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Portico Singapore

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Address: #01-10, 991B Alexandra Road, 119970

Portico means 'porch' in Italian. The porch is where we greet our guests and invite them into our home. Our all-day menu is homey and hearty, using fresh and quality ingredients sourced locally and regionally. This is what our Chefs would serve if you visit our home for a Friday dinner party or a Sunday brunch.

 We welcome you to drop by our home someday!

Mon - Fri: 11:30 - 15:00

Mon - Fri: 17:30 - 23:00

Sun: Open only for private functions

Closed: Sun

+65 62767337
$69 based on 17 submissions
After Work (5 votes), Birthdays (5 votes), Brunch (5 votes)
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Pleasant lunch

To say the address to Portico as 991B Alexandra Road isn’t exactly wrong. However it’s better to say Portico is located at 991 Alexandra Road, Block B. To enter the estate, one should walk along Alexandra Road after alighting the train from Labrador Park MRT station. And what looks like an industrial estate is actually a development comprising of 9 blocks of office space, etc. And yes, Portico is located at Block B.

And from the menu (pages 12), we ordered:-

1) Luncheon meat fries, $8 – With yuzu mayo.

2) Salt and pepper squid, $8 – With roasted garlic aioli.

3) Bisque of lobster, $18 – With butter brioche, whole tiger prawn. This was rich and good.

4) Wild mushroom risotto, $26 – With eryngii mushroom ragout, tempura enoki mushrooms.

5) Seasonal seafood capelini aglio olio, $28 – With garlic chips, crispy shrimps. Generous serving of small octopus, mussels, clams, firefly squid roe and a prawn.

6) House coffee glazed Saint Louis pork ribs, $33 – Served with baked potato fan, sour cream, chives, crispy bacon, and charred broccoli with gruyere cheese. This was probably our least favourite of the 3 mains. While the meat was tender, it somehow lacked the wow factor. And it’s a pity that the melted cheese on the brocooli had hardened when it was served to us.

7) Deconstructed blackforest, $14 – 70% dark chocolate mousse, edible hazelnut soil, cherry coulis, caramel ice cream. I first got to try chef Nixon Low’s creation at Petit Menu, so it’s definitely a must to order this when chef Nixon is now one of the chefs behind Portico. However, this did not impress as much. Probably too many eateries doing deconstructed cakes.

8) Latte, $7

It was a pleasant lunch for us ladies at Portico. Food was good while service was not too bad. The waiting staff would check on us every now and then. I’m actually curious about their omakase menu where one would sit at the bar counter and interact with the chefs. Oh yes, one gets to watch the chef prepare the dishes and be served personally by them too. However, it seemed like Portico has removed the omakase menu cause I can’t find any information from their website anymore. So hmm… But there’re a few other desserts on the menu which I am interested to try. So I guess I be back to try their desserts. =)

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• 25 Jul 2015 • 181 reviews • 7 followers

Pleasant lunch

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To say the address to Portico as 991B Alexandra Road isn’t exactly wrong. However it’s better to say Portico is located at 991 Alexandra Road, Block B. To enter the estate, one should walk along Alexandra Road after alighting the train from Labrador Park MRT station. And what looks like an industrial estate is actually a development comprising of 9 blocks of office space, etc. And yes, Portico is located at Block B.

And from the menu (pages 12), we ordered:-

1) Luncheon meat fries, $8 – With yuzu mayo.

2) Salt and pepper squid, $8 – With roasted garlic aioli.

3) Bisque of lobster, $18 – With butter brioche, whole tiger prawn. This was rich and good.

4) Wild mushroom risotto, $26 – With eryngii mushroom ragout, tempura enoki mushrooms.

5) Seasonal seafood capelini aglio olio, $28 – With garlic chips, crispy shrimps. Generous serving of small octopus, mussels, clams, firefly squid roe and a prawn.

6) House coffee glazed Saint Louis pork ribs, $33 – Served with baked potato fan, sour cream, chives, crispy bacon, and charred broccoli with gruyere cheese. This was probably our least favourite of the 3 mains. While the meat was tender, it somehow lacked the wow factor. And it’s a pity that the melted cheese on the brocooli had hardened when it was served to us.

7) Deconstructed blackforest, $14 – 70% dark chocolate mousse, edible hazelnut soil, cherry coulis, caramel ice cream. I first got to try chef Nixon Low’s creation at Petit Menu, so it’s definitely a must to order this when chef Nixon is now one of the chefs behind Portico. However, this did not impress as much. Probably too many eateries doing deconstructed cakes.

8) Latte, $7

It was a pleasant lunch for us ladies at Portico. Food was good while service was not too bad. The waiting staff would check on us every now and then. I’m actually curious about their omakase menu where one would sit at the bar counter and interact with the chefs. Oh yes, one gets to watch the chef prepare the dishes and be served personally by them too. However, it seemed like Portico has removed the omakase menu cause I can’t find any information from their website anymore. So hmm… But there’re a few other desserts on the menu which I am interested to try. So I guess I be back to try their desserts. =)

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PS : I am a blogger too! Lifestyle blogFood Blog
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• 01 Jul 2015 • 485 reviews • 7 followers

Eat the food, feel the food at Portico on Saturdays

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For full review and more detailed information, please feel free to refer to:
http://thearcticstar.blogspot.sg/2015/06/media-invite-saturdays-with-portico.html

Being an avid cafe-hopper and food-hunter lately, I was still amazed to discover this hidden gem of a Portico Singapore located at Alexandra office area - along the rows of commercial offices, sitting quaintly between the cross of Telok Blangah and Alexandra area.

