If these little snacks whet your appetite, the new dinner menu at Eve's has a classic upscale appeal, and adding a few appetizers to your order gives you a sense of it. Sautéed shrimp and veal sweetbreads are served like their own little entrées with purple heirloom potatoes and sautéed watercress. A ravioli appetizer featured juicy pillows of duck confit whose rich saltiness worked nicely with the sweet orange and cardamom gastrique. These dishes give you a better sense of the talent in the kitchen, and the signs seem good.
Though he is a patron saint of democracy, Rousseau let his disgust with his contemporaries drive him to live out his final years alone in the natural splendor of the Île Saint-Pierre. When we grow weary of the crowds, the courtyard at Eve's offers a more reasonable respite.
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PATIO AT EVE'S AT THE GARDEN |at Portland Harbor Hotel, 468 Fore St, Portland | Happy hour daily 4:30-6 pm | Visa/MC/Disc/Amex | 207.775.9090
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