Monday, October 17, 2011


broder is a Swedish/Danish bistro on SE Clinton Ave. in Portland, Oregon.

broder (yes, with a small "b") doesn't have much room to work with, but retains a warm environment. I went in on a Thursday, around peak lunchtime, and the place was filled with happy customers. Breakfast is served all day at broder, and I came for one of the more talked-about items on the menu: Aebleskiver. Six Danish pancakes, in spherical form, are made to order, then topped with powdered sugar.

You can get two of the following dipping sauces: housemade lemon curd, ligonberry jam, syrup, or housemade applesauce. I went with the lemon curd and the applesauce, since both are made in-house and is thus unique to this establishment.

Breakfast menu (top half; as of late September 2011)
Breakfast menu (bottom half, as of late September 2011)
Danish pancakes with housemade lemon curd and applesauce (broder)

I now know why people rave about these pancakes so much. They were light and airy, and it was hard to stop eating them. The lemon curd was my favorite of the two sauces. It brought that lemony zing, but the sugar inside the curd worked against the tartness, keeping everything in check. The applesauce had a great pureed consistency, and the cinnamon really took that sauce to the next level.

I will have to come back for some of their other menu items. Other popular breakfast offerings include the smoked trout hash (Smoked Trout Pytt I Panna; $12); the Swedish Breakfast Bord ($12); and their baked egg scrambles ($11). Go to broder for your Scandinavian food fix! 8/10

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