One of our favourite Sydney restaurants

March 5th, 2011

Porteno in Surry Hills (Sydney) was an instant success when it opened last year.  All the ingredients are there … robust/tasty food … busy/ buzzie (some would say noisy) atmosphere … efficient/friendly service, and it’s own distinct personality.  Partners Ben Milgate, Elvis Abrahanowicz and their wives already have the very successful Bodega.

This is not a small restaurant, yet it’s busy every night and they don’t take bookings.  We went at 6.15pm on a Tuesday night and were seated immediately, however it was already 3/4 full.  They turn the tables a couple of times a night, and service was brisk without you feeling you were being pushed out.

Porteno is an Argentinian grill restaurant and Elvis’s Dad is the pitmaster.  He mans the asador, where whole baby pigs (from Melander Park) and lambs (Suffolk) are splayed across crucifix-like pieces of steel.  The meat slow cooks over the smouldering campfire.  Blood sausages, roasted red peppers, veal sweetbreads and steaks are directly cooked over coals on 2 parrillas — adjustable grills.  The food here is a genuine labour of love and don’t miss the white polenta smeared onto a wooden board, or the chocolate pudding.  This restaurant is fun and you also get a good feed.

One Response to “One of our favourite Sydney restaurants”

  1. thatssoronon 21 May 2011 at 5:20 pm

    the suckling piglet looks awesome

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