Apparently, May is fiddlehead season in Maine. Vodka Stinger learned this from her Maine-based aunt, who told her to order anything with fiddleheads that she finds on the Maine restaurant menus. Dutifully following directions, Vodka orders the fluke special with fiddleheads at Street & Co. at her dinner in Portland. Not really knowing what fiddleheads are, they taste mildly of asparagus, and they are indeed fairly scrumptious. In fact, my travel partner and I would have added Street & Co. to our own personal Best Thing I Ever Ate list.
|Those Green Doodads are Fiddleheads|
Alex Guarnaschelli featured Miyake Restaurant on the IN A BOWL episode of Best Thing I Ever Ate, spouting on about the unexpected deliciousness of their mushroom miso soup. Usually believing in Alex’s taste to a tee, Vodka and friend head to Miyake for lunch after their whoopie pie and a trip to the Portland art museum.
|In Search of Maine Miso|
We assume this is a Maine kind of policy.
Anyway, we order the lunch special, which consists of miso soup, a salad, and an entrée. And this is when the trouble begins.
|They Also Threw in This Appetizer for Free|
And it’s not.
Call me crazy, but if a restaurant is shown on a television program, the featured dish should ALWAYS be on the menu. No exceptions. Miyake does not seem to share this sentiment.
They explain that the mushrooms that are in that particular soup are only available in October and November, but since we have no plans to go back to Portland in the fall (or probably ever), we both temporarily consider walking out before proceeding with our meal, including non-mushroom miso soup.
|Severely Lacking in Mushrooms|
|But It Makes for a Pretty Picture|
|A Frankenstein of Fish|
Oh, and bite-size sushi rolls would also be appreciated.
Miyake Restaurant’s Miso Soup: 3 stars