Wednesday, December 11, 2013
You may have noticed in our Food & Dining section a couple of weeks ago a list that I made of new restaurants opening in southern Maine this spring.
Now I know more about the two new restaurants Portland chef David Turin is planning to open in Kennebunkport.
David’s Kennebunkport and the second David’s Opus Ten, located on the site of the old Landing Hotel and Restaurant, will be affiliated with the new Boathouse Hotel & Marina, a boutique luxury hotel that is part of the Kennebunkport Resort Collection. The Kennebunkport Resort Collection also owns Hidden Pond, which is the resort that houses Earth, the restaurant that claims Boston chef Ken Oringer as a consultant; the Kennebunkport Inn; The Tides Beach Club; and several other luxury properties in the area.
When David’s Kennebunkport opens on May 15, it will have 200 seats and a water view from the harbor side of the Kennebunk River. The hotel’s 12 guest rooms will be situated above the restaurant and feature panoramic windows and private balconies. (Got a boat? Don’t worry, your room comes with deep water dockage.)
The restaurant will have an arched mahogany bar made of reclaimed wood from The Landing. In the dining room, there will be tables placed by floor-to-ceiling windows that open up for al fresco dining in the summer. More outdoor dining will be available on a wrap-around deck.
David’s will have a semi-open kitchen located behind “an expansive shelving of wine bottles,” with small openings that allow just a peek into what’s going on in there.
A press release from the KRC says you can expect the menu to include dishes such as steak and lobster white pizza with garlic butter grilled steak, lobster, roasted tomato, caramelized onion, goat cheese, arugula, cracked pepper, parmesan, lemon and parsley; ginger and scallion crusted salmon with wasabi mashed potatoes and sesame snow peas, asparagus, and a balsamic glaze; and pepper crusted sushi rare tuna with sesame peanut soba noodles, Szechwan citrus dipping sauce, and sesame asparagus.
David’s Opus Ten in Portland is a restaurant-within-a-restaurant that has its own little kitchen, and a fixed price/multi-course menu with optional wine pairings available. The new Opus Ten in Kennebunkport will be no different. The 20-seat Kennebunkport version will serve seven courses Tuesday through Thursday and nine courses on Friday and Saturday, just like the Portland restaurant.
No word on who will be the day-to-day chef at the Kennebunkport location. Will the talented Bo Byrne stay on at the Opus Ten in Portland, or move to Kennebunkport? Or will David Turin focus his own efforts on the new Kennebunkport location and leave Byrne in charge of Portland? Or is Turin hiring someone completely new?
Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.
Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business before turning to journalism more than a decade ago. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs. A newcomer to Portland, she is an online content producer for the Press Herald.
Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or saxelrod [at] pressherald.com.
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