After anticipating it for 4 weeks on the waiting list, I finally got to try Porteno on Friday night with a group of girlfriends. I was massively looking forward to it, as firstly I am a big fan of its sister restaurant Bodega and secondly as Porteno (and it’s booking policy) has been the talk of the town for the past couple of months!
Given the numbers, we had to go with the set menu, which including an incredible selection of the best dishes for $70/head. All dishes were served tapas style and prepared from the freshest and highest quality ingredients. The marinated olives, pate, eggplant and pasties were gorgeous, but the calamari and tuna have to be the highlight of the meal – cooked to perfection resulting in an explosion of flavours! The vegetables were excellent too, especially the crispy Brussel sprouts! …but then came the meat feast… OMG ….Huge plates of pork sausages, black pudding, seared beef, lamb ribs…and to finish us off – the suckling pig! The seared beef was by far my favourite, although it was all really a bit too much for just us girlies…and I was actually a bit disappointed with the suckling pick which was tender but a bit plain. But then…when we all thought we couldn’t face any more food, out of the shadows came the puddings… devine and beautiful! The ice cream and Crème brûlée, which we suddenly found room for, were the perfect finish to add a sweet touch to a substantial evening of great food
The ambiance was buzzing and the receptionist looked super hot with her 60′s Argentinean hairstyle! I will definitely be back…but with the boys next time!
Overall, I would probably give it a 7.5/10 Nibbles!
358 Cleveland Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
02 8399 1440