***Update – Sadly, both of these restaurants are now closed.***
Sue and I have recently dined at two new area restaurants in Lewiston, Maine. Both were terrific dining experiences that we’d like to tell you about. They are Marche Kitchen and Wine Bar and Rails.
Marche Kitchen and Wine Bar
While not technically in the new area restaurants category (they’ve been serving lunch for a while), Marche began serving dinner this past summer. Sue and I finally got over there in November. We should have gone long before that! It was excellent.
Marche is an intimate restaurant where your meal …is prepared in the open format kitchen. Located in a nice little stretch of wonderful restaurants on Lisbon Street (Fuel and Orchid are neighbors – see our previous blog on best area restaurants), Marche provides wonderful food in small plate portions that are meant for sharing. They will also pair wines with each plate.
Being that they serve small plates (trust me – the portions were more than ample), we shared four of executive chef Kevin Cunningham’s creations. They were the Burrata & Prosciutto Plate, Pulled Pork Tacos, Braised Short Ribs Sheppards Pie and Mushroom Crepes. All were excellent in preparation, flavor and plating. We need to go back to try the other items that all looked so good.
For those who’ve enjoyed our wonderful weekend breakfasts at the Wolf Cove Inn, be sure to keep an eye out for AJ preparing your meal. Not only is AJ a chef at Marche, but she’s with me at the Inn on weekends preparing and plating your yummy breakfast. I’m sure she’d love for you to say hello!
Rails on the other hand really does fit into the new area restaurants category. Opening just a few months ago, Rails is located in the renovated mills section of Lewiston on Lincoln Street. It is neighbors with Fishbones and DaVinci’s, both of which were also in our previous blog on best area restaurants. Rails gets much of its character from occupying the renovated former Grand Trunk Railway train station. Interesting and fun interior decor includes seating made from pews that were once part of a renovated church that is now home to the Inn at the Agora B&B in Lewiston.
Sue and I heard about Rails from our friend Jan, the innkeeper for the Inn at the Agora, while attending the Androscoggin Chamber of Commerce annual awards banquet. After hearing the rave review, it took us all of two nights to get over and try it out. Let me tell you, Rails is a great addition to the Lewiston foodie scene. The atmosphere and the food are just terrific! We’ll be recommending it to all our guests.
Rails offers upscale comfort food with home style hospitality. For her appetizer, Sue had the Ratatouille Goat Cheese Gratin (if it has goat cheese in it she’s ordering it) and I chose the Three Bulb Onion Soup (hint – the three bulbs are shallot, onion and garlic – yum). Both were outstanding! For Sue’s entree, she chose Salmon Quebecois – Coho salmon with truffle-sunflower seed crust over a bed of warm chard, horseradish tomato reduction, and brulee’d seasonal citrus. I opted for Maine Line Surf & Turf – blueberry porcini dusted filet, single-malt marinated mussels, and wild mushrooms. Let me just say that if we were at home, we’d have licked the plates!
So there you have it folks – two new area restaurants that will be on the recommended dining circuit for our guests!