I love free food, so when The Portman invited me to have
dinner (partially) on them, I was like, ummm, yes please! The Portman is a
gastro pub situated on top of a real pub near Marble Arch. I wasn’t sure I was at the right place at
first because downstairs kind of feels like an old man’s pub. However, as I had a drink downstairs and
waited for my other half, their hits of 2010 playlist was on fleek! Don’t let
the exterior fool you!
Upstairs is fairly newly renovated (although the ladies
toilet could use a little work) and the banquette was really comfortable. Seems like a place you would go with
colleagues after work, as the hubs and I were the only couple there. Playlist moved to 80s slow jams and it was
It was really hard to choose what to eat. I was leaning towards the crispy squid but my
love of soups got the better of me and I had the broccoli and Stilton soup of
the day. It was so good! Not too blue
cheesy and the croutons were covered in garlic butter. It was a tad too hot though, so by the time I
was able to eat the croutons, they were a little soggy. Still delicious. My husband had the ravioli that was fresh, al
dente and tasty. I liked that they
allowed you to chose if you wanted to have the sauce and how much.
For our mains I went with good old steak. It was an OK cut of meat but cooked and
seasoned very well. I was super excited
about their ‘stealth’ fries, which were apparently double cooked with the skin
on. The real thing was slightly
disappointing (but I did have pretty high hopes). The fries weren’t that crispy. Don’t get me
wrong, I still ate them all, but maybe they need to be triple cooked? My steak
also came with a salad but I don’t think there was any dressing, so after a few
bites of dry leaves I stopped. Plus, I
already got my five a day in the soup.
We obviously had dessert and I inhaled the Ferrero Rocher
cheesecake. I had to curb my inkling to
devour their entire cheese selection because I already had the cheese
soup. People who bake cheesecakes are
like people who put raisins in cookies (insert rolling eyes emoticon here). Thankfully
this one wasn’t! It was really good, a tad rich and, in my opinion, emphasized the
worst part of a Ferrero Rocher: The nuts… which actually isn’t that bad.
Overall we had a really good time, the staff were very
friendly. They also had a great wine
list. I would probably go back if I was
in the area doing some shopping. I will
say it was a bit expensive for a gastro pub.
That being said, we did drink a lot, so that was a big chunk of it.
51 Upper Berkeley Street, W1H 7QW
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