The Port's Mouth

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Blue Mermaid (Revisited)

We're back! The Port's Mouth is on a mission to discover, rediscover, and explore even more restaurants along the Seacoast.  We will be passing along to you our favorite dishes, the most refreshing drinks, and the best dining locations.


And what better way to begin again than by putting our taste buds to the test at the Blue Mermaid?! Located at 409 The Hill in downtown Portsmouth, this tempting restaurant lured us in with it's warm, caribbean inspired colors, beachy ambiance and diverse menu. 

To start out, we tested a few fresh and fruity cocktails...

We then tried an appetizer that not only was delicious but also had a beautifully delicate presentation. 

The Grilled Scallops were the perfect way to start out our tasting; served on The Blue Mermaid's house-made yucca chips, the roasted scallops are served with corn salsa and an avocado vinaigrette. Delicious! 

Next, we tried the Parmesan Panko Fried Chicken, an instant classic. Tenderized boneless breast of chicken encrusted with panko and parmesan, made even better with andouille cream sauce. Sides include sautéed green beans and garlic green onion mashed potatoes. The ultimate comfort food.

Following was the Pumpkin Honey Braised Lamb Shank. The melt in your mouth slow braised lamb enticed with a pumpkin honey glaze will soothe your soul. Served with fried plantains and rice ‘n beans.

The Santa Fe Spiced Skirt Steak was my favorite; mainly because of all the contrasting, vibrant colors from the various diced vegetables. The Skirt Steak is dusted with santa fe spice then grilled. Finished with watermelon jicama salsa, sweet potato hash and garlic green beans. A house favorite. (And we can see why!)

Sesame Fried Tofu was next on the menu, with crispy sesame encrusted tofu over sautéed tomato coconut curry, onions and red & green peppers, served with rice ‘n beans, this blast of flavor is a dish you will definitely want to try.

And of course, we had to satisfy our sweet tooth, ending with this perfectly balanced creamy and tangy cheesecake.

Our experience at The Blue Mermaid was thoroughly enjoyable, from it's warm atmosphere that made us feel like we were vacationing away from the cold winter approaching, to their delicious menu and tasty cocktails. We left in a satisfied food coma and will definitely be returning, maybe next summer to check out their outdoor deck!  

River House (Revisited)

For this week's blog post, we're very excited to return to 53 Bow St, in downtown Portsmouth NH! Justin Rivlin, General Manager of the River House, and Dave Harbilas, Executive Chef, and Susan Labrie, Sales and Marketing/Function Manager, invited us down the deck on one of the last beautiful sunny October days to get a pre-view of the new Winter Menu.

Please fill us in on whats changed since we were here last.

We are keeping some of our favorites and cold weather favorites, such as the chowder, mussels, and seafood casserole, and are adding some newer dishes that will entice the locals to come down to Bow Street for lunch and dinner!
With the addition of our heated balcony, our customers can enjoy outside eating in a warm, controlled environment while sitting amongst the snow and cold. The balcony overlooks the water and tugboats, and is our most popular place to dine in the winter!
View of the tugboats from the River House deck.

View of the tugboats from the River House deck.

Since the last time we spoke, we also have developed a private function room, where we can entertain up to 36 guests for a seated dinner, or up to 48 for a cocktail style party. It is a very popular place for birthdays, rehearsal dinners, holiday parties, and corporate dinners. We are so excited about the interest in the room, and the many repeat customers, and repeat business clients, that we host.
We have also improved and expanded our wine list, and developed some fun winter cocktails. Our bar tenders are excited to shake it up for our customers.

Let's discuss the dishes that our readers will be seeing.

Dave Harbilas, our executive chef, is so excited to create some new comfort food meals and change up the menu. He is working closely with some great and creative sous chefs, and everyone is working closely together to offer some wonderful alternatives to the typical seafood dishes.

That's fantastic! To start off we sampled some drinks and the Calamari.

The Cornmeal encrusted Calamari is Rhode Island Calamari and cherry peppers delicately tossed in cornmeal and lightly fried. Served with house made marinara and a basil aioli.

Next up is the Winter Citrus Salad.

It comes with mixed greens topped with slices of fresh winter citrus, goat cheese and almonds. Served with a cranberry-citrus vinaigrette.


After the salad we tried this delicious next dish.

Fried Pork Belly over Asian Slaw drizzled with soy orange glaze.

This next meal was one of our favorites.

The Grilled Pork Chop with a cider-tomato glaze.

Last of all we tried the Stuffed Haddock.

It is freshly caught haddock stuffed with lobster artichoke stuffing, served with mashed and seasonal veggies.

Justin Rivlin, General Manager, is looking forward to decorating for all the holidays, and transforming the dining rooms into a warm and welcoming place to dine, by adding candles and rearranging the tables, he is creating a dining experience while enjoying the beautiful view and twinkling lights over the water.

Our goal at the River House is to re-create our menu and dining experience with the seasons and to meet the expectations of our growing customer base.  We have some great loyal customers, and we want to keep them happy with a variety of new foods and beverages in a cozy atmosphere.
We enjoyed having you, and love the work you are doing with the Port Inn!

Thanks to everyone at the River House for having us come back to their great restaurant! We always have a great experience when we go there. They are a prime location for dining on the waterfront and we highly recommend that you head over to 53 Bow Street if you haven't already.

Make sure to check out the slideshow below because it's packed with extra dishes and bonus shots from the photo shoot. The extra dishes include the House Made hummus, (a veggie and pita platter to share), the Traditional Cobb Salad, the Chicken Saltimbocca (Boneless chicken breast stuffed with prosciutto, whole milk mozzarella, garlic and herbs. Served with a lemon-white wine butter), and you can't forget the Flourless Chocolate Cake, which is Gluten free and decadent. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for our next post!