57 Center Street, Portland Maine 04101
What a place.
Brian Boru's is one of those places that you think of when you want to go out for drinks. I never would have chosen it for food, But, I am glad we did.
We walked into Brian Boru's around 2 PM on a Tuesday. This was almost a perfect time to go. There was hardly anyone there, so we were able to sit where ever we wanted. However, because they weren't busy they didn't have as much staff as they would normally have. So, the bartender served us. He was very nice, but a little slow.
No big deal.
We decided that, because we were going to multiple other places, we would just get a couple drinks and a couple appetizers.
I decided that I would start with an Allagash White
While the Boyfriend went with a Guinness.
Now, to the appetizers... they were outstanding.
We started off with the Sambal Buffalo Wings. At the time we had no idea was sambal was. Thanks to the Internet I learned that it is a chili based sauce that is popular in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka. The main ingredient in the sauce is fresh chili peppers. However, multiple different peppers are used.
This list includes Habenero peppers, Cayenne peppers, madame Jeanette ( Yellow or light green elongated pepper. They have an irregular shape.) and birds eye chili's (red or green (or combination) approx 10mm diameter by 50 mm long, known locally as cabe rawit (Javanese): extremely hot.) Combining all of these peppers make a hot concoction of amazing.
Anyway, back to the Sambal Wings
They were GOOD. The beauty of this sauce is, although all of these hott peppers are used, the sauce isn't unbearably hott. They are actually just PERFECT. The sauce is a hott, sweet and tangy flavor and the wings were outstanding and tender.
A very different thing about these wings though; they were served with creamy Gorgonzola dip.
Usually buffalo wings are served with ranch or blue cheese dressing. Never served with Gorgonzola dip. For those of you who don't know, Gorgonzola is a Delicious cheese. It is very very tangy. I did not love the dip with the wings. Mostly because we eat the wings plain. However, the dip was delicious... I will tell you how I know that later in this blog.
We also ordered garlic fries.
They were so good! However, they had slightly to much garlic. They also had parsley butter which gave them a little bit of a kick to them. But nothing to dramatic. I dipped them in the Gorgonzola dip. It was outstanding! Plus, the fries weren't technically "fries" they were potato wedges. Which are the greatest types of "fries" ever.
If you have never been to Brian Boru's I would highly highly recommend it. If for nothing else, just to try the Sambal sauce on the wings.
If you are unsure you can check out the Brian Boru Public House Website and check out the menu.