Monday, November 13, 2017


I've finally arrived at the end of the NH-ME September vacation posts. The final post is our last night of vacation, back in Portsmouth, NH after driving from Bar Harbor, ME. We ate at Mombo. It's near Prescott Park & Strawberry Banke.
It was a chilly, drizzly evening so I was happy to be seated near the fireplace even if there wasn't actually a fire. When it gets colder, they do build fires, but I guess it was a little early for roaring fires.
One thing I love about New England is the old, historic buildings. The fireplaces, exposed wood beams.
It was cozy, inviting, warm, and romantic.
I didn't enjoy wine/cocktails because I was pretty sick. I was guzzling my favorite blue liquid medicine every 4 hours, so I asked for hot tea. SP had a cocktail called Maple Manhattan (Makers Mark, Jim Beam Maple, Sweet Vermouth, Bitters, Bacon Dusted Rim). He said it was excellent.

Here's what we ate:
Bread with butter and balsamic/olive oil. Yummy.
For an appetizer, SP chose The Deviled Trio (Maine lobster with tobiko, smoked salmon with everything spice, pancetta with English muffin crumble). He loves deviled eggs and said these versions were delicious. I didn't try any.
We shared Strawberry & Brie Salad (roasted balsamic strawberries paired with crispy chili scented brie cheese accompanied by a spinach salad tossed with a tarragon vinaigrette & topped with a lemon poppy streusel). This was a really good salad and the hunk of fried brie was so darn good. I'd never had fried brie before. I want more of it.
After finishing his Maple Manhattan, SP ordered tea, too. We liked the teapots and the fact that Mombo uses loose leaf tea.
Even though we do brew tea using teabags, loose leaf tea makes a better cup of tea than the tea dust in the teabags. 
The hot tea probably tasted extra good because it was such a chilly, damp, misty evening, and for me, because I had a cold. My cold meant I didn't have much of an appetite. For my meal, I ordered an appetizer:
Maine Lobster Flatbread (grilled flatbread topped with citrus aioli, Maine lobster, with fresh mozzarella cheese, grape tomatoes, arugula greens). It was definitely big enough for me. Even with a little help from SP, I didn't finish it. It was good.
SP chose Chili Spiced Duck Breast (pan seared and placed atop a warm potato salad accompanied by a grilled nut bread with a Maine blueberry mousse & paired with a strawberry demi glace). He said his duck was really good and he liked the blueberry mousse.
We had enough room to share a dessert: Italian Rum Cake Crème Brûlée (dark chocolate cream & strawberry coulie between layers of rum soaked cake with toasted almonds placed atop a classic vanilla bean crème brulee). It was good and small enough that we were able to finish it without feeling overly stuffed.

We both really liked Mombo. Service was great, the food yummy, the atmosphere cozy. Next time we're in Portsmouth, NH, we'd go back.

  Mombo Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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