Chef Gregg Sessler of Cava - Portsmouth, NH

10 Commercial Alley
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 319-1575
Hours: Sun-Thu: 5pm-9pm; Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm

Tucked into a small alley only feet from Portsmouth’s Main Street, Cava is a respite from the crowds with good food, ambience, and hospitality. Stepping into the dimly lit space that’s cozy without feeling crowded, one is immediately greeted by Chef Gregg Sessler, meticulously crafting plates in his open kitchen alongside his sous chef. Sessler, a veteran of the San Francisco Bay Area is taking a bold approach in Portsmouth. His menu is heavily Spanish-influenced and served in a tapas style that is unusual for the area. Acid forward seasoning brings out flavors in Mediterranean dishes like Baby Octopus with Cherry Tomato, Russet Potato, Red Wine Vinaigrette, and Squid Ink Soffrito. Stick around for dessert and the house-made Churro’s with Giunduja and Ancho Chili.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Rabbit with Peas, Morels, Fiddleheads, Porcini Puree, Carrot Puree, Creme Fraiche, and Fennel Pollen
  • Escargots Serrano Ham, Rhubarb, Steel Cut Oats, Blueberries

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