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Restaurant & Bar Guide

Tiqa

Tiqa information

// Location327 Commercial St.
Portland, ME 04101

// Hours11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday

// Contact207-808-8840
Website

// Price Range$$$

// Cuisine Type Mediterranean,

// Features Brunch, Fireplace, Great Cocktails, Happy Hour, Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair accessible,

// Reviews

⇢ Exquisite and upscale Tiqa in Portland features uncommon wines from around the world

⇢ Tiqa: The rewards of Mediterranean cooking unfold seamlessly at Portland’s newest dining tour-de-force

⇢ Dine Out Maine: When you break bread at Tiqa, you’ll sense you’re in good hands

Tiqa

// AT A GLANCE
At Tiqa, a modern Mediterranean restaurant on Commercial Street, you’ll find dishes from 12 countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. It’s an ambitious project to offer foods that at once showcase France, Portugal and Syria, but thanks to chef Bo Byrne’s research, it’s a generally successful one. When you visit, start with a cocktail – the infused martinis change regularly, and are a good, clean option that works well with food. The wine list is even more wide-reaching than the menu and spans New and Old World bottles, but for your best food pairing, stick to the places where the dishes come from, like a bottle of the Greek 2011 Thymiopolous Uranos ($45), a spicy and unfiltered xinomavro-based red. Be sure to order the light falafel and lemony baba ghanoush – you can get them together as part of the mezze platter, but if you order them a la carte, you can fast-forward past the lackluster hummus and Brussels sprouts. Do try the sour-savory sumac chicken (one of the most popular dishes) and the haddock, encrusted in a unique, nutty red lentil dust, and then order the baklava that comes with candied lemon peel that the prep cooks hate, but you will love. And don’t miss out on the bread, especially the za’atar-sprinkled focaccia – it’s a delight, and best of all, you can buy some to take home with you, where you can snack on it as you pretend you’re watching the sun set over Cinque Terre or Tel Aviv. 3.5 Stars. June 24, 2016.