Restaurant week -- David's 388

Last night I had my first (and probably my only, given my calendar's packed state of affairs) Restaurant Week experience of 2010, at David's 388 in South Portland. (This guy is tackling Restaurant Week in a much more ambitious fashion.) These were our choices...

For apps:
  1. Crispy vegetable potstickers with roasted duck breast, apricots and Peking sauce 
  2. Lobster soup with leeks,mushrooms and tomato in sherry lobster cream 
  3. Tomato, avocado, caprese salad with fresh mozzarella, chiffonade basil with an aged balsamic drizzle and pesto oil

For mains:

  1. Mushroom dusted haddock served with a ragout of leeks, mushrooms and roasted tomatoes in wine and clam broth 
  2. Roasted breast of duck with blueberry gastrique and white truffle oil, exotic mushroom risotto and duck fat oiled exotic mushrooms and spinach
  3. Pepper and herb crusted filet of beef with creamed Madeira jus

For dessert:

  1. Apple tart tatin cooked to order with house-made cinnamon ginger ice cream 
  2. Chocolate fool with burnt orange tuile and cinnamon caramel sauce

I went with 2-3-1.

The soup was good, but as my companion (who chose 2-1-1) pointed out, it was basically like warm salted cream with a hint of sherry and lobster. Tasty, but the lobster flavor didn't take center stage, as I believe it should in a Lobster Soup. I wish I'd gone for the less-heavy caprese salad. 

Our main courses were both delicious, though I'd dub hers the winner. My beef was cooked just right -- medium rare -- and arranged in small medallions around a mound of mashed potatoes. The peppery crust was a nice contrast to the earthy-sweet meat. The haddock was salty and fresh-tasting, and the "mushroom dusting" was like a very light crust of its own, giving the flaky fish some borders.

The real champion dish, though, was the apple tart dessert. It arrived warm and melty; a puff pastry crust lined with thinly sliced apples, with that cinnamon-ginger ice cream melting on top. Delicious, gooey, and happily spiced, it was a special ending to a solid meal. 

Pics to come, maybe/I hope.


Indeed! Here are a few shots, courtesy of Maggie:



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