Mon - Fri: 11:30 - 15:00
Mon - Fri: 17:30 - 23:00
Sun: Open only for private functions
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!
We had an upsetting first time visit at Portico and it was heartening that Portico took my feedback seriously. The cafe offered to host my family and I for a complimentary Sunday brunch, with Leslie personally attending to us. It was with great pleasure that we gave Portico a second chance.
Our second time here was much better and we were able to experience the warmth and sincerity exuded by Portico's service staff. On 13 July, we were warmly welcomed by Leslie, who apologised profusely for our bad experience and explained about the overwhelming demands of the customers and the lack of staff on the day that we went. He then invited us to order some of the recommended dishes on Portico's Sunday Brunch menu. We tried the roasted tomato soup and wild mushroom soup, which were really thick and full of flavour! As a fan of truffle fries, I enjoyed an unusual but highly satisfying mix of truffle fries (cooked with a generous portion of truffle oil) and nacho cheese, which were surprisingly good!
My dad had the Full English breakfast, and my mum had the potato rosti. Both were very delicious! My mum raved about the potato rosti that was just so delectable. I had the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, which were really normal and this dish felt like something that I could whip up on my own. However, my boyfriend had the Eggs benedict and they were by far, the best that we have ever eaten! The eggs were soft and runny, and the bacon was cooked to a crisp. Definitely a must-try.
We then had desserts of Kaiserschmarrn, classic Austrian sweet pancake served with home made jam and warm nutella brownie served with vanilla ice-cream. The sweet delicious treats were absolutely yummy!
We also had the opportunity to chat with Shawn, Portico’s owner who brimmed with pride as he shared with us about the specialty of the coffees at Portico, brewed with Spirits machines and with much heart. He invited my parents to try the mocha and latte, which they relished with great pleasure! Their coffee fix was heavenly. As I don’t drink coffee, Shawn invited me to try the iced chocolate. Again, being a fan of iced chocolates, Portico’s one was very different and refreshing from the ones that I’ve tried. The iced chocolate was made with dark chocolate powder, imported from New Zealand.
After yesterday's visit, we were totally blown away by the quality of the food and drinks served at brunch. Leslie was warm and attentive to our needs, and we are glad to have a second opinion of Portico. We will definitely recommend this place as a must visit for Sunday brunch. Once again, thank you, Portico, for hosting us. The brunch definitely more than made up for our bad experience on 25 June.
We did not have to pay for this brunch and the amount quoted below is what we would have paid.
Overall, the food is acceptable but pretty "Deja vu". We ordered a black angus ribeye and one classic menu which includes 2 starters, a main and a dessert.
The "Bisque of main lobster" was a bit salty and bitter. The whole tiger prawn was pretty small...
The "Vine ripened tomatoes" salad had a nice looking but when you put it into mouth nothing special comes out.
The "Ubin sea bass" was perfectly cooked but it didn't blend with the side potatoes served with a beurre blanc sauce...they were actually quite greasy.
The "Prime Black Angus" was cooked as wished. The sides were very average.
The "Deconstructed black forest" was far away the best note of the evening. Very nice plating and very nice flavor... but it tasted more like a lovely chocolate mousse than a Black forest.
We also ordered a margarita and it was so far the worst we've ever had. It tasted like water with ice.
The service was slow but luckily they have a very sweet waitress with a good sens of humor to help us wait.
Again, it's "Deja Vu"
Went down to portico for a friend's birthday. The service is good, ambient is perfect. Staff are friendly and was given a free snack platter because it's her birthday. Serving of food is NOT stingy. Good place and good food. Value for money. Will recommend!!!