Portenos is a great night out -full of theatre, excellent food and wonderful wine.
The personality of Portenos, is what I remember most, or perhaps rather it’s the personality of the wait staff.
Damien our sommelier chose an amazing Maldec blend that was rich and delicious.
Wait staff are almost choreographed as they snap into action as the first guests arrive at the 6pm sitting.
Their attention to detail and to guest comfort is a stand out.
But the food is equally impressive.
The Grilled Calamari and Sliced Wagyu entrees are lovely and I’d order them again anytime.
VITELLO TONNATO $32 Thinly Sliced Wagyu Girello, Vine Smoked Spanish Mackerel, Anchovy Mayonnaise, Capers & Lemon
CALAMARES ASADOS $30 Grilled Calamari with Celeriac, Hazelnuts & Capers
PAN DE CASA – House Baked Bread & Olive Oil
ACEITUNAS – $8 Marinated Olives
The Wagyu beef I enjoyed most as a meat main.
ENTRAÑA $44 Kobe Cuisine Wagyu Beef Outside Skirt Grilled Over Charcoal
CHANCHITO A LA CRUZ $50 8 hour Woodfired Pig CORDERO A LA CRUZ $50 8 hour Woodfired Lamb (1/2 and 1/2)
As for sides it was the Grilled corn that impressed me most.
CHOCLO ASADO CON LIMA Y QUESO $16 Grilled Corn with Radish, Lime, Butter & Manchego Cheese
ENSALADA DE REMOLACHAS $16 Beetroot, Radicchio & Buffalo Mozzarella Salad with Salsa Verde
REPOLLITOS DE BRUSELA $16 Crispy Fried Brussel Sprouts with Lentils & Mint
Dessert was also excellent, my favourite being the Chocolate tart and mandarin ice-cream $16…
…just a little in front of the Dulce de Leche Flan & Icecream $16.
A perfect accompaniment as the desert wine was…
…and it was a truly special treat to see Damien’s pride in Poretenos wine cellar, with a large range of lovingly selected wines….and ( I noted for later) plenty of delicious Malbecs!
Truly a special and memorable Argentinian themed restaurant, well deserving of its place in Australia’s top 100 restaurants.