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This past Thursday, my husband and I were treated to a dining delight.  We weren’t planning on eating here when the evening started out, but we are so glad that we ended up at the new Orupa restaurant in Downtown Salem. Orupa is located at 500 Liberty Street and is open for lunch and dinner. Orupa also has a bar menu and happy hour Monday through Saturday from 3 pm to 6 pm, and then from 9pm to close.  By the way, the owners came up with the name Orupa as a combination of Oregon and Europe.  As the former owners of Old Europe Inn they wanted to bring some of that restaurant over to this new restaurant.

For our dining pleasure this evening we started out with a wonderful Viridian Pinot Noir, Orupa’s warm rolls with olive oil and a delicious appetizer of Crab ‘N Brie which was served on Brioche.    The dinner selection was tougher as there are so many good selections to choose from on their menu, and the specials of the night were also tempting.  In the end, I ordered the Hanger Steak with a red wine reduction sauce, and my husband ordered the Ahi with Soy and Ginger Sauce.  My steak was absolutely delicious and was served with roasted potatoes,  a huge serving of grilled mushrooms, and perfectly cooked Asparagus.  My husband’s meal also came with the perfect Asparagus and mashed potatoes.   He was very convincing about his meal being very good, and he cleaned his plate so I have to believe him.

The ambiance in Orupa is delightful.  The setting is very elegant, and for the dinner hour the lights are dimmed.   Orupa would be a great choice for a romantic dinner experience.   Call ahead for reservations so that you can reserve one of the tables in the back for more privacy.   The service was excellent and prices were quite reasonable.  There are not many choices of places to eat where you can have a bottle of wine, appetizers and 2 entrees for $65.

Our only disappointment of the evening was watching the last two pieces of their Peanut Butter/Chocolate Cake head to a table other than ours as we were finishing up our dinner.  Which means, of course, we will have to pay them another visit, and go earlier in the evening.   They also have the Chocolate torte dessert that takes 20 minutes to prepare,  that was so popular at their former restaurant, Old Europe Inn, if you find you have arrived too late for the cake.

Since we were not planning on eating at Orupa this evening, my pictures were taken with my iPhone instead of my Nikon, and the lighting was dimmed in the restaurant.  However, the video below will still give you a good idea of how yummy the food at Orupa is.  If you have a favorite dish from Orupa, please share it below.