The Wrap: Mitr showcases Thai road meals on outer Congress

The Wrap: Mitr showcases Thai street food on outer Congress

The restaurateurs behind Mi Sen Noodle Bar and the previous Cheevitdee in Outdated Port have launched a brand new restaurant on outer Congress Road with a deal with grilled Thai road meals.

Referred to as Mitr, the brand new 20-seat venue opened final Tuesday at 1281 Congress St. Mitr’s meals had been previewed at pop-ups in Mi Sen final 12 months, although the brand new restaurant confronted lots of the identical supply chain and labor shortage delays dogging new openings throughout the area.

Co-owner Jongpol Jujaroen mentioned he and associate Darit Chandpen – proprietor of Mi Sen – didn’t need Mitr to copy different Thai eating places in Portland, in order that they selected to deal with charbroiled Thai road meals. “We wished to do one thing completely different,” he mentioned.

Along with commonplace stir-fries like pad Thai and pineapple fried rice, the Mitr menu provides a line of grilled skewers that includes proteins like rooster livers, cuttlefish and pork stomach, together with extra acquainted dishes like rooster satay with peanut sauce.

Mitr is open for dinner Tuesday via Saturday, from 4:30 till 9:30 p.m. “We’re trying so as to add extra hours sooner or later, we simply don’t have the workers proper now,” Jujaroen mentioned.


After months of renovations and a number of other years closed for the pandemic, Portland’s acclaimed Japanese restaurant Miyake will reopen later this month to disclose a brand new eating room.

Miyake’s reopening is scheduled for Tuesday for walk-ins solely. The renovation venture on the Fore Road restaurant, which was begun final spring, has added a brand new 10-seat bar and 8-seat sushi counter, amongst different adjustments to the inside.

Based on its web site, Miyake gained’t settle for reservations for its first week again open. Some reservations for seatings beginning Dec. 6 might be out there completely on-line on Nov. 29.

“Please be aware that our new house is small,” Miyake said on its Fb web page, “and due to this fact reservations are restricted in quantity.” The refurbished inside reportedly seats 28 individuals.

A spokesperson for Miyake couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.


Screenings of the award-winning documentary movie, “Hearts of Glass” on the Press Resort later this month provide Mainers a glimpse of what the Vertical Harvest Farm beneath development in Westbrook can imply for the area.

The Press Resort is internet hosting two free screenings on Tuesday at 3 p.m. and seven p.m. The 68-minute movie chronicles the primary 15 months of operation for the Vertical Harvest Farm in Jackson Gap, Wyoming.

The primary of its sort in North America when it opened in 2016, the multi-story, state-of-the-art hydroponic greenhouse in Jackson Gap grows crops whereas offering jobs with aggressive pay for individuals with disabilities. Westbrook’s vertical farm, anticipated to be absolutely constructed on William Clark Drive by fall 2023, is a 68-foot tower for hydroponic gardening with the potential to provide 2.6 million kilos of produce yearly.

A forty five-minute question-and-answer session and panel dialogue will comply with every screening. Vertical Harvest Farms co-founder Caroline Croft-Estay, Vertical Harvest worker Sean Stone, and filmmaker Jennifer Tennican might be readily available to speak about what’s occurred for the reason that making of this movie in Jackson Gap and in addition about plans for the Westbrook vertical farm.

Reserve free tickets for the screenings online.


Twelve restaurant on Thames Road in Portland has earned a spot on Esquire journal’s annual list of greatest new eating places in America, profitable reward for “the fanciest lobster roll ever and extra.”

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The nice and cozy lobster roll at Portland’s Twelve, which Esquire journal named among the best new eating places within the nation. Picture by Meredith Brockington

Twelve is the one Maine restaurant and one in every of solely two New England eating places – together with La Royal in Cambridge, Massachusetts – to make the lower for the extremely esteemed and influential Esquire record, which marks its fortieth anniversary this 12 months.

Esquire’s writeup notes that Twelve Chef Colin Wyatt was previously government sous-chef on the Manhattan fine-dining mecca Eleven Madison Park, earlier than transferring to Maine to run the kitchen at Twelve.

“There are solely twelve objects on the prix fixe however Wyatt makes good use of his new residence. The state reveals up within the colours,” writes reviewer Joshua David Stein. “The brilliant orange of candy potato Parker home rolls mimic the foliage; the pumpkin-seed butter that accompanies them recollects the fields.

“And goddamn if his soigne lobster roll – a whole half lobster impossibly folded right into a small very buttery laminated dough – doesn’t flip the amount of the previous Maine banger as much as twelve,” Stein continues.

Since opening in July, Twelve has met with enormous acclaim from nationwide critics. In September, the New York Instances named Twelve and Leeward among the many greatest 50 eating places within the nation.


Simply in time for the vacations, Ragged Coast Candies of Westbrook has launched its new line of baking mixes that characteristic Maine-milled flours from Maine Grains and immediately traded chocolate from Latin America.

The mixes embrace Craft Chocolate Brownie, Chocolate Cake and Chocolate Chunk Scone. Ragged Coast can also be within the technique of repackaging its baking chocolates as a part of the launch.

The mixes and baking chocolates can be found on the market on the Ragged Coast Candies manufacturing unit retailer in Westbrook, on their web site, and on the cabinets of retail companions all through Maine, together with LeRoux Kitchen.

“The thought with the mixes is to get residence cooks enthusiastic about these elements, in order that they wish to enterprise into making an attempt different recipes with these actually distinctive sweets,” Ragged Coast co-owner Kate Shaffer mentioned.

To this finish, the corporate has launched a YouTube channel by which Shaffer – from her residence kitchen in Portland – offers tutorials on the mixes and baking sweets. Ragged Coast hopes to launch one episode per week, and can ultimately characteristic different residence cooks utilizing the sweets and mixes in their very own kitchens.

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