Friday, January 30, 2009

Damariscotta River Grill

The Damariscotta River Grill (DRG) provides a refreshing spark of creativity from their impressive food menu.  Best for dinner with friends, DRG makes those cold nights tolerable with exotic New England cuisine.  Exotic? New England? Yea, we just went there.  The Palateers spent a good fifteen minutes reading through all the different dinner options and took time imagining how the various flavor combinations would dance together. 

The scallops, submerged in a ginger pear cream, were cooked to perfection.  Bathing in the rich sauce, the sweet scallops were happily content. The complimentary bread acted as a suitable sponge. A special for the evening was macadamia nut encrusted salmon, with an orange sage bruere. Oh fish lovers rejoice, you will find bliss with this dish.  Tender yet crispy, the fresh pink salmon seemed to melt in our mouth.

Another fish option is the pan-seared tuna and the unbelievable panko coated tempura shrimp.  Yummers.  We will certainly return to try the other options that ranged from rack of lamb, duck confitte and Meyer’s sirloin.

The wine menu was well paired with the extensive meal options and we enjoyed our bottle of Sauvignon Blanc; despite, our servers complete ignorance of any of the wines.  Atmosphere was bright and welcome, with lots of space between tables. The average dish goes for $20 and bottles of wine for $24. This gem has proved that hardy Mainers can also be sophisticated diners.  

Damariscotta River Grill
Main Street
Damariscotta, ME 04543

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