Sunday, September 25, 2011

Portland Restaurant: Beast

Up until last Friday, the best meal I had ever eaten at a restaurant was the press dinner I was (probably accidentally) invited to at Craigie on Main last spring. I feasted on squid, eel, crispy pig's tails, perfectly cooked scallops, a bourbon ice torte with bacon crust, hot chocolate with cardamom and homemade almond roca.

After the dinner, I got home and called all my friends, spellbound over the meal I had just eaten. Could it get any better than Tony Maws? I didn't think so.

But then Doug surprised me with one of the best birthday presents ever: dinner at Naomi Pomeroy's Beast. And it was wonderful. Amazing. Spectacular.

I don't like to be on blogger duty during special meals like that one, so I don't have any photos from the evening, but I will share that night's menu as well as the advice to go to Beast if you can. Guaranteed it will be one of best meals you've ever had. It certainly was for me.


End of Summer Tomato-Thyme Soup

Charcuterie Plate:
Foie-Gras Bon-Bon, Sauternes Geleé
Chicken Liver Mousse, Leaf Lard Cracker
Pork Rillettes En Croute
Steak Tartare, Quail Egg Toast
Sweet Sopressata

Lava Lake Lamb Loin Chop
Eggplant, Pepper, & Sheep Cheese Tian
Basil & Mint Sauce Vert
Veal & Duck Demi-Glace

Seared Giant Scallop
Ribbons Of Early Fall Vegetables
Lobster Aioli

Cheeses From Steve At Cheese Bar
Armagnac Poached Prune, Fried Almonds
Cardamom Shortbread

Pistachio Pots De Crème
Huckleberry Gelee
Smoked Salt Tuille