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Portal

Portuguese Restaurant in London
Portal, 88 St John St, London, EC1M 4EH
020 7253 6950    Email    Website   
This restaurant is now closed
Offers
Set Lunch Menu - 2 courses £23 or 3 courses £28, both inclusive of Tea or Filter coffee
This offer is available from February 1, 2013 until December 31, 2020, subject to availability as displayed in the booking interface. Offer excludes service and includes VAT. Not available in conjunction with other offers. This promotion has additional information available. Click on the link(s) to view.
This restaurant is now closed
Harden's Survey Result
Overall Value
3.5
out of 5
Food 
Service 
Ambience 
3.5
£59
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“A fantastic ambassador” for Portuguese food (“which is generally underrated”), this Clerkenwell fixture also benefits from a “refined and beautiful” interior – “particularly the super-sized conservatory” – and an “eclectic and distinctive” list of wines and ports.
STOP PRESS: Due to the increased rent demands from the landlord, Portal has sadly had to close its doors.
Offers
Set Lunch Menu - 2 courses £23 or 3 courses £28, both inclusive of Tea or Filter coffee
This offer is available from February 1, 2013 until December 31, 2020, subject to availability as displayed in the booking interface. Offer excludes service and includes VAT. Not available in conjunction with other offers. This promotion has additional information available. Click on the link(s) to view.
Features
Business Facilities Yes1
Outside Tables Yes1
Private Rooms Yes9,14
Last Orders 10.15 pm
Dress Code -
Portal Restaurant Reviews
Reviews of Portal Restaurant in EC1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Portal restaurant.
Richard Jefferies
Team Christmas drinks - lovely selection of...
Overall Value
3.5
out of 5
Food 
Service 
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Reviewed 1 years, 3 months, 11 days ago

"Team Christmas drinks - lovely selection of Tapas..."

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Julian Wyatt
Not being used to Portuguese food, the food...
Overall Value
2.5
out of 5
Food 
Service 
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Reviewed 1 years, 9 months, 3 days ago

"Not being used to Portuguese food, the food here was different and well cooked, however the laissez-faire attitude of the staff let down the whole affair. Pity because the wines were refreshingly different"

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The Editors Review

Portugal. What springs to mind? Golf and beaches rather than haute cuisine.


It has its Port industry, of course -- and produces half the world's cork (used mostly for'you guessed it). And in fact the name for this excellent Smithfield newcomer comes from a family-owned wine-maker in the Douro Valley. Drink is a theme - from the bar (through which you enter) to the interesting Iberian-led wine list; the Port list; and the attractive bottle-lined private room (for 10).


The place is much more than a glorified wine bar, though, even if an extensive and interesting-sounding menu of petiscos ('tidbits') is available. Occupying the attractive, rambling site, vacated by Cafe Lazeez City, it's an impressive all-rounder, equally suited for business lunching (of the not too formal variety) or dining when you're paying your own way.


Much of the main dining area, at the rear, occupies a large metal-framed conservatory-type room, looking on to a small yard and a surprisngly characterful stone wall. Its stylish but unustuffy atmosphere was enlivened on our visit by a (subdued) jazzy background soundtrack. Two thirds of the dining room was besuited.


If you didn't know the food was Portuguese-inspired, you'd just think that finally, hallelujah, someone (in this case, Ricardo Costa) had created a modern European menu that didn't just round up the usual suspects. Iberian 'notes' -- such as a bacalhau crust to a fish dish -- pepper menu descriptions, and the dishes I experienced were interesting and deeply flavoured. The same could be said of the Quinta da Portal white (a Moscatel and Malvasia blend), but not the coffee (which was surprisingly poor).


Service was in some cases of the charming English-as-a-second-language variety. Any incomprehension was immediately efficiently overcome, though, and only added to the genuine atmosphere that runs through the whole venture.


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