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“Imaginative menu in a perfect dining room”
Review of Carmen at the Danforth - CLOSED

Carmen at the Danforth
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Latin
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Winter street
Reviewed December 29, 2012

We loved our four course meal. Her appetizer was chicken liver mousse; mine was an avocado in a creamy vinaigrette, with fried cheese croutons on the side. We both had Rohan Duck Breast, which was rich, crispy and tender. And absolutely delicious. And the room itself felt intimate and at the same time spacious, for eight or nine tables. Wonderful dining experience, all without leaving the Danforth Inn

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Reviewed December 2, 2012

This is a place to go if you have no prombem in spending alot of money for a lovely evening. The best part about the location was the serenity of the room. No yelling to be heard across the table. The food was excellent and the Flan was fantastic. Carmen visited our table and was very charming and informative about her vision for the restaurant. It is the perfect place for a special occasion.

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Thank nmfMaine
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

The place is almost impossible to find. Because it is in a historical area, they can't put up a sign. The place was freezing the night we were there. It isn't beautifully decorated. I was expecting a lovely-looking place. It doesn't have any fine accoutrements. I was happy as I like it cold, but my partner was not. The menu isn't as varied as it should be. They should offer more specials. Also, some dishes on their website are not on the menu, which I could understand but was still disappointed. The wines begin around $35-40. We had a fine red in that price range. The pork was cooked rare which I like. The fish didn't have much flavor and wasn't a large portion. The fried items, like the fried fish dumplings and the plantains were good. But for what we paid, we should have gotten more flavor and larger portions. My partner was hungry when he left. Be prepared to spend around $175 with appetizer, entree, and a bottle of wine. That is high for Portland. I would love to come back but not until the menu changes--more fish and chicken options--and the price is lowered.

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Thank CanCookTonight
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Reviewed November 17, 2012

We ate here on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. This was some of the best food I have ever had in Maine. It even beat 555, which sets a high bar. The presentation was lovely, the service unobtrusive and thoughtful. The wait staff knows the wine list and the menu. I had the roasted potato and garlic soup, the roasted duck with corn flan and a mango-pineapple crisp with cranberry relish. Every item was superb including the baby spinach which was very interesting - not an easy thing to do with spinach! Even the brioche, which they said comes from Standard Bakery, was superb. This space is not easy to find, is not well signed and not well lit, but it is well worth overlooking those things. The dining rooms are small, well appointed but not too stuffy.

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Thank Jodith
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Have a drink in the elegant living room where music and art surround conversation. Next move to one of the three lovely dining rooms where three excellent bread choices are offered as you peruse the menu of creative Spanish fare. If Chestnut soup is featured that evening, begin your meal with this sumptuous soup. Roast duck breast with confit, changing fish offerings flavored with delicious sauces or steak with creative complements will satisfy any palate. Too full for dessert, try the complimentary sweet offered at the end of your meal. No need for familiarity with Spanish/ Puerto Rican food is needed, just appreciation of masterful blending of ingredients! You will definitely return to this wonderful new restaurant.

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Thank passport2europe
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