My birthday week just passed, and I have wined and dined like the Queen! Dinner with girls, we explored beyond our usual circle of bars to check out Porteno – Sydney’s own little South American gem. Get transported into the 1950’s, where the waitresses rock the pin curls and the waiters have slicked back hair, suspenders and moustaches to match.
We’re welcomed in, and we kick off with some cocktails off the extensive drinks menu – I start with the Evita, an ode to the first lady of Argentina with a mix of zubrowka vodka, peach liqueur, lychees, cucumber and a drop of fresh citrus; light and fresh. Another one that takes my fancy is the Tierra del Fuego, perfect midway with the meat – freshly muddled strawberries, honey, triple berry syrup, campari and pimms topped with blood orange and pink grapefruit.
Tira De Asado
Chanchito a La Cruz
The menu is tapas styled and very meaty – so make sure you bring along your carnivorous appetite. Amongst our entrees, my favourites of the night is definitely the meat – we share the Coorong beef short ribs and the woodfired sucking pig, absolutely drool worthy and the most melt-in-your-mouth meat I have ever had. And like what all the others say, there’s no such visit to Porteno without having the beef, pork or lamb.
Southern American Pavlova
And being my birthday, there was no going home without some sweetness. Gathering advice from the Maitre d’, we couldn’t go past her suggestion of the Southern American pavlova with pieces of mango, dulce de leche, salted peanuts, sponge cake and crunchy sweet meringue pieces. My pick would be the chocolate pudding, with a warm oozing centre, walnuts and a subtle banana sorbet. But then again, I’m a sucker for chocolate puddings and fondants… and anything with oozing melted centres.
Great food with the staff to match.
358 Cleveland St
Surry Hills, Sydney