Cancun Silver Beads at
Timber Steakhouse & Rotisserie
Soon after Timber opened I remember walking down Exchange Street one evening and being stopped mid-stride by the warm glow of the interior and beautifully lit bar. I love good lighting. Ever since, it has been on our list of must visits. Restaurant week proved to be a great opportunity to get through the door and I’m glad we did.
They have a two-door entrance with a heated vestibule which is priceless on cold Maine nights so you don’t get that freezing draft during your meal from other diners coming and going. The interior of this restaurant is an experience in itself. The lighting is a soft orange and makes you feel like you’re in a cozy living room. The bar is long with plenty of seating, and behind the bar, the wall looks like a wood pile (sliced cross sections of tree trunks) that adds to that warm feel. Timber is on the fancy side for Portland, but comfortable enough so you can relax and have a good time.
Timber likes its bourbons and whiskeys. The waiter recommended the Smashed Whiskey as a favorite and so I had to try. It went down easy – mint, a bit of citrus and lightly sweetened. No-one would call Nicole a whiskey fan, and she thought it was ok. That’s a resounding compliment.
The restaurant week menu had two salads, two entrees and one desert. We both had the wedge salad, which was crisp and creamy. It was our first time having bacon lardons (still not sure what they are), but they tasted good and really made the salad special.
For the main course Nicole had sliced hanger steak with French fries. The fries were awesome and whether it was the 100% grass fed Maine beef, or the chef’s skill, she said it was the best hanger steak she’s ever had. The only downside – they give you a choice of butters and she didn’t care for the stilton chive butter.
I picked the rotisserie chicken which came with a side of green beans. My first bites were the beans and they were otherworldly bringing me to my happy place – a nice crunch with a mild bacon flavor. The flavor was hard to pick-up after eating some chicken so it was good that I started with them. Chicken was spot on as well and you get to pick two dipping sauces.
The finale kept the good times rolling – chocolate mousse, bourbon soaked strawberries, and a gingerbread cookie that had all the right chewiness with a lite sugar dusting. The cookie was so good Nicole now wants to bake some at home. I’m a fan of that.
The check came with Andes chocolate mint candies, which remind us of going out to dinner as kids – loved it! Service was excellent. Food terrific. Whiskey generous. We’ll be back.
This evening’s jewelry was the Cancun necklace and bracelet. Simple, elegant, classic with a nice weight – you know you’re wearing something. Generous size 10mm sterling silver beads. Length of necklace 18”. Great for dress or casual. Beads really popped against black.