flavors and unique mash-ups.
Right now, Fermenter is open from 11am to 2pm Wednesday through Friday. But, they plan to expand their hours soon, and we’ll keep you posted when they do.
In the meantime, grab a spot at one of the restaurant’s four coveted counter seats (or order a takeaway bowl for the road) and get in on this vegan love affair.