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“Fine dining in the forest”
Review of Earth

Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$50 - US$50
Cuisines: Healthy
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Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Hidden Pond Lane
Description: **Earth at Hidden Pond is currently closed for the winter season. We thank our guests for another great year and look forward to welcoming you back in May 2018.** Simple yet innovative, Executive Che Joe Schafer's menu at Earth focuses on "farm to fork" freshness. In addition to local meats and seafood, ingredients are used from one of two onsite organic gardens-picked daily and incorporated into each dish to enhance the many flavors and provide a taste that only fresh ingredients deliver. Hand-made pastas, house-made charcuterie and wood oven fired pizzas are thoughtfully prepared and sure to impress your palate. Our wine program features selections from countries such as Argentina, Chile, and Lebanon, while inspired, signature libations are concocted with freshly muddled fruits and fresh herbs from the garden.
Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

Having heard whispers and great reviews of this restaurant when we arrived in Kennebunkport, we figured we had to give it a try.

Driving from the Boathouse Hotel, we took a number of windy roads and even a dirt path that led us to a candlelit parking lot.

As we walked up to the restaurant, we noticed a pool and spa off in the distance.

The restaurant preaches farm to table but delivers on their promise.

Walking into the restaurant, we were blown away by the decor. It had beautiful lighting fixtures, a gigantic all-wood bar, and a real fireplace and wood burning oven.

Our table wasn't quite ready since we showed up a little early, so we started with drinks at the bar. We had a Thai basil gin cocktail and a cocktail with bourbon and saspirilla. As we sipped our cocktails, we inquired with the bartender about the menu. He proceeded willingly to take the time to walk us through every item on the menu.

We brought our cocktails to the table and were walked through the menu by our server in further detail.

My boyfriend, a trained chef, wondered what reindeer moss was and they gladly brought a little bowl to the table for us to try. It's comparable to an earthy version of frico.

House bread and olive oil were brought to the table with our round of snacks. Beef tartar, blistered shishito peppers, oven roasted peaches, and crispy oysters with a pepper and bacon jam.

The next course that we shared was buratta with cherries, garden fresh herbs, and an excellent black olive powder.

We then had chicken and pasta. The pasta was cavatelli with kale, spring onions. The chicken was brined for three days , served with confit vegetables including chanterelle mushrooms and a goat whey foam that didn't have a huge impact on the dish.

We ordered tempranillo wine by the glass, which was excellent.

Before even considering dessert, we took a late night stroll around the gorgeous property. There was a campfire, the sound of bullfrogs and beautiful lanterns.

For desert, we had a lemon curd which was too good. It had coconut ice cream, edible flowers and crunchy pistachio brittle.

If you visit Kennebunkport, you would be foolish to not go to this restaurant!

Thank AlyssaCl
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

If a Michelin Guide critic had been sitting at our Potting Shed table last night, he would have been shaking his head in wonderment at how a seasonal restaurant (1 May to 1 November) could possibly operate at such a high standard. Then he would have necessarily (but in all likelihood reluctantly) awarded the experience 2 Stars.

The food coming out of Justin Walker's kitchen and served with impeccable timing by our server Matt (didn't get a last name) was simply perfect. It is rare indeed for a chef to push the limits of flavor combinations like Chef Walker and not miss the mark at least once. He was on mark with every dish.

Throughout our trip to Maine we have encountered only restaurants with expensive and limited wine lists with no apparent willingness to allow customers to bring in their own wine. Sadly, Earth is no exception to this rule. While Earth's wine list is more carefully selected than most in Maine and priced in line with other area restaurants, I would like to see a move toward allowing customers to bring their own wine. As forward thinking as Earth's management is, I have to wonder if Maine liquor laws don't allow for BYO.

If anyone has had the pleasure of visiting Blackberry Farm in Tennessee, you will feel right at home at Hidden Pond and at Earth. It is comparable, though on a smaller scale. I would want to replicate the experience we had last night at least once before awarding Earth 2 Michelin Stars, but clearly Earth should be on anyone's bucket list of restaurants to visit in the northeast. Earth is a very special place.

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2  Thank gohogs89
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

In response to a previous review titled "Terribly Inept Manager"... we were guests on the night of the "alleged incident". My husband and I were sitting at the table directly beside the person who claimed to have seaweedy dressing on her blouse and shorts. First of all, the guests were eating oysters on a half shell with decorative seaweed on ice. There was no dressing involved. We saw a couple of pieces of seaweed fall off the plate and hit the chair, but it absolutely did not ever touch the guest. Second, the server and manager were more than accommodating to the guests and never rolled their eyes or acted rude. In fact, we were completely shocked at the rude behavior the guests demonstrated. They acted very entitled and we overheard them comment about wanting their entire meal purchased for 6 people. We assumed they were trying to scam the restaurant as the woman kept touching her back trying to pretend there was some type of food on it when clearly there was not.
We had an AMAZING meal that evening and the service was outstanding. I had a chicken dish that was out of this world and my husband had diver scallops. You will not be disappointed by this restaurant. It has to be the best restaurant in all of Maine. We will be back on our next trip to Maine for certain and will look forward to it.

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2  Thank Nicole G
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

Having had the opportunity to experience Justin Walker's food when he was at Arrows restaurant in Ogunquit, we were not surprised by the excellent quality we enjoyed at Earth. Our meal was a study in perfection from start to finish. We chose to start with two different specialty cocktails, which were, indeed, special. We followed our cocktails with a bottle of wine and two items from the snack menu. Our waitress explained that the snacks were slightly smaller than the appetizers. The beef tartar was unlike any tartar we've ever had; tender, finely chopped beef, mixed with just the right combination of herbs over a smear of basil sauce and topped with pea shoots. The shoshito peppers, served grilled, dressed and salted, were also delicious. We then had an appetizer of yellowfin tuna poke served with an amazing scotch emulsion. For our pasta couse, we thoroughly enjoyed the strozzapretti with wild lambsquarters, chicken of the woods, basil and pecorino sardo. Finally, the entrees of halibut chop with lobster, daikon and rice cake and of wood fired lobster with meyer lemon curry leaf were both a gustatory delight. Even though we were too full for dessert, we not only indulged in a dessert, we almost licked the plate clean. Earth is fine dining at its best.

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1  Thank Claudia C
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

I just returned home from my meal at Earth... I am sitting here thinking of all the amazing flavors I savored at my fabulous dinner. I am local and feel very lucky to have such a talented team of chefs and servers in this little town. Thank you for entertaining my taste buds! We will be back soon.

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1  Thank mainechristoo
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