While I was in Portland, Maine for a travel conference, a group of us were invited to a dinner hosted at BlueFin North Atlantic Seafood in the Portland Harbor Hotel.
Much of Portland’s restaurant scene is frenetic and crowded. As soon as we walked into BlueFin, I was struck by its elegance and calmness. A gentle fire burned in the hearth adjacent to our cozy chairs. There are comfy couches along the picture windows–a perfect spot to unwind with a cocktail after a long day of biking and hiking.
If it was warmer, we would have headed out to enjoy our cocktails on the patio around a fire pit.
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Portland’s cocktail game very strong and my Cadillac Mountain from BlueFin North Atlantic Seafood was one of my favorites that weekend. Made with local mint and blackberries, the bourbon cocktail has the perfect combination of vanilla and sweet, without too much of the bourbon burn.
The Best of Maine, with a Twist
Executive Chef Gil Plaster’s menu changes with the season. We enjoyed food from the new spring menu, and you can find out what is on offer now here.
This was my favorite part of the meal. The appetizer offerings are mainly Maine staples, but all with a unique BlueFin signature.
If you have visited Acadia National Park, hopefully you had a popover at the Jordan Pond House. If you haven’t had a chance or are yearning for another, try the Portland Harbor lobster popover. Until then, imagine eating a lobster roll in a flaky croissant-like bun with a side of crunchy fries.
Lobster and escargot are two of my favorite foods, so I had to order the Lobster ‘Scargot, which arrived in a ramekin filled with chunks of lobster sizzling in garlic butter.
I am quite thankful that I was dining with other ladies who like to share food, or I would have missed my favorite appetizer–the Crispy Pork Belly Lollipops with Candied Jalapeños.
For our main courses, we enjoyed offerings from the north Atlantic, such as Shrimp Pappardelle and seared scallops, but the seared tuna loin with tastes of Asia was a favorite on the table. Of course they also offer a lobster dinner, lazy man-style, so you can enjoy your meal without having to work for it.
One of the women in the group eats gluten-free. Her grilled filet of beef with lobster mashed potatoes was also one of my favorite dishes of the night.
And on to dessert…
The dessert menu was so enticing, we had to try them all! My favorite was the berry-covered crème brûlée.
If you are in Portland and are looking for a unique seafood experience in a relaxing, upscale environment, make a reservation at BlueFin North Atlantic Seafood.
Thanks so much to BlueFin North Atlantic Seafood for inviting me to sample their inventive and unique dishes in exchange for this honest review.