The 1883 English Stick-style Ladd Carriage House is beautiful to behold, even if it seems out of time by a century or two and out of place across Broadway from the ghostly former Oregonian building.
Inside, dark woods and dimmed lights dominate in a scene vaguely reminiscent of an old English pub, except with plenty of comfortable seats and, thankfully, much better food.
The restaurant invokes all the standard tropes in Portland dining, listing its suppliers on the menu and including "market"-priced beef and lamb entrees that change regularly depending on what actual cuts are left in the kitchen.
Though it has zero to do either with Northwest cuisine or an English eatery, the pastrami-cured hanger steak ($28) was an on-point, amply portioned entree that gets some measure of thematic cred for its Yorkshire pudding and sliced potato accompaniments.
In the appetizer section, the potted shrimp ($8) offered a happily unusual use of local bay shrimp, pairing them with chopped celery and herbs. Never mind that the dish had more in common with vinegar-focused ceviche than with typically butter-laden potted dishes.
Pro tip: Need an alternative to Higgins before seeing a show in the theater district? This can be your new spot.
GO: 1331 SW Broadway, 222-7673, ravenandrosepdx.com. 11:30 am-2 pm Monday-Friday, 5-10 pm Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-2 pm Sunday (restaurant); 4-10 pm Tuesday-Wednesday, 4 pm-midnight Thursday-Friday, 5 pm-midnight Saturday (bar). $$$.