Sorry for the late post, but summer slipped away and I forgot to post re: a dinner at Arrows in Maine. It's been a while, so I forgot about the actual dishes, although my overall impression remains strong. We were very excited to go, given its almost national reputation. The evening is perfect and you can walk around the garden, which everyone should do. You're greeted by someone at the entrance to the restaurant that provides a small treat, like an amust. Neat room, a bit small, definately request a table by the window if possible. We decided to get the tasting menu, which I will start by saying is ridiculously large. It is ten courses,and I would say that it seemed like we got four full sized entrees as part of the tasting. Again, sorry I don't rememeber the actual dishes, but I was overall less than dazzled. Nothing really stood out, although they were trying to fuse different flavors together. Still probably the best meal you're going to get in Maine, but not one of the best restaurants in the country.
My biggest peeve however was the waiter, who seemed to be very aggressively pushing the wine list on us. Apparently in Maine you can take unfinished bottles with you, which he kept reminding us of, as he suggested that we buy another bottle that is more appropriate with the dish we were about to get. We were celebrating so ultimately I went along and we bought way too many bottles for two people. Ironically, there is no wine pairing to go with the tasting menu, which I found surprosing. As a result, we spent way too much $$$, most of it on wine.