Saturday, December 7, 2013
Chefs David Turin and Pierre Gignac are bringing their well-established culinary skils to brand new restaurants opening tomorrow, May 15, in hotels owned by the Kennebunkport Resort Collection.
Artist rendering of The Boathouse
Never one to rest on his (considerable) laurels, Turin is opening David's KPT and a second location of David's Opus Ten, his clever restaurant-within-a-restaurant in Portland. Both are located in The Boathouse, a new, boutique hotel built on the site of the former Landing restaurant, on the harbor side of the Kennebunk River. David's KPT will have 200 seats and David's Opus Ten will have just 20. From a press release: "Diners can sit at an arched mahogany bar made of reclaimed wood from The Landing or at tables positioned alongside floor-to-ceiling windows that open up for al fresco dining during the summer. "
Chef David Turin/David's Restaurant
Menu highlights include: steak and lobster white pizza and ginger and scallion-crusted salmon with wasabi mashed potatoes and sesame snow peas. Drink specials and a small plates menu will be served Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m.; Thursdays are $1 oyster nights. David's Opus Ten offers "its own chef-demo area and fixed-price, mult-course menu with optional wine pairings." Here's what Turin told Meredith Goad in March about his latest restaurants.
The dining room at Ocean/Kennebunkport Resort Collection
Gignac, a Montreal native and the former chef/owner of 98 Provence in Ogunquit, will launch Ocean, a revamped existing restaurant in the Cape Arundel Inn, recently acquired by Kennebunkport Resort Group. "Ocean has panoramic windows overlooking the crashing surf of the Atlantic ... Simply elegant, the color palette is crisp navy and tan with a rich geometric carpet. A new mahogany bar and a large front porch with all-American views of Walker’s Point encourage diners to enjoy the view before sitting comfortably in grand leather banquette seating as candles flicker on white tablecloths."
Chef Pierre Gignac/Kennebunkport Resort Collection
Gignac's French-inspired menu includes rack of lamb with green olive tapenade, zucchini blossoms, fava beans, and tarragon vinegar sauce and sea scallops with hen-of-the-woods mushrooms, lemongrass, coconut milk veloute and asparagus. Every Monday, the chef will prepare Provence Fisherman's Stew, featuring local seafood, of course.
The Kennebunkport Resort Collection also owns the restaurants Earth at Hidden Pond, One Dock, The Tides Beach Club and Abbondante, opening later this month by David Ross and Merrilee Paul, the couple behind the Kennebunk eateries 50 Local and Owen's Farmhouse. Another of the group's new hotels, The Grand, will have an in-house outlet of the Kitchen Chicks catering company offering casual breakfasts and lunches when it opens in June.Tweet
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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