PORTA Fine Food & Import Company located at the lobby of Park Hotel Clarke Quay serves exquisite European dishes at affordable prices. Not only can you savour classic European food at the restaurant, there’s also a retail area that allows diners to buy some of the delicious ingredients used in the dishes at Porta. There are even recipes provided for diners to recreate the taste of Porta when they are back at home. We were so fortunate to be invited down to Porta for a tasting event that showcases a wide array of their delectable dishes.
Service and Ordering
Breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner are available at this modern European restaurant. Porta serves a comprehensive array of dishes that covers all possible genres that I can think of. There’s also a separate brunch menu available daily from 8.00am to 4.00pm. The food at Porta is reasonably-priced where the prices of the mains range from S$20 to S$34, with Angus Beef Rib-Eye as the most expensive item on the menu.
Porta – Seared Tuna Nicoise Salad
We kicked start of our dinner with both chilled and hot dishes as the appetisers. Firstly, we had a flavourful Seared Tuna Nicoise Salad. The plate made up of slices of seared yellow tuna, mesclun, fine beans, vine tomatoes and black olives. This refreshing and savoury appetiser costs S$15 and we rate it 4/5.
Porta – Chilled Angel Hair Pasta
Think of an appetising angel hair pasta tossed with lobster vinaigrette, chives, sesame and topped with a whole load of crab meat and salmon roe served chilled. The springy pasta was prepared with just the right amount of seasoning and the portion of the crab meat was pretty generous as well. Each serving of the Chilled Angel Hair Pasta is priced at S$14 and we rate it 3.9/5.
Porta – Spanish Octopus
Fancy some out of ordinary starters? The Spanish Octopus (3.7/5) from Ria de Arousa gives an explosion of flavours with the rich amount of spices used here. The octopus leg was grilled to perfection and the spiced patatas bravas (potatoes) served together were pretty addictive as well. If only the dish was less salty, we would have given it a much higher rating. Each serving of the Spanish Octopus will set you back S$18.
Porta – Prawn & Chorizo Pasta
This has to be one of our favourite dishes at Porta. The al-dente linguine pasta was prepared with Harissa paste, tomato coulis and capers. The pasta with the generous amount of tiger prawns and spicy pork chorizo was sprinkled with parmesan cheese upon serving. We were pretty impressed with the flavourful pasta and the springy tiger prawns and the plate was wiped clean in the blink of an eye. Prawn & Chorizo Pasta is priced at S$22 and it deserves a delicious 4/5 rating.
Porta – Porta Burger
For the fellow big eaters, Porta Burger (S$23) might be just right for you when you visit with an empty stomach. The flavourful yet sinful burger comes with a thick Angus beef patty with cheddar cheese, caramelised onion and crispy smoked bacon. Duck fat French fries and Alain Milliat premium ketchup were served alongside as well. The fries were crispy outside and soft inside. 3.8/5
Porta – Croque-Madame
Croque-Madame is a new addition to the brunch menu that’s available daily from 8 a.m – 4 p.m. The Rioche sandwich with Mangalica ham, melted cheese, Béchamel sauce and a perfect sunny side egg is one of our favourite dishes at Porta. The toasts were toasted to perfection and paired really well with the gooey egg, oozing Emmental cheese and sauce. The toast is surprisingly good even though the elements of the dish are pretty common. A set of Croque-Madame costs S$14 and we think it deserves a delicious 4.1/5!
Porta – Spanish Breakfast
Don’t fancy a toast for brunch? Try out the Spanish Breakfast (S$14) for something different! Think of a pan full of deep fried potatoes, cannellini beans, spicy pork chorizo, baked eggs and tomato coulis, this is definitely pretty filling and comforting. Personally I’m not a big fan of cannellini beans and I find this a bit too much for one to finish. Its recommended to share with your friend and get something else to go together. 3.8/5
Porta – Not-Your-Usual Tiramisu
Calling all the tiramisu or coffee lovers, THIS is something you must not miss! The special rendition of Tiramisu by Porta was deconstructed into multiple elements that gives a delicious and addictive taste. The Not-Your-Usual-Tiramisu consists of Tiramisu flavoured ice cream, Mascarpone cream, Kahlua, coffee Gelée and crispy finger biscuit. This dessert is sweet, fragrant with a hint of bitterness from the coffee. A plate of this will set you back S$12 and it gets a delicious 4.2/5 rating.
Despite the fact that Porta is located at the lobby of a hotel, Porta is serving premium European dishes at pocket friendly prices. Diners can enjoy the delicious food while enjoying the classy interior and decorations at the restaurant. If you’re interested in good value lunch set, Porta is also offering lunch sets on weekdays at attractive prices. The lunch sets are available at the prices as low as S$18 for a 2-course lunch set and S$22 for a 3-course lunch set. We think that Porta is definitely worth a visit or two, do try it out and let us know you thoughts!