Porteno is a South American BBQ restaurant owned and run by the team behind popular Surry Hills tapas joint Bodega. Like Bodega, Porteno doesn't take reservations but unlike Bodega this place is huge, covering two levels.
Recently went back to this place and much to my disappointment they have lowered their standard of service here compared to my last review. Every time we used to come here the staff were super attentive and entertaining, however this time the staff lacked customer service, took away my glass of wine when i was not even finished, no explanation of the food they served and overall just disorganised. Food here' is always great, but it doesn't make me that excited to comeread more
The food is to die for, but you do pay for it, and for the exclusivity and other bells and whistles. I think the lamb is slow cooked, very yummy and mouth watering. They certainly do hospitality well, and the door girl, Sarah, she had got to be the coolest front of house ever, love her feminine style and pin curls, worth it just to see that.
Porteno has been one of those places that's been on our list of "must try" but we never got around to it. Finally someone organised an event and it was the perfect reason to go and sample what the fuss is all about. I left the food decision power to the people on the table. I was just happy to try a nice repertoire of their foods. We started with their House Baked Bread & Olive Oil with Chicken Liver & Ham Pâté and a side serving of Marinated Olives. Starters like this are simpleread more