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“Beautifully understated”
Review of Portal Restaurant and Bar - CLOSED

Portal Restaurant and Bar
Cuisines: Portuguese
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Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Clerkenwell
London, England, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Beautifully understated”
Reviewed 18 February 2014

A lovely restaurant and our second time here. Relaxed, knowledgeable, attentive yet discreet service, beautifully prepared and presented food. My partner had two starters of the scallops and pigeon salad, myself the black pudding risotto and sous vide rabbit. Expertly cooked and lovely flavours. We tried a selection of Portuguese wines with our courses, also all excellent. Subtle lighting and a good little garden area that we'd like to try in the summer. Modern yet elegant furnishings.

  • Visited February 2014
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English first
Illinois
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392 reviews
233 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Good atmosphere, great wines and good food”
Reviewed 16 February 2014

Recently had dinner as part of a corporate event. Service was excellent and the food was also very well done. Many times when you have a limited number of options for dinner at a corporate event the food can be dull and bland. Not here. Well done, well presented and very flavorful.

  • Visited February 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Strange and rather wonderful but.....................”
Reviewed 17 January 2014

Walking through the front door you are greeted with warmth and affection and immediately feel a valued customer. Quite rare in London these days. The front bar serves draft beer - a big plus point although Portuguese lager does have its drawbacks. A warm and friendly place to sink a pint and explore the tapas menu. Big boys food is in the main dining area in the rear. A large attractive atmospheric space with plenty of room between tables. The menu is comprehensive but compact. Realistically I was slightly disappointed not in the quality of the food served, I had delicious Scallops followed by Sea Bass and a scrummy Chocolate Fondant. But was, for want of a better phrase 'Fine Dining'. Artistry on a plate. Half a strawberry, a little bit of this and a little bit of that beautifully arranged. Was it good. Most certