It had been a couple of years since we've been through Portland and Grace was still somewhat new to the scene when we were last there. So we'd been interested in trying it for a while.
Yes, the space is very unique. The church shows its age some (the floors are rather creaky), but the central bar area and the kitchen are imaginatively designed and they've done a nice job maintaining much of the architecture and the character of the space. Despite the cavernous surroundings, we found that noise was much less an issue than we'd expected even though the place was quite busy the night we dined there.
The food was all very good. An Anadama bread and molasses butter were a bit sweet for my taste, but a nice change of pace from the usual baguette or sour dough. We enjoyed a special squash "salad" that was unusual and satisfying. The bone marrow starter was without question on the better versions of the dish I've had in some years -- generous bones cooked perfectly with a parsley and lemon accompaniment to balance the richness of the marrow. For entrees we shared the rabbit which was delicious, and a halibut fillet which was perfectly prepared -- a nice crunchy sear on the outside, perfectly tender in the middle. The portions were generous without being overwhelming. As such, there was no room for dessert, even though several offerings were intriguing.
Service was attentive and pleasant throughout the meal. As much as we love Fore Street, Grace provided a delightful Portland alternative.
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