Hugo's in Portland, ME
So much great food, so little time. The food was on par with some of the best French restaurants in France and Montreal - creative and unforgettably delicious. I just wish it came at a slower pace. The complementary welcome from the chef was a refreshing chilled asparagus soup with goat cheese drizzle. Fluke tartar was sweet and silky with a refreshing counterpoint of cilantro. Pork belly was crispy and rich and served with yummy sweet potato puffs. The halibut baked in parchment paper was simple, pure, and juicy. The buttermilk panna cotta with macerated strawberries was creamy, but not heavy. Our waiter brought us matching glasses of wine with each course. Most matches worked well with the exception of Halibut and Chianti. My only complaint about dining at Hugo's was the timing of the courses. Some of our courses came out the moment we put the last bite of the previous course into our mouths. It looked like the entrees were sitting and waiting for us to finish our appetizers because they were not really hot. The staff was not trying to rush us and give our table to someone else. There were other free tables, and we had a wonderful time relaxing and talking over coffee. I guess there was just miscommunication between the wait staff and the kitchen. In spite of this slight downside, we will definitely return for the wonderful food.