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Tough Choice in Portland

Okay, well we just ate at Cinque Terre and really had a good meal, generous portions for small or app sizes, enjoyed it and felt service was fine. Some of the minor issues were the balcony in back was unlit, and a bit too much A/C, and they let a table do toasts, with speeches running a bit loud and long..but food was great, for what you might expect app basics or pasta basics.
Price was good for quantity..I ordered the duck confit with port cherry, asked for chef to pick a cheese to go with it- delivered with a great tasting brie. Generous portion, easily could be for 4. Then ordered the antipasto app small, and it was very generous could serve 4, or 6 as app- I had as meal. Excellent squash matchstick with fennel and pesto side, zucchini ribbons with fennel and herbs, excellent, and a quinoa salad that was slightly spicy, excellent. Generous portions of speck, soppresatta, mozzarella, olives and more. Husband had a great soup, forget which one, as well as the Bolognese pasta. They paired it with great wines, we really enjoyed our meal and found it well priced for the amount of food.

Sep 02, 2012
truegrid in Northern New England

Reconsidering Cinque Terre (Portland)

We tried it at the reco of a friend from Boston who knows one of the chefs. We actually found the food very good, and amazing size for apps. We had great wines picked for us to go with the food. Only a couple minor things - the lighting was a bit too low in the upstairs balcony against the back wall; the A/C was a bit overkill up there as well. We ordered the duck confit and port cherry terrine, asked them to pick a cheese to go with-excellent brie was served; this was a portion that could easily serve 4, we split for 2; I had the antipasto app, small portion - this is enough for 4, or even 6 as an app-I got it as my main. It was much better than I expected, 3 great veggie/grain dishes along with generous amounts of speck, hot italian salmi, mozzarella, greens, olives, and more. My husband had soup, and the small portion of the Bolognese pasta

Sep 02, 2012
truegrid in Northern New England

Portland - Disappointed at Miyake, but Duckfat was Fabulous (LONG)

There will be new place opening soon, likely to be seafood oriented, and very likely to be sushi - ex head chef from Uni in Boston - in planning stage right now

Sep 02, 2012
truegrid in Northern New England

Portland - Disappointed at Miyake, but Duckfat was Fabulous (LONG)

We actually had same experience - too salty on the fries - I thought it might be the duck fat itself that is salty, but when we dumped the bag of fries, there was a lot of salt leave at bottom as well. Same advice, aske them to go easy on salt.

Sep 02, 2012
truegrid in Northern New England

[Portland] Duckfat

its really meant for people who enjoy the vibe and the friendly aspect of the place. In contrast to your experience, we found the fries very crispy, even thought we actually took it out, and did not eat them till 20 minutes later --the aioli sauce was great. We also had sammies - roast turkey and BGT - bacon , goat cheese and tomato - along with vanilla bean shake and root beer float - all was good, it was almost too much food, could really have split the sammy. One look out- they over salted the fries, soI would ask for them to go easy on the salt if you order them

Sep 02, 2012
truegrid in Northern New England

Duckfat - Portland Maine

We just had fries sans potine, also great - with vanilla bean shake and a root beer float; great sammies - roast turkey and BGT - bacon , goat cheese and tomato.

Sep 02, 2012
truegrid in Northern New England