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Primo on Mother's Day

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mjp81 May 12, 2009 05:34 PM

After many years of wanting to go to Primo, the 3 courses for $38 made it too hard to resist, even with an hour and a quarter drive. I had very high hopes going into the meal, regardless of the mixed reviews that abound on here. They met my expectations and then some. Service was terrific. Nicely paced, two hours and forty five minutes from start to finish.(4 of us) To start were the homemade breads and biscuits. These were excellent(focaccia, chive and cheese biscuit, etc). The amuse was smoked salmon with some micro greens on a waffle potato with chive cream. Considering the multitude of components in the dish, the salmon still stood out. Appetizers considered of a green salad, seared tuna, oysters Rockefeller and shad roe. The presentation, of what most would consider a mundane salad, was beautiful in a large, rustic wooden bowl. Five oysters were served over rock salt. Clean presentations on different plates/bowls throughout the meal made each dish stand out. Portions were more than generous considering the quality of the product and the price. Entree's consisted of skate, fruits de mer and roast prime rib. Portions were enourmous. The prime rib alone could go for $38. Served with fiddleheads, asparagus and potatoes. Horseradish cream on top of the rare piece of beef. Fruits de mer consisted of crab claws, clams, mussles and baby octopus on linguine. The skate was from the Gulf of Maine and was nicely pan fried allowing the fish to bring out its natural sweetness. Desserts were tremendous as well. Chocolate cake, rhubarb crustada, pistachio cannoli and a strawberry shortcake were overly enjoyed. Mignardise were served with the check, gingered-chocolate truffles, candied orange peel and grapefruit gelee. Overall, an excellent meal. I was at Hugo's two months ago and by far, these two restaurants are the tops in Maine. No one else is at this level of service, atmosphere and culinary skill, certainly not in Portland.(with holding Hugo's)

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    mainemal May 13, 2009 05:59 AM

    Thanks for the update. Anyone else been there recently to determine if they're "back?"

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