Porta Fine Food & Import Company is literally the gateway to an eclectic fine dining experience, helmed by 31 years old Indonesian Executive Chef Michael Suyanto, who is trained in the classical French culinary traditions.
Porta is simply but warmly decorated – there’s neat little cosy booths that can easily sit six people. The restuarant was rather empty even on a Saturday night.
Chef Suyanto apparently had done a stint at one of my favourite restaurant – Bistro du Vin under the Les Amis Group, so expect dishes that blends fresh produce and seasonal flavours that are aesthetically presented. We started with the TACOs – our appetites were whetted by warm and crispy tacos dipped into with melted cheese,
Next up was the BURRATINA, a creamy delight of Italian burratina cheese and pesto, balanced by sweet Momotaro tomatoes with kombu seaweed (S$18).
You can find quirky corners: there’s a Map Room; a library featuring globes, books and objects from the travels of the owner; and a comfy private art gallery for meetings and private celebrations.
Overall Porta punches above its weight with its fine food at affordable prices, a gem in rather expensive Singapore. Service was ernest but most of the waitstaff seemed unfamiliar with the operations of the restaurant; our request for extra bread, baguette, rolls, ciabatta, (we named them all) for our Foie-gras turned into a major exercise in communication. What this place need is just a little buzz and better trained waitstaff to make it more fun and lively. Nestled within the Park Hotel in Robertson Quay, it’s great to wander through this happening area with an after-dinner stroll along the riverside.
Porta Fine Food & Import Company
Address: 1 Unity Street