Visited The Black Trumpet in Portsmouth, NH this weekend with a couple of girlfriends and thougt I would share the experience..
We arrived somewhat late after failing to get a seat at the newly opened Brazo. (Any news on Brazo?) The upstairs wine room was somewhat full, but we were seated relatively quickly after the staff tidied up an uninhabited but not-quite-clean-yet table.
Our waiter was fantastic. A tall gent with a lot to say, I was pleased with his service, but mostly his honesty. How often do you really luck into a waiter who will openly advise you of not only his favorites but the items that he suggests not ordering? I found it refreshing, yet I wonder why such items are allowed to appear on the menu at all.
We gals shared fried olives and almonds (surprisingly tasty starter), a lobster and crab crabcake (the waiter recommended with the caviat that he realized it sounded touristy), raddichio salad, a coban salad, garlic shrimp, and a smoky tomato soup. All was delicious and fresh, with exception of the smoky tomato soup. The flavor was splendid, but simply too strong. I felt certain that it would have served better as a sauce or marinade. The overwhelming flavor was a dissapointment.
Our cocktails were delicious, the service fluid. We left happy, but perhaps a little lighter in the wallet than I would have liked to. A cocktail, a raddichio salad and a dissapointing soup and I'm over $35 the pourer? Ouch. Still, we had a lovely experience in their cozy and romantic setting.
I certainly recomend it, though I wonder about the consistancy of their dishes. Any thoughts?