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John Golden

John Golden writes about food and has a highly opinionated blog, The Golden Dish.

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Posted: March 16, 2015

The art of plating: Fine displays of food are beautifully served with savoir-faire at Portland restaurants

Written by: John Golden

Part of the enjoyment of fine dining – and I don’t mean starched white table-clothed dining rooms – is the artistry of food plating. From the perfect burger resplendent on brioche bun, to small-plate design motifs, to the spare simplicity of Asian sensibilities, what we’re eating is increasingly a work of art.

Take a look at some fine plating as shown in various restaurants that I visited in the last several weeks.

No one makes potato pancakes as well as at Schulte and Herr--here paired with house-smoked salmon, cornichons and rashidsh matchsticks

No one makes potato pancakes as well as at Schulte and Herr–here paired with house-smoked dilled salmon, cornichons, capers and radish matchsticks. John Golden photo

At Bao Bao, this salad of celery went beautifully with perfect pan-seared dumplings

At Bao Bao, this salad of crisp spears of chilled  celery went beautifully with perfect pan-seared dumplings. John Golden photos

At Tiqa during a packed house over the weekend during restaurant week, the bread plate is complete with za' atar and a stunning first course of cream of lentil soup

At Tiqa in a packed house over the weekend during restaurant week, the bread plate is complete with za’ atar and olive oil–and a stunning first course of cream of lentil soup. John Golden photos

Ramen bowl (without broth) at Pai Men Miyake

Ramen bowl (without broth) at Pai Men Miyake. John Golden photo

At Ebb and Flow, fillet of branzino

At Ebb and Flow, fillet of branzino. John Golden photo

Sunday brunch at Central Provisions included buttermilk pancakes with farm butter and Maine maple syrup and hash browns with farm egg

Sunday brunch at Central Provisions included buttermilk pancakes with farm butter and Maine maple syrup and hash browns with farm egg. John Golden photos

Momma School's chicken pot pie at LFK

Momma School’s chicken pot pie at LFK. John Golden photo

A perfect finale to Maine Restaurant Week, Coffee By Design hosted a coffee and dessert pairing on Sunday at their main roasting headquarters on Diamond Street in East Bayside. Locals convened to have great pastries prepared by some of our best pastry chefs from bakeries and restaurants. There was plenty of coffee to go around, my favorite being CBD’s Ethiopian Sidano prepared using the Chemex method. Here’s a sampling of the sweets served.

Top row clockwise: Love Kupcakes' brownies from Frisky Whisk; chocolate torte with olive oil panna cotta; the crowd at CBD's Diamond Street roaster headquarters; Chemex coffee and Dave's Decadence from Two Fat Cats

Top row clockwise: Love Kupcakes;’ brownies from Frisky Whisk; Tiqa’s chocolate torte with olive oil panna cotta; the crowd at CBD’s Diamond Street roaster headquarters; Chemex coffee and Dave’s Decadence from Two Fat Cats. John Golden photos

 

 

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