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The Sinful Kitchen is a local family business co-owned by Denae and Dave Mallari.   We first opened our doors in March of 2015 at our original location just down the road on Brighton Ave in Portland.   The cute cozy little space that was once an apartment was quickly outgrown and posed many challenges space wise as popularity of the restaurant grew.   We are now happy in our new home at 952 Brighton Ave with plenty of parking, easy in and out access and an open concept dining room/kitchen where guests can see their food prepared fresh to order.  We look forward to serving you the freshest and most delicious food for years to come!

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Dave Mallari, Chef/Owner


Chef Dave Mallari began his culinary adventures as a boy in his parent’s busy kitchen.  The Asian cuisine he studied and created during his early years taught him the distinct difference made by using only the freshest, most flavor-filled and seasonal ingredients.  Building upon his Asian-centered dishes and technique, the self-taught chef further grew his culinary portfolio by including classic fare and technique from numerous other countries as well.


Mallari formerly led his talented kitchen team at Portland, Maine’s “Francisco’s Blue House Café,” an intimate, 20-seat restaurant that had cultivated a decidedly loyal patron following and has captured the enthusiastic attention of food press.  His restaurant won “Best New Restaurant” in the 2005 Portland Phoenix Readers Poll as well as the “Best Kept Secret”category in 2005,2006,2007.  Chef Mallari also won the prestigious “Chef of the Year” award at the March of Dimes SignatureChef series in 2007.  His very popular  The Pig Kahuna pig roast events book solidly each summer, and are reserved months and even a year in advance.  Mallari routinely participates in New England and Maine-based charity and community outreach projects. He also participates in various vocational career days at local Maine schools.



Chef Dave has Celiac Disease and is VERY well versed in the preparation of gluten free options for you or your guests.





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Please do not email about reservations. Please call us during business hours to make a reservation.

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