My last stay at this historic hotel was about 25 years ago when it was owned by the Westin brand, fast track to present day The Benson is part of the Coast Hotels family. Built in 1912, renovated recently, we stayed in a Junior Spa Suite with a view of the downtown buildings. I loved the large sitting couch in the room, as well as therapeutic bed which was made of memory foam.
The Palm Court is located adjacent to the lobby, they recently launched their Spring menu which we had a chance to try for dinner.
Lawrence and I tried 3 of their appetizers, the Arancini served with a tomato dipping sauce, the Burrata and Beets over a mix of beets and greens and the Fried Artichokes, which was my favourite.
I had a glass of local Willamette Valley Rex Hill Pinot Noir, I had toured their winery a few days prior learning about the wines in their portfolio.
We then had the Caesar Salad as a mid-course, this was followed by 3 of their signature entrees, my favourite was the Pappardelle Alla Bolognese followed by the Hangar Steak with potatoes, we also had the Line caught albacore tuna.
Lastly for dessert we shared the smooth Ricotta Cheesecake while enjoying Tony Pacini – jazz pianist who played in the background. The Palm Court is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.
By: Richard Wolak
Disclosure: The Benson provided us with complimentary dinner in the Palm Court restaurant. As always, all opinions and photos are my own.