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“Good Beer Decent Food, We will return!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of In'finiti Fermentation & Distillation

In'finiti Fermentation & Distillation
250 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 221-8889
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Ranked #149 of 552 Restaurants in Portland
Cuisines: Brew Pub
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
Portland, Maine
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54 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Good Beer Decent Food, We will return!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

This was our first visit. We sat at the bar and tried all 4 of the in house beers they had on tap. All of the beers were good but the dark beers, Disbelief (a Belgian style dark) and the porter were our favorites. The Blonde a Belgian style and the Mild were also both good. We tried 4 of the small plate / tapas items. The best was probably the scallops ceviche. We also had the chorizo with quail egg, lobster and mascarpone arancini and the beef and stilton croquets. All were very good but the croquets really screamed for a bit more salt.

The atmosphere has a bit of a steampunk vibe. The brewery is the main view from the bar. The kitchen is open and viewable from the far end of the bar. Unfortunately this place is acoustically loud and could use some sound deadening material. The lousy music they were playing didn't help. Like it's sibling Novare Res the staff seems to be more interested in their personal music taste and doesn't take a look at the actual crowd they have.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Overpriced, underfed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

Nice atmosphere and fun scene but food is seriously lacking in substance and quality. Beer selection is good so if that is all you are looking for, stop in. I hope they get a less pretentious with themselves and look back at their novare res roots.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“Great Quality”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

My overall feeling of In'finity? I would be very excited to go back if someone else was paying, and would feel indifferent if I were paying.

The quality of the food here is fantastic and the atmosphere is almost rustic/steampunk in stye. At the time of our visit they did not have very much of their own brews/distillations, but these things take time, and can not be expected to have happened within a month of their opening. What they do have excites me for their future concoctions. Each of their 3 beers they had on tap had their own style and flavor, and none disappointed. The drink dubbed "Demonade," and served in a chemist's flask, was a fantastic mix of fun and alcohol.

The only downside to our whole experience was the portion size for the price. Quality ingredients and great chefs cost more, but when you plan to spend more than $50 a head, you shouldn't go home and open the fridge for a snack. My Turf and Turf came with an acceptable portion of meat, but only about a 1/4c of polenta. Although polenta is very inexpensive, a little bit more on the plate would have made me feel like my meal was much more satisfying. That being said, it is well worth giving a try. If my pockets were a fatter I would be a regular.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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