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Porta Porta (Changi Garden)

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Located in Changi Garden on Upper Changi Road North, Porta Porta (Changi Garden) serves Italian cuisine.

Tue - Fri: 12:00 - 14:00

Tue - Fri: 18:30 - 21:30

Sat & Sun: 18:30 - 21:30

Closed: Mon

$45 based on 31 submissions
Romance/First Dates (10 votes), Dinner (9 votes), Quiet (9 votes)
Azhar Ali

A great place to dine with friends, family or loved one.

This is my third visit to Porta Porta. I wouldn't say it is expensive given the quality of food served hence no complaints. It is understandable why some thought the service is slow, but you can see that the food was prepared from scratch and this could help explain. My favourite is black squid ink whcih I thought was simply out of this world. As for the tiramisu, I thought it was just nice....not too rich and sweet. Will recommend this to those who want a quiet with quality Italian dining experience.

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13 Dec 2012 • 9 reviews • 0 follower

A great place to dine with friends, family or loved one.

This is my third visit to Porta Porta. I wouldn't say it is expensive given the quality of food served hence no complaints. It is understandable why some thought the service is slow, but you can see that the food was prepared from scratch and this could help explain. My favourite is black squid ink whcih I thought was simply out of this world. As for the tiramisu, I thought it was just nice....not too rich and sweet. Will recommend this to those who want a quiet with quality Italian dining experience.
03 Jun 2010 • 3 reviews • 0 follower

lovely ambience, but not worth the money

The ambience was great, cosy and homely, though it was somewhat ruined by a table of four who were seated next to us and who were totally oblivious that they are talking much too loudly for such a small cosy setting.

Service was slow as the hosts were frequently at the upper deck and did not pay attention to anxious glances or raised hands at the tables below.

Food wise, I tried the surprise menu.  The bread and dips, and cheeses were fantastic, but the lamb was too tough and the variety was limited.  I tried the both red and white house wine; so-so again.  Overall, food was tasty, but not fantastic enough to justify the high price.

09 Apr 2010 • 9 reviews • 0 follower

Like dining in an Italian home

For lunch, they have no menu, but three choices for set lunch - chicken, seafood and vegetarian.  I chose vegetarian while my sweetheart chose chicken.  Each course came with soup, pasta, a main dish, dessert, and coffee/tea for $27.50 nett.

The food was tasty, fresh, and original.  It started with a bread basket (which halfway through we already felt full) and a complimentary pair of garlic bread pieces with salsa on top.  The vegetarian course was a green soup, green linguine (basil-flavoured apparently), eggplant, potatoes & salad, and tiramisu.  The chicken course was minestrone, raviolli in tomato sauce, chicken pieces, potatoes & salad, and tiramisu. 

Some notes - I dislike the taste of eggplant normally, but in this dish it was non-existent, and I enjoyed it.  The pasta dishes were served in small bowls, which is different from other Italian restaurants.  The tiramisiu was original and definitely smacked of quality - brown grains covered the cream middle which floated on liquid alcohol at the bottom.

This restaurant has a cosy ambience because it is in what must have been a house previously.  I am almost sure that the waiting staff are an Italian family.  There are also lots of artistic decorations.  Worth a visit.

If it is your first time, it may be confusing where to park.  There is a carpark behind the restaurant.

The price is reasonable when you consider that there are no additional taxes.

I enjoyed myself greatly but I must qualify that I am always in bliss when dining with my sweetheart. =)

08 Jan 2010 • 1 review • 0 follower

Wonderful food @ a reasonable price & homely service staff.

A beautiful shop house hidden away from much development often out of sight unless you pass by the road. It was my first time there with my family of 6. The other was having the house menu. 4 of us had the "Fatite" i guess that's how its spelled, that's actually up to the chef's creation. Whipping up dishes within a matter of minutes from entrees to main-fares n including dessert. It was literally a surprise dinner. You just had to let them know if you don't eat or allergic certain ingredients etc. Then magic just happens. The staff there was very polite and explained each dish that came out for the "fatite". It was about 7 to 8 dishes excluding dessert. It was really much a steal for SDG50. The wines too was reasonably prices.. which you get get a average one from 50++.

Well, to sum up. If you want good food. A surprise for your special someone or even a surprise family dinner, its worth the try.. but its a small place so do call to make a reservation if its gonna be more then 6..
18 Nov 2009 • 6 reviews • 1 follower

My perfect Italian restaurant

I think $99 for 2 persons might be a bit too ex. But the Italian food served at Porta Porta is pretty awesome.

I chose the "surprise" meal for two, where you allow the chef to whip up whatever it is he is going to whip up.

There were more than 11 or 12 courses in total. The portions were pretty small, but when you add them all up, I was feeling in pain when the meal was over.

Is it value for money? Yes, especially for special occasions. The place looks very homely, so that is a plus point. I liked the way the dishes did not compromise on flavours. Everything was pretty intense. Kinda like how I would want to cook if I were at home.

Just go there with an open mind. Try everything that is served to you.