I managed to experience Saturdays with Portico, a fun-filled day that gives new meaning to weekend cafe-hopping. Through interactive free activities Portico endeavours to foster a closer bond between us and our food / coffee as we understand the preparation processes. This sounded so fun, and I was excited to get my hands dirty for the planned itineraries.

Portico Singapore is a restaurant, cafe and pub all in one, perfect for diners looking for Western fusion dishes, perfect for coffee lovers to hang around on lazy afternoons, as well as perfect for those looking to unwind and chill over drinks. The exterior boosts of a garden setting exuding tranquility while the interior sets off a charm of its own, with well-spaced tables and well-chosen paintings.

While waiting for the enticing activities to kickstart, we had a plate of Portico Chicken Wings with chilli lime dip. The chicken wings were crackling delicious on the outside, opening up to tender flesh and extremely well-marinated so one could eat these on their own.

We were divided into 2 teams, and I was with the team that tried Plating of Signature Salad of Vine-ripened Tomatoes (SGD$17.00) , demonstrated by Chef Nixon himself. The salad looked so deceptively simple, so pretty in bright colours, and Chef Nixon prepared it so effortlessly.

When I tried my hands at it - with fresh ingredients of jamon serrano slices, organic quinoa and honey melon dressing - slowly arranging them methodically while trying to recollect Chef Nixon's detailed instructions, and constantly referring to the display set. Not bad for a first try, though not the prettiest of them all - but hey, it tasted so good because we added ingredients of our efforts, time and passion into it.

Next, there was a Latte Art Demonstration and Hands-On Session, where we got to watch and get amazed at how it was to prepare a hot, aromatic cup of latte. The steps of preparation looked simple, but the degree of preparation plays a part on whether the coffee would taste good or come with a sour aftertaste.

I got to try out making my own Latte, complete with art, thanks to the helpful barista who ensured smooth and safe completion. During the pouring of the warm milk into the espresso, the flow had to be smooth and in the same direction, so as ensure distinctive lines for the latte art to form. The taste was good as well, aromatic and bittersweet.

For full review and more detailed information, please feel free to refer to:
http://thearcticstar.blogspot.sg/2015/06/media-invite-saturdays-with-portico.html
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• 29 Jun 2015 • 392 reviews • 55 followers

Modern European Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Welcoming Atmosphere

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Full Portico review here: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2015/06/portico-tasting-session.html


Hidden amongst a business complex and surrounded by offices, Portico is not a place you'll stumble upon. This hidden find, with its large al-fresco dining area and edible herb garden, serves up innovative and tasty modern European fusion cuisine in a laid-back, relaxing setting. Portico, which means 'porch' in Italian, is also known for its support of local, Singapore produce; where possible, all ingredients are locally sourced.

Ambience at Portico is designed to resemble a comfy home, with a relaxing outdoor al-fresco garden dining, and the interior calling to mind an intimate living room. Pictures of the staff frame line the wooden cabinets along the wall, and the low atmospheric lighting lends to the feeling of tranquility. You immediately feel like just chilling for a long time here. There's also a pool table outdoors, where dining is nice on breezy evenings.

Service at Portico is friendly, welcoming, and efficient. I note that staff offer greetings, and are quick to seat guests, as well as clear empty / dirty tables. They have a good grasp of the menu, which changes fairly regularly, and can answer general questions about dishes. Kudos to Head Chef Nixon Low for heading up an excellent team!

Food at Portico is fine dining, modern European fusion cuisine, with elements of Singaporean influence. Great care is taken in the preparation and presentation / plating of each dish, such that each is an individual work of art, photo worthy plates of food presented to discerning diners. And it doesn't just look pretty, because Head Chef Nixon Low and team ensure each dish packs flavour and texture, combining to dazzle and please the palate. And while portions are relatively hearty, such gourmet wonders don't come cheap, expect a decent meal here to cost about SGD $60 or more per person!

The Portico Chicken Wings With Chili Lime Dip (SGD $8 / $15 / $27) has a crisp, flavourful batter that crunches nicely to reveal tender, juicy, piping hot chicken meat. There is a sense of nostalgia eating this, as the taste of the batter resembles those from a famous Singaporean fried chicken brand, while the fiery chili with a sharp zing resembles the potent chili you get at the best barbecue chicken wings stalls!

The Salad Of Vine Ripened Tomatoes, Jamon Serrano Slices, Organic Quinoa, Honey Melon Dressing (SGD $17) is a house signature salad, and the combination of tastes and texture is just delightful. You have the bright juicy freshness and tart sourness of the marinated tomatoes, the sweet juicy rock melon, the chewy quinoa, and the salty, savoury taste of the jamon serrano, and the crunch of the shallots, seaweed, and jamon serrano crisps! Highly recommended!


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