A single night's stay limited our search to the few major restaurants surrounding the port in the Portsmouth downtown area. A tour of the area cautioned us that these could likely be very good, but traditional feasts of seafood. We were looking, as always, for that cut above in cuisine, quality, and presentation. Black Trumpet was packed full on a Monday night, the menu promising, and the attraction of a sommelier's touch evident -- resident in the wine club on the second floor of the establishment, also serving the full menu.
Marvelous! The seafood perfectly prepared in sauces imaginative and unexpected -- perfectly matched to the essence and spirit of the dish. Great matchings of wine to dish. Service both personal and gracious. Without exception, THE recommended place for a fine meal in Portsmouth.
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