The New York Times wrote a great article recently about the “foodie culture” in Portland, Maine. I enjoyed the article because Portland is my current hometown and for years I thought the food scene had been largely confined to buzz about Fore Street’s Chef Sam Hayward. Chef Hayward was named Best Chef: Northeast by the James Beard Foundation. Now don’t get me wrong – Fore Street is certainly a good restaurant (although I prefer the sister restaurant, Street and Company). But last Saturday night, I had an amazing meal. In fact, it rivaled a meal that I had at the Inn at Little Washington in 1991.
Six of us nestled into a table at Five Fifty-Five or 555. I had asked Chef Steve Corry to prepare a birthday dinner that included as many of my husband’s favorite foods as feasible. I also provided some other hints such as he prefers savory over sweet, robust over subtle and spices of all kinds. The five course dinner unfolded in a way that is impossible to describe without blathering on. But suffice it to say everything from the wine pairings to the food to the service was perfect. So my advice is if you come to Portland, plan ahead and order a tasting menu at 555. You will have an experience that rivals everything from Nobu to August to Boulevard.