Long wait and unimpressed
This is our first stop in Maine. Actually, we were suppose to go to a Thai restaurant on Fore St but it closed down. This was the second choice. There are couple of tables outside but the humid air around us made it feel like I would die from over-perspiration, so we hopped in.
The decor is not very impressive. It had a feel of a diner, with a bar on the left side, and a few tables hidden by the column on the right side. The whole place is cover in yellow. You know what they say about yellow, right? You don't? Okay, I will tell you. Yellow walls drive people crazy.
Anyway, enough about the decor. I will probably drive you mad too if I keep talking about the decor and not the food.
French Onion Soup - I tried this. Very heavy, but quite delicious. It is covered with a layer of cheese that is melted on the bottom but a nice crisp top from being in the oven.
Provenchal crepe - savory crepe with shrimps, pesto, and tomatoes. I did not like this. The shrimps were cut down the center as halves and there were about 6 halves in the crepe. But the shrimp had no flavor. I guess I'm just use to shrimps being flavored (cajun, garlic, pepper, etc.). The whole crepe lacked flavor.The tossed salad on the side was actually pretty good.
So the hit and miss food already earned it a 3 stars in my mind. But to top it off, the service is horrible. Not that they treated us badly, just that there's one waitress/hostess/bartender/cashier for the whole time we were there (around 1:30 PM). We waited over 10 minutes for our water and menu and then another 30 - 40 minutes for our food. The table next to us were waiting for the bill for so long that they just got up and paid the bill at the bar.
There's too many good restaurants in Portland to waste your time here, unless you crave crepes. In that case, prepare to wait.
Decor: 3 out of 5
Service: 2 out of 5
Food: 3 out of 5
Value: 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5
The Merry Table
43 Wharf St
Portland, ME 04101