78 Middle St, Portland
The Honey Paw is quickly becoming one of the most sought after restaurants in Portland. Their Asian fusion cuisine makes perfect nods to both their roots and Maine— incorporating lots of seafood, but also traditional Asian dishes. Do yourself a favor and get in the waitlist EARLY— you’ll usually have a wait regardless of the time or day! Also, be sure to ALWAYS save room for dessert, there. Their honey soft serve with honeycomb and dark chocolate sea salt is what dreams are made of!
First night in Portland, restaurant busy and able to get seat at bar. Bartender was terrific. Busy, but full of information. Tried his favorite drink (version of an Old Fashioned), and learned about Portland. Food was prompt, and delicious. Mussels were plump, sweet, and the broth required more bread. Group of four and we shared half the menu. All dishes done well, looked good, and taste was terrific. Great way to start Maine vacation and wonderful experience with the staff.
Bartenders were friendly and the Yuzu frozen drink was the highlight. Pickle plate was good, small portion- heavy on mushrooms. pickled mushrooms are definitely an acquired taste/texture. (That's on me for not asking what veggies they provide on the pickle plate).My friends entree came out over 10 minutes before mine. I got the Mapo Doufu which said it had Korean chili in it, which I use at home so i know it has a kick. This dish tasted like it had 1/4 cup of chili in it, I could only eat a few bites. ? Reheated today with 3/4 of a can of coconut milk and it still was spicy!
We had to wait about 30 minutes because we didn't have a reservation. They have a text system which allowed us to go get a drink and then come back once seats were available.We ate at the bar. I got the rose on tap which was dry, not sweet. I started with the kale salad and had their tamarind mussels and khao soil. All the food was delicious. I appreciate the quality service. Even though the restaurant was closing, there was no rush to get us out of the place. It was a very enjoyable meal.
Everything we had was really good. Had a Portland local IPA from the Goodfire brewing co. That I wish is available back home. The ramen is very unique and chicken wings and mussels were finger licking good too.
We were walking to have dinner at another restaurant on Memorial Day, saw the full house at Honey Paw, went in to check the menu out, and decided on the spot to change our plans and grab dinner there instead (they're closed Tuesday-Thursday and we were leaving Portland on Friday). It turned out to be a great decision, and this restaurant should be on the list of anyone visiting town.For starters we shared the halibut crudo, which as you'd expect from a seaport town was amazingly fresh. The sauce had plenty of bite thanks to the Szechuan oil, but also had more complex flavors with the cilantro and turmeric. It was a light and refreshing way to start the meal, and paired well with the sake we had (my partner got the nigori sake cocktail, I got a bottle of the Ozeki Dry sake).Next were the mains, and we were blown away at how intense and flavorful the dishes were. I got the local kelp torchio, which was a phenomenal fusion dish combining Italian pasta with Asian seasoning. The pasta was al dente, and the seasoning was very complex with the parmesan dashi, Szechuan peppercorn, kelp butter, soy hijiki and cured egg yolk.My partner got the khao soi, which she loved (and she has a very high bar for Thai food after spending a lot of time in Bangkok). The coconut curry broth was again intensely flavorful, and the smoked lamb was very tender and offered a different twist to the typical preparation. We drained this bowl down to the bottom.I think we could've walked away at this point feeling great about the meal, but we're suckers for soft serve ice cream and thought we'd give it a try here. We got the sweet cream soft serve topped by cookie crisps and coffee toffee, and if that's not one of the best soft serves we've ever had - think an Oreo McFlurry from McDonald's that's 100x higher quality and you get the idea.
Was lucky to be seated without any wait on Sunday afternoon. The food is delicious. The Mapo Dofu was perfectly seasoned and extremely flavourful with just the right amount of spicy (for Sichuan inspired dish). The cocktail menu was innovative as well. Totally worth the type ;-)
Would have given the experience 5 stars. Service was great, food was great, pricing was fair. When we received the bill there was an additional 4% tacked on for “kitchen administration”. First time I’ve experienced this in Portland. Pay your kitchen staff appropriately and raise your pricing rather than tacking on a hidden charge on the backend. Little deceptive in my opinion
The fry bread is a must
Delicious. I had the khao soi, which was a stew of egg noodles, pork, and vegetables in a Thai inspired broth of coconut milk, lemongrass, and chili oil. A riot of flavors, good to the last drop. The wife had miso ramen -- I only got a small taste before she devoured the rest, and what I could taste of it was amazing. Inventive cocktails, attentive but not overbearing service. It's no surprise that the place was busy at 4pm on a Saturday afternoon (though there was no wait for our seats).
Difficult to taste anything because of the utter of salt on everything. Salad, tofu, fried chicken, all just smothered in salt. $80 gone to waste. I’m fully confident that the food would be wonderful—without a pillar of salt. Did I say salt? My husband and I ate a few bites of three dishes and we both have swollen lips and gums, and headaches. Please, there is no need for this unhealthful amount of salt.
One of the best meals I have ever had outside of my home. Fresh, innovative, and creative to say the least. All fire ? All day?
What an amazing experience! Recovering after the big storm of 2022. I believe I've found my new favorite restaurant. Excellent service, freshest food, decedent dessert.-Strong Paw cocktail-Tamerind Mussels-Cold Cut Bahn Mi-Mee Goreng-Ginger butter honey soft serve
Another great Portland restaurant. Excellent on a cold day, but with enough options that I need to come back in warmer times to be tempted away from the fantastic Khao Soi. They were out of the bun specials when I went and I absolutely want to come back to try them.
despite the glowing reviews i had my doubts… luckily it lives up to the hype. not to beat a dead horse but the khao soi is a MUST have. good selection of brews as well. it was obviously packed on a saturday but we only had to wait a few minutes, spending that time appreciating the decor. don’t get confused, this isn’t small plates style - both of our entrees were enough for one person
78 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101