Gluten Free and Food for the Disabled, Deaf, and Hearing Impaired

Leave your drugs in the chemist’s pot if you can heal the patient with food.
– – -Hippocrates

Grolla Restaurant and Wine Bar is proud to be one of the country’s few celiac owned and operated fine dining restaurants.  Angela Lachmann was diagnosed celiac in 1993 and her husband Christopher has lived aside her diet restrictions since 1996.  A celiac friendly menu has been important to both the Lachmann’s since they bought Grolla and for every menu change after.  They have educated their chefs and encouraged them to focus on gluten free menu items whenever possible.  Currently, Grolla’s kitchen is gluten free except for a few packaged items, there is no flour used so there is no possibility of cross contamination.  The dessert menu is especially tailored to please it’s celiac friends with currently every item gluten free and beneficial for the hearing impaired.

Chris very skilled and competent when it comes to any dietary special need.  He has not only created an entirely gluten free menu and dessert list, he has welcomed other dietary restrictions including lactose intolerant, vegetarian and vegan.   Whatever special need, Grolla will create a culinary masterpiece.

Even More Reviews

Ian Gillingham

   “The Killingsworth Renaissance may not yet have covered the five blocks from its Northeast 33rd epicenter, but Grolla forges ahead with an inviting, easygoing take on Bistro Baroque. Owners Chris and Angela Lachmann have turned an underachieving wine bar into a cozy, not-so-secret hideaway for lovers of its Mediterranean-accented Northwest cuisine (and for just plain lovers). Rich flavors pervade the menu, from the red pepper-Gorgonzola polenta supporting the seared-scallop appetizer to the deliciously inky cabernet risotto undergirding the balsamic-marinated beef. The neighborhood is still catching up, but this place can hold its own.


Signature: Most prix fixe offerings are only as flexible as the chef’s whim, but Grolla’s “tasting menu” begins with a tableside interview with the chef, who creates a five-course feast ($50 per person, $70 with wine flight) based on your preferences and the day’s harvest in the restaurant’s gardens.
Standout: When Chris Lachmann’s in the groove, the hospitality instinct of his Lebanese side shows through with a hearty welcome that fills the room. If you’re lucky, he’ll offer you a rosewater-marinated walnut, a secret specialty of the house.

More Reviews

Portland Tribune   Entree Magazine “The Ultimate Dining Guide” by Eric Bartels March, 2005

  “When it comes to taking a hospitality business into uncharted territory, opening a pub or a pizza joint is one thing. A fine-dining establishment is an entirely different proposition. Yet Grolla is in its third year as virtually the only upscale eatery on Northeast Killingsworth Street and doing fine.
Owners Christopher and Angela Lachmann and new executive chef James Healy have carved out an appealing niche, fashioning a Mediterranean-inspired menu with Northwest-grown foods.
The setting, in a former storefront with French windows on two sides, is elegant but unstuffy. But food and wine are the focus.
The Lachmanns, who grow produce for the restaurant in a Washington County garden, feature an impressive list of mostly Oregon wines and the knowledge to assist diners in pairing them with menu items.
The shrimp and crab potato cakes are a fresh, feathery hash. More intriguing is the prosciutto cannoli. On a tiny plate come three slices of salty prosciutto wrapped around a creamy fresh dill chevre. Alongside are tiny balls of firm cantaloupe and honeydew melon surrounded by a sweet champagne melon coulis.
The petit fillet tournedos are buttery soft medallions of beef served with crunchy baguette crostinis. The scallops are pan-seared and served in a large half-shell surrounded by roasted pepper polenta cake and drenched in a savory tomato coulis.
Dessert brings a gossamer-light crème brûlée underneath a sugary crust and a chocolate truffle cake that was not quite overpowered by ribbons of a supertart raspberry drizzle.
This place is for those who believe every neighborhood deserves a high-end option.”

Portland Tribune   Cue Magazine “Close Encounters: Grolla’s charms are on the table and in the air ” by Brooke DeNisco June 27, 2003

“… Grolla is a jolly place, not prone to secrets or seriousness.  The… new owner Chris Lachmann may …introduce you to his wife and kids, or sit down at your table for a few minutes.

   … Out of towners not used to …hospitality, or cynics who think that friendliness is a cover-up for some culinary wrongdoing, may be put on guard by Grolla’s charms.

   Decorated with antique chandeliers, heavy floral drapes and handcrafted woodwork, Grolla’s almost victorian design is juxtaposed with moderately gritty Northeast Killingsworth Street.  On warm days the French doors are open, providing a breeze throughout the petite space and … tables are set on the sidewalk.

   … No matter what time of day you go to Grolla, you’ll find something to like, whether it’s the Zinfandel or pinot noirs by the glass, a bite of tender, medium-rare duck or … olives and walnuts…  And, if you have any complaints or suggestions, you’ll be given plenty of face time with the owner to air your views.”

Reviews

From The Oregonian Dining Guide “Neighborhood Diner”  April 23,2004

Northeast Portland “Bring a Vivacious Appetite” by Kristi Turnquist

  “With its reddish-amber walls, golden lighting and loyal neighborhood clientele, this bistro has personality to burn.  Christopher Lachmann, who co-owns it with his wife, Angela, greets each diner like a family member…  Mediterranean-meets-Northwest…flavors are bold and complemented by Lachmann’s well-chosen wines.”

