Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Black Trumpet

For our first night of vacation, in Portsmouth, NH, we made reservations at Black Trumpet on Ceres Street, near the water & tugboats. I think I read somewhere that it's in a 200 year old building.
There is a step down into the restaurant (after opening the door), but it's a small step and I'm pretty sure as SP was zipping me around and taking me down backwards that they offered to put out a ramp, but he was quick! We were warmly greeted and seated in a corner near the window on the first floor. There's also a second floor, which is where the bar is, I think.
I love old buildings, thinking about all the history, what the walls have seen & heard. Exposed brick, low ceiling, and the beams:
Love these beams. It was cozy, warm, inviting, rustic, romantic.
We started with drinks. I opted for white wine, but I can't remember what kind. SP had a cocktail special. We think it was called a Fisherman's Sweater (?) and it was very fall-like: bourbon, scotch, cherry, cinnamon. It was delicious. Here's what we ate:
Bread bowl. Yummy.
SP started with Chef's Meze Plate - a daily assortment of three little dishes in one. His little dishes were Sumac Pork Meatball, Braised Monkfish, and Ksra Bread Pudding. Google tells me Ksra is a Moroccan Bread. He said all were delicious.
I started with Pimiento Cheese with crab spiced crackers and radish. The pimiento cheese was pureed, which was different but just as delicious as the chunkier versions I've enjoyed. The crackers were not too crab spiced, which I was afraid of, not just because I was pretty sure too much crab spice would not taste good to me but also because my stomach was still struggling with the digestive issues (yes, I know, this was 2+ weeks of issues and yes, I will talk to my doctor at my next appointment).
Next, a medium plate for SP, also a special of the day: Curried Squash Poached Lobster, Polenta Cake, Corn & Heirloom Tomato Salsa and Crispy Shishito. He loved this dish. I'm not a fan of curry flavor, but I did try a teeny bite of lobster & polenta cake and it was quite good.
I chose Garden Greens with goat cheese, anise roasted beets, heirloom tomato, and lemon herb vinaigrette. The goat cheese was smeared in a circle under the greens and the beets are under the greens. This was a really good salad although I didn't eat all the beets simply because I can only handle so many bites of beet. The tomatoes were excellent. I like the goat cheese smear circle because you got a bit of cheese with every bite instead of just a chunk with a few bites.
For his entree, SP chose the Local Dayboat Fish with black & white rice, yellow heirloom beans, and bok choy over sofrito puree. The fish was haddock. He ate every bite on his plate. I think, on this trip, he was in seafood heaven, eating seafood for every meal.
I chose Seared Sea Scallops and Crab Croqueta with summer vegetables, potatoes, and remoulade. The scallops and croqueta were so darn good. The potatoes and veggies were good, too, and SP helped me finish them.
We shared dessert: Vanilla Pavlova with goat cheese whip, blueberry compote, lemon curd, and almond streusel. So good. Light. Blueberries and lemon are an excellent combination. I wanted more after we finished it because it was so good, but I was super stuffed.

We both really liked Black Trumpet. The ambience, the well paced meal (yes, we were there 2+ hours, but it didn't seem like it), our server was excellent, the food fantastic, it was a lovely first night of vacation. It'd be a great date night place. If you're in Portsmouth, give this place a try.

Black Trumpet Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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