Portsmouth Dining Guide



The Black Trumpet Bistro

29 Ceres Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 431-0887

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.

The Ambiance

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.

The Service

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.

The Meal

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.

Moving to our main entrées, my fiancée decided on the North Star Lamb Ragout. This was an enjoyable dish with middle-eastern flare, served with tasty parsnip gnocchi, lemon infused pea greens and roasted garlic labne.

The roast duck was a special that, I was informed by our waitress, was going fast. After ordering, I discovered why. Crisp skin, tender meat and delicious flavor- not sure what else there is to say.

For dessert, we ordered a fresh and tasty carrot sour cream pound cake. The juicy macerated fresh figs and cardamom whipped cream it came with perfectly balanced the richness of the cake.

The Conclusion

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.

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