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Black Trumpet Bistro

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2019 Winner
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SMALL DISHES
6
Fried Almonds
Olives and Garlic
11
Octopus
marinated in n'duja with marjoram-scented olives and piquillo romesco
9
Hipster Meatball
with house hot sauce, crème fraiche, red sauce and pickle
10
Braised Escargots
on whole wheat sourdough, lardons, blue cheese rarebit and Brussels sprouts
10
Celery Root Croquettes
with quince paste and marinated Manchego
13
Chef's Meze Plate
a daily assortment of three little dishes in one
MEDIUM DISHES
9
Spiced Pumpkin and Turnip Bisque
with sage oil and crème fraiche
16
Quail Adobado
on potato galette with arugula and lardons
15
Arugula and Treviso Salad
with sugar beet marmalade, meyer lemon oil, candied cranberries, confit duck shards and chèvre
14
Chistorra, squash and fideo Shakshuka
with quail egg
17
Bay Scallops
local black beans, red cabbage and fermented pepper miso dressing
MAIN COURSES
22
Porcini and Spinach Pappardelle
with smoked squash, mushrooms, pearl onions and marsala-caper cream sauce
28
Gulf of Maine Fish
with meyer lemon gremolata, rice and beans and spinach pistou
29
Duck Breast
with pomegranate orange glaze, polenta and braised cabbages
27
Grassfed Beef Flank Steak
ricotta mashed potatoes and poblano velouté
28
Goat and Root Tagine
with roasted peppers and couscous
28
Marinated Pork Sirloin
with Vermont rice, Brussels sprouts, apple and brown butter
CHEESES AND CHARCUTERIE
Paired with mustard, pickle and sweet preserve. 1 choice $7 / 2 choices $13 / 3 choices $19 (1 oz. per selection)
CHEESES
Moses Sleeper- Jasper Hill Farm- VT
Pasteurized cow's milk, thin bloomy rind, milky and nutty
3 Year Cheddar- Shelburne Farms-VT
Raw cow's milk, bright and fruity
Hinsman Settler-Jasper Hill Farm, VT
Raw cow's milk and raw sheep, pungent
CHARCUTERIE
Charcuterie
Daily selection of charcuterie
FEATURED ITEMS
Made in house daily and served with Casco Bay honey-lemon poppy seed butter
Our Seasonal Breads
Rye loaf and Sourdough Baguette
ELIXIRS
$13
Black Trumpet
Vodka, limoncello, blackberry-vanilla purée, lime
Williwaw
Fennel-infused vodka, Crème de Cassis, lemon balm syrup, fresh lemon juice and egg white
Maltose Falcon
Don Q Rum, Fino sherry, Mott the Lesser wort syrup and cherry cordial
Harvest Moonshine
Bourbon, Calvados, pear purée, almond syrup, cinnamon syrup, lemon juice and cider
Lord Horatio
Beefeater, Zucca Rhubarbaro, Dubonnet Rouge, grapefruit juice, simple syrup and fresh lime
Higo Maniac
Szechuan Peppercorn Tequila, Dolin Blanc, fig syrup, ginger and orange bitters
Cocktail of the Week
Please inquire with your server about our featured cocktail
Giulio Kingdom
Caperitif, Cocchi Americano, Cardamaro, lemon, Benedictine and honey syrup
WINE BY THE GLASS
WHITE
12
Sauvignon Blanc, Pablo Claro, Castilla La Mancha, SP 2016
11
Viura/Tempranillo Blanco, Carlos Serres, Rioja, SP 2016
10
Piquepoul, Picpoul de Pinet, Les Vignerons de Florensac, Languedoc, FR 2017
9
Chenin Blanc / Chardonnay / Semillon, Badenhorst 'The Curator', Swartland, SA 2016
12
Chardonnay, Foxglove, Central Coast, CA 2016
PRICE RANGE
$31 - $50
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I frequent Portsmouth a number of times a year but until now had never eaten at the Black Trumpet. I was curious because of being only one of two restaurants in New Hampshire where the chef received the James Beard award. I have to admit...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank 549nealg
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant came up as one of the highest rated places in Portsmouth on most searches I came across. It’s location is nice, on a quiet street by the water. The restaurant has a nice decor and relaxed vibe about it. We visited on a...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Eddie_Nero
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were seeking quality, creative cuisine in Portsmouth and the Black Trumpet didn’t disappoint! We were fortunate to be greeted by chef/owner Evan, who was ever so pleasant and yet humble. We ordered the deviled duck eggs, burger (smoked fries are divine!) and Thai soft...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Corks-Forks
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Before you read the following review, please know that a manager of this restaurant did reach out to me regarding this experience and offered a gift card to amend the situation. Although we will not be in the area anytime soon, I am very satisfied...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Rebecca_Dancer
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This resturant looked great and a perfect place for a mothers day gift, but soon I notcied what terrible service it had. Our family and I waited for a very long time after the manager told us we had to wait for our reservation. He...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank _BellaKC14_
Reviewed April 25, 2019

I went to this place because it was supposed to be one of Portsmouth's best. well I was very disappointed. First let me say that I made a reservation a week a head and the only time I could get was before 6 PM. I...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank catskillperson
Reviewed April 2, 2019

My wife and I had dinner at Black Trumpet recently. It was excellent. There is a somewhat more formal dining space downstairs, and a more casual bar area with six or eight small tables upstairs. We were seated upstairs. It's a charming and comfortable space,...More

Date of visit: March 2019
1  Thank DT1963
Reviewed February 4, 2019 via mobile

I sat at the bar, as I was there alone. The bar is upstairs which is much more lively then the first floor. “Bistro” really is the right word, as the restaurant is small, floor to ceiling natural wood, cozy lights and what once was...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank LaurenM678
Reviewed January 14, 2019

Black Trumpet Bistro is a bit of a hidden gem. It is located on a small side street in Portsmouth, but we luckily had a reliable recommendation to check it out. And, we were glad we did. It is a cozy restaurant set up on...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank aliceann1
Reviewed December 19, 2018 via mobile

Tucked into an old brick building next to another popular restaurant, this place is small and special. Copper tables, which added to ambiance. The service was good, not great. Friendly, but not particularly accommodating. Was not overly excited about my entree. I found the pork...More

Date of visit: December 2018
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