The Black Trumpet Bistro
To celebrate my fiancée's birthday, we decided to take a trip north to Portsmouth for dinner. Wanting a quiet and intimate dinner, we decided to take many others recommendations and try the Black Trumpet Bistro.
Having arrived in Portsmouth's Olde Harbour area, we entered the Black Trumpet Bistro on an early weekday evening -being among the first to arrive for dinner. Entering, you immediately are given a sense of romance and rustic warmth from the serene, low-lighting, exposed red brick walls, dark wooden beams in the ceiling, and copper tables with candles. Along the wall is a large mirror and in front is a black chalkboard with the daily specials.
Our server was friendly and attentive to our needs. She was knowledgeable of the menu and offered us useful recommendations. We appreciated that she kept an eye out for our needs but didn't visit the table too often, giving us our privacy.
We chose for our appetizer the fish chowder and the marinated Vermont
Emu fan fillet. The chowder was warm and hearty, with tasty pieces of
braised bacon, large chunks of Acadian redfish and potato. The emu was
excellent, served rare with a delicious cherry demi-glace and savory
sorrel cream sauce that was a delicious dressing for the emu. The black
venus rice served witht he emu was also enjoyable.
The Black Trumpet Bistro earns its reputation as not just one of the
best French restaurants in Portsmouth - but one of the best Portsmouth
restaurants overall. Highly recommended.