Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Blue Mermaid Island Bar and Grill
We visited the Blue Mermaid Island bar and grill for dinner while we were in Portsmouth. It was adjacent to our hotel, which was very convenient, and it was a "Rachael Ray Portsmouth pick" so we felt we had to try it. The food was Caribbean-style, quite creative with a lot of use of spices. I had the Sweet Potato coconut curry soup (yum!) followed by the Cilantro Basil Cod Cakes (delish!). Tony had the Bimini Chicken, which was Pan roasted boneless breast of chicken sautéed with bananas and walnuts in a bourbon coconut sauce, served with sweet potato hash (v. nice), Robert had Orange Ginger Spring Rolls, filled with napa cabbage, sprouts, carrots and ginger, fried and served with an Island peanut sauce in a rice-cake basket (creative and tasty). Emma had a burger (no comment). Tony sampled some local ales and I washed my meal down with a couple of "Merman" margaritas made with Tequila, Blue Curacao and lime juice. Very drinkable with a bit of a kick! No wonder we paid it a return visit.