Porta, Open Sesame To Modern European Cuisine

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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.

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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.

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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,

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Next up was the BURRATINA,  a creamy delight of Italian burratina cheese and pesto, balanced by sweet Momotaro tomatoes  with kombu seaweed (S$18).

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I’m always wary to order smoked fish, but the SALMON TROUT  turned out fresh-tasting with smoky flavours, laid over a salad of iceberg lettuce, red onion with a dash of honey mustard (S$18).

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The FOIE GRAS was more than  generous; 2 thick slices of Pan seared foie gras with toasted rich brioche and onion marmalade, sprinkled with pink crushed dragée (S$24). Well executed.

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Onto the main, the pasta of RAVIOLES DE ROYANS was served as cute mini cheese raviolis smothered with  creamy tangy Provençal vegetables, tomato coulis and pesto Genovese (S$22).

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Meat wise, we were debating between the pork or the rib eye, and finally went with the IBERIAN PORK SECRETO, a well-marbled Iberian pork shoulder blade roasted medium, and glazed with pommery honey mustard, accompanies with  with creamy tangy mash (S$26). Delicious.

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We couldn’t resist the tempting-sounding desserts, so sinfully we opted to try 3.Forts was the COCONUT BLANCMANGE – Coconut flavoured custard with passion fruit coulis and crumbles (S$12).

DSC06155Next came the VALRHONA CHOCOLATE – Warm velvety chocolate fondant served with Mövenpick vanilla ice-cream (S$14)

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And the grand finale of  FROZEN SOUFFLE – a unusual frozen meringue flavoured with grand Marnier that gives a richer flavour (S$14). This is the weakest of the lot- sounded more interesting than it actually is –  so I’ll suggest to skip it.

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Porta also features a gourmet retail store where products that are used in Porta’s dishes are displayed and sold. The meat looks very inviting.

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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.

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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
Singapore 237983
Phone:+65 65938855

 

 


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