Now more than two years old, the casual all-day bistro PORTA, located at Level I of Park Hotel Clarke Quay has recently revitalised its menu and also introduced a new line up of a la carte creations, brunch signatures, plus a brand new set lunch offering a taste of modern European cuisine infused with global flavours.
Using fresh seasonal produce from around the world, as well as fabulous quality ingredients and goods from local businesses like Ah Hua Kelong, Executive Chef Alex Phan’s newly created dishes are packed full of tempting tastes and rich flavours, but not overpowering.
The refreshed menu offers a diverse array of appetisers, mains and desserts that honours European and Mediterranean cuisine with an invigorating twist. For starters, the Spicy Salmon Tartare ($16) is a must try. Freshly diced raw salmon is mixed up gently with Sriracha mayonnaise, sugar cane vinegar, crystal pear cubes and bonito furikake. A little bit spicy, a little bit creamy and a whole lot of delicious, the salmon tartare is served with crispy deep-fried seaweed rice paper to hold every goodness together.
The Confit Lamb Pastilla ($14) is Chef Alex’s take on traditional Moroccan meat pie, whereby squab or chicken meat is substituted with aromatically spiced shredded Australian lamb confit, wrapped in crisp layers of flaky filo pastry and accompanied with Greek-style yogurt and pistachios for a combination of sweet and savoury, delicate and nutty flavours.
Perfect for a meat-free Monday! The veggie-friendly Grilled Summer Vegetables with Hummus ($14) appetiser features a smoky mix of grilled green and yellow zucchinis, corn, button mushrooms and pumpkin — taste even better when soused in the smooth, creamy house-made hummus for an amazingly rich flavour and topped off with toasted almonds for extra nuttiness. Recommend getting some bread to mop any remainder of the hummus.
The playful name of this interesting dish — Chicken and Egg ($14) suggests the conundrum about the chicken and the egg, which came first? I doubt that I’ll be able to find the right answer, which I don’t really care; but like it better to crack into the delicious appetiser composed of sesame slaw with cherry tomatoes, edamame, corn, soy marinated grilled chicken thigh and a glorious beet-infused soft-boiled egg that came in a striking pink hue.
Among the new main offerings, fish lovers will adore the Barramundi ($24) sourced locally from the offshore fish farm Ah Hua Kelong which specializes in delivering a variety of fresh, local seafood. Chef uses the local Barramundi for its gentle, mild flavours, firm meat and large flakes, making it pleasant to cook for the flavours of other ingredients to come through. The versatile fish is oven-grilled to tender perfection, then seared skin-side down on the plancha grill and served with spicy ratatouille, charred mussels and a touch of dill oil to finish.
A tasty chicken dish readapted from the classic French Duck confit showcases a succulent Roast Chicken Leg ($24) complemented perfectly with roasted lyonnaise potatoes, wild mushrooms and red wine sauce. Nothing overly fancy, the confit chicken leg is crispy skinned, moist and tender on the inside, and ridiculously full of flavour.
There is nothing like a juicy, tender, melt-in-the-mouth Pork Belly ($26) that gives you an aromatic smoky BBQ flavour and a right balance of sweet tangy goodness from the grilled green pineapple puree, fluffy mashed Russet potatoes and charred leeks for extra hint of smokiness. It would be most perfect if the pork belly comes with a crunchy crackling.
There’s also a pasta offering for customers who love their pasta and have a chance to enjoy a deeply flavoured, hearty pasta dish. The Duck Ragout ($24) is made of wide pappardelle noodles in a meaty sauce of shredded slow-cooked duck leg, parmesan and fresh herbs to create a wholesome and delightful meal.
When it comes to brunch ritual, what makes PORTA attractive is that they offer brunch every day from 8.00am to 4.00pm with hearty brunch classic like Eggs Ben and Smoked Salmon Croissant.
The new addition, Breakfast Burger ($18) is a vegetarian remake of the bistro’s signature angus beef burger, where you’d get roasted whole Portobello mushroom for a substantial bite, accompanied with sauteed baby spinach leaves, caramelised onion, tomato, runny sunny-side up egg sandwiched between fresh toasted brioche buns, and served with shoe string fries on the side.
If you fancy trying a sweet breakfast treat, brunch options include healthy Muesli with seasonal fruits and nuts, PB Pancakes with chocolate and banana, or a classic French Toast ($16) that never goes out of style. PORTA‘s rendition combines fluffy thick slice of brioche bread with fresh summer berries, vanilla ice cream, aromatic cinnamon powder and brioche crumble.
A trip to PORTA is not complete until you try some of their sweet treats. Finish with a delectable selection of cakes and ice cream, including a new Key Lime Meringue ($12) inspired by the classic American key lime pie. This egg-free dessert is a light end to your meal and is constructed with refreshing Kaffir lime pannacotta, lime jelly, Italian meringue and vanilla sable crumble.
If you have a little hankering for something sweet, rich and decadent, the Black Forest ($14) is a delicious and creative way to present a classic dessert. The dark chocolate lava filled cake topped with dollops of whipped coconut cream is decorated with chocolate shavings, sugar-coated raw cocoa nibs, Maraschino cherries and toasted desiccated coconut.
A twist on the classic French Tarte Tatin, the Spiced Apple Tarte Tatin ($14) features a light and flaky puff pastry served with caramelised Granny smith green apples stewed in a mixture of maple syrup, juniper berries, fennel, clove, star anise and cinnamon stick, complemented with Italian meringue, rum & raisin ice cream and tasty bits of maple & bacon sable crumble.
PORTA isn’t the only place to look for a bargain meal in the Clarke Quay area, but two-course lunch for $18 is definitely a steal. The set menu lets you choose from a selection of appetisers and main course, and you can expect a good mix of seafood, meats and grills with a big emphasis on seasonality.
Weekday Set Lunch is available from Monday to Friday, 11:00am to 2:30pm last order.
PORTA Fine Food & Import Company
Location: 1 Unity Street Level 1 Park Hotel Clarke Quay Singapore 237983
Tel: +65 6593 8855
Opening Hours: Breakfast 6:00am to 10:30am / Brunch 8:00am to 4:00pm / Lunch 11:00am to 3:00pm / Dinner 6:30pm to 10:30pm