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Review: Portico (Restaurant Week)

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This was my virgin Restaurant Week experience, which almost did not happen. I’ve heard about Portico and how good their food were, however, there are simply too many cafes for us to conquer these days, restaurants ain’t so much of our thing! We were so close to canceling our reservation on that day because the boy couldn’t get his bike to start, and we were kinda running out of time, since Portico is tucked away in Alexandra Road. In the end, we decided to take a cab down since we were both looking forward to this day for a while, and hey, the theme of this Restaurant week was CHOCOLATE. We both love chocolates. Moreover, Portico was one of the restaurants which was incorporating chocolate in their dishes, and we were curious to find out how!

The Place

Portico is nestled within Alexandra Road, amongst the various offices and warehouses, which can be quite easily missed if weren’t for the signs leading us to it. This restaurant adopts a “homely” concept, while its surrounding was quiet and peaceful, giving off relaxing vibes. Exactly what we needed on a weekend; a respite.

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The place makes me feel like I’m in one of Ikea’s showhome. And we were very lucky to be seated at a nice private corner of the restaurant, just next to the glass windows, where we could admire the pretty environment.

The Food

This is the menu for Restaurant Week, so now you can see why we were so excited for it.  IMG_8425 We also took a look through the other offerings in the menu, and saw that they do serve up a mean brunch menu. What was surprising is that, their prices are pretty affordable, very much on par with the brunch you can get in a cafe. You can take a look at the menu here!IMG_8427I took a picture of this because when I first caught sight of the truffle fries, I vowed to get rich or die trying, so that I would get a taste of this ULTIMATE TRUFFLE FRIES. Its description is basically depicting what heaven is to me. 

IMG_8436  Cauliflower and Truffle Soup, with Cocoa powder. Honestly, I didn’t taste the truffle here, however, the cocoa taste was pretty prominent and intriguing with the first few spoonfuls of soup. Both the taste of cocoa and cauliflower soup were harmonious, and I was actually surprised that it left me wanting for more, because I’m not that much of a fan of cauliflower! The crouton-like bread served together with the soup was pretty good too, albeit it being a little too salty. IMG_8449  Pork loin, smoked apple puree, fried capers, lemon thyme cabbage and cherry chocolate sauce. When this was served to me, the first thing that came into my mind was, Wow this looks like a dish that came out of Masterchef. This is probably the best dish I’ve had in any restaurant in my entire life. The combination of all these seemingly humble, yet incompatible ingredients (at least to me), was perfectly executed and the complex burst of flavors with every mouthful, just left a smile on my face after each bite. Nothing has impressed me as much as this dish before. If you were wondering about the cherry chocolate sauce, we couldn’t really taste the chocolate in the dish!IMG_8468 Blackforest: We didn’t know what to expect since there was no description on the menu. When we realized that it’s a deconstructed blackforest, we were like snapping 10000 pictures of it. Okay, that’s what I do all the time. This dessert is hands down the best dessert I’ve had. I’m not even exaggerating. The chocolate used in the blackforest was divine, and a complete match with the scoop of vanilla ice cream served atop of the dessert. You’ll be glad to know that this is on their regular menu, so, please be sure to order it, in order to see what I mean. It tastes as good as it looks. Really!

Closing Remarks

I’m glad that I’ve finally had the chance to visit Portico, after hearing so much good reviews about them. Even though the location can be a little inaccessible for some, it’s not so for me, when I move back into Hall because it’s just located opposite ARC, where I study at all time.

After being wow-ed off my pants by the menu for this restaurant week, I’m itching to come back to Portico to try out their brunch menu and their highly raved about truffle fries. The quality of food that we had was superb, coupled with the pretty and cosy ambience, this place makes the top choice for a weekend chill out spot for me.

I will definitely be back to try the other food on their menu, because it was the first time when I actually experienced so much euphoria in taking a bite from the dish, and I would love to see if the rest of their offerings are this impressive too!

How to get there?

Portico Singapore
991B Alexandra Road #01-10 Singapore 119970

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Friday:
11:30am – 3:00pm; 5:30pm – 11:00pm

Saturday and Sunday:

10:30am – 3:00pm (Saturday: 5:30pm – 11:00pm)

Closed on Mondays

IMG_8465Thanks for always being by my side for so many of my Firsts, and being so ever supportive in me and my obsession in taking pictures of food. I love you Benny! (:

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  1. November 27, 2014