Preparation of the Korean pork burger ($16) may not spark a festive celebration, but the sandwich is every bit as tasty. A larger format version of a meatball that Tenney made when he was the pizza chef at Westbrook’s 33 Elmwood, the patty is fashioned from an aromatic grind of pork seasoned with lemongrass, ginger, cilantro and, cleverly, confectioners’ sugar. The powdered sugar allows the meat to achieve a crisp, caramelized exterior, and the cornstarch binds the otherwise-too-wet minced meat and spices. Piled onto a Fireking brioche bun along with peppery kimchi and a gochujang-heavy Korean BBQ sauce, the burger is a little wild and wacky, but it is also fantastic – exactly what Scarborough’s overcrowded pub scene needs.
Dunstan Tap & Table has quickly built a following in and around the neighborhood as a preferred evening wind-down spot. A patio complete with fire pit, cornhole and additional seating drives home the fact that summer is well behind us, though there’s clearly no better place in the area to whittle-away a beautiful, warm evening. Inside, a curved bar and plenty of flat-screen televisions offer a respite from the fall winds, brightly lit and emanating the fresh sheen of new construction. It’s an inviting space, and one that could easily attract patrons from far outside the surrounding neighborhood.
The 90-seat restaurant, located at 1000 Portland Road (U.S. Route 1), will feature American pub fare. It's owned by Brian and Jen Brenerman, who also own Shays Grill Pub in Monument Square in Portland.
The Dunstan Crossing development by developer Elliot Chamberlain has 300 units, including single-family homes, condominiums and apartments, and is off U.S. Route 1 on Broadturn Road, the west side of Route 1's intersection with Route 9 (Pine Point Road).
A couple that run a popular Portland pub believe plan to open a new restaurant on Route 1 in Scarborough.
Dunstan Tap & Table, under construction in the Dunstan Crossing development, is tentatively scheduled to open in late May, Jennifer Brenerman said. The 3,500-square-foot space will seat 100, with room for private events or meetings.
Jennifer and Brian Brenerman live in Portland and own Shay’s Grill Pub in Portland’s Monument Square. The couple, who plan to move to Scarborough, have 50 years of combined experience working in the food service industry.