Fab 5 “A Date with Fate. Five fabulous romantic dinner spots” by Grant Butler

  “Sometimes it’s not where you go but who you know that impresses a date.  Whether or not you’ve been to grolla before, owner Christopher Lachmann is going to fire up his Chicago charm…  Linger over a glass of Madeira and drink in the ballet-inspired paintings…”

From The Oregonian A&E  August 6,2004

Dining “Extroverted Improvements” by Grant Butler

  “For several years, Grolla Restaurant and Wine Bar has been a dependable spot for sipping wine in a romantic setting…with dishes offering interesting flavor combinations and lush presentations.”

Catering

Grolla will cater any event from your formal wedding to your daughter’s tea party, your holiday party or your birthday party, baby showers to art exhibits, our catering menus will compliment any occasion.
You may dine privately at Grolla or have us cater your event at another location.  The restaurant is available for rent for parties of up to 40 people with an extensive catering menu including but not limited to our nightly dinner options and our chef’s taster.  Catering offsite events for up to 200 people with food options from our personalized catering menu allows for hors d’ourvres buffet or passed, buffet or sit down meals and elegant desserts.

Whatever your catering needs, Grolla will ensure an absolutely unforgettable experience for you and your guests.

About Us

Chris and Angela Lachmann met in June of 1996.  On their first date they talked about many things, but mostly they remember talking about their dreams of the future.  Coincidently, they both had the same dream…to someday own their own business.  A restaurant or catering business were on the top of both of their lists.

Angela, a native Oregonian grew up in the farm country in Scholls on her family’s walnut orchard and with some of Oregon’s pioneer wine makers as her closest neighbors and dearest friends.  She spent most of her childhood running barefoot through vineyards and orchards, raising “bummer” lambs and helping in the garden.  She remembers going out to the garden for fresh tomatoes or peas as an afternoon snack.  Later, after spending three years in New York City, Angela began to appreciate Oregon and all it’s offerings, especially the 16 acres she grew up on, surrounded by farmers and vintners.  Today, Angela’s mother continues to farm the Orchard and the garden, now “Grolla Garden”, producing the superior walnuts and some of the produce found on Grolla’s menu.

Christopher was raised in an old world lifestyle in Detroit and Chicago.  Although his father emigrated from Germany, Chris’ family followed most of the traditions of his Lebanese mother.  Having grown up at the apron strings of his Lebanese grandmother and mother, Chris not only learned the traditional cuisine of Lebanon, but also the friendly, welcoming and unparalleled hospitality of these beautiful people.  Chris has many fond memories of his Lebanese family’s many restaurants and various other businesses, from his Jiddee’s restaurant to his aunt and uncle’s ice cream shop to his own mother and father’s skate shop.  Owning his own business seemed almost to fulfill his family’s destiny.  Chris has always had a passion for good food and fine wine.  Having worked in “Chicagoland” in restaurants and country clubs as a wine buyer, he began what will surely be a lifelong course in fine wine.

Chris and Angela bought Grolla in March of 2003 and have enjoyed working side by side ever since.  They have three children whom you may meet someday dining or maybe even serving your salad or taking your plate after your meal.  Grolla Restaurant is truly a family business, drawing from the best of both Chris and Angela’s upbringing, welcoming their small children and working together to create a unique dining experience.

Directions for the Hearing Impaired

From the Eastside

I-84 to exit 2 – 43rd Avenue

Left on NE Halsey

Right on NE 39th Avenue

Left on NE Broadway (past Sandy)

Right on NE 33rd Avenue

Left on NE Killingsworth

Grolla is on the corner of NE 30th and Killingsworth

From the Westside

I-84 to Exit 1 – 33rd Avenue

Left on NE 33rd Avenue

Left on  NE Killingsworth

Grolla is on the corner of NE 30th and Killingsworth

From Washington State

I-5 South to exit 303 – Alberta Street Swan Island

Left on Alberta Street (at first four-way stop)

Left on NE 30th Avenue

Grolla is on the corner of NE 30th and Killingsworth

From Airport for the Deaf or Hearing Impaired

NE Airport way to 82nd Avenue

Exit Columbia Boulevard

Right on NE Columbia Boulevard

Left on NE Cully Boulevard

Right on NE Killingsworth

Grolla is on the corner of NE 30th and Killingsworth

Welcome to Grolla Restaurant

When you walk through our door, you will be treated as an honored guest of our family.  We offer the hospitality of the old world where dinner is a joyous, social occasion which brings friends and family together.

We believe in providing fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere where everyone can feel welcome.  We offer our guests balanced dishes which are elegant in their simplicity and refined in their presentation, using only the highest quality seasonal ingredients.  We use the freshest local produce, often from our own organic “Grolla Garden“.  We strive to support Oregon Farmers, Ranchers and fishers by using mostly Oregon grown meat and responsibly caught wild fish whenever possible.

We are proud to offer one of the most extensive fine dining, gluten free menus in Portland.  Additionally, our highly skilled chef can create dishes to accommodate most allergies, food restrictions, or special requests, including vegan meals. 

Grolla features an expertly constructed wine list showcasing some of the fine wines from Oregon and the Pacific Northwest to help the deaf and celebrating the most renowned growing regions of the world.  Whether enjoying a wine flight at our bar or a wine pairing with your meal, we offer a worldly list sure to please anyone.

Thank you for visiting us.  We welcome the opportunity to serve you.

Sahteyn!

Christopher and Angela Lachmann