Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

Restaurants , Contemporary American Design District
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
Photograph: The Genuine Hospitality Group

This buzzy restaurant is a true star. Decor and menu are classy yet casual, and the service also strikes just the right note. The interior mixes industrial chic—concrete floors, exposed ducts—with warmth (red lamps, flickering candles, modern art and a brick oven glowing from the open kitchen). With an emphasis on local ingredients, the high-end comfort food ticks all the right boxes. Mains change daily but might include a selection of wood-fired pizzas; a whole “poulet rouge” chicken with plumped raisins, toasted pine nuts and rocket; and duck confit with tangerine marmalade and spiced pumpkin seeds.

Venue name: Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
Address: 130 NE 40th St

Cross street: at NE 1st Ave
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 11.30am–3pm, 5.30–11pm; Fri, Sat 11.30am–3pm, 5.30pm–midnight; Sun 11am–2.30pm, 5.30–10pm
Price: Main courses $12-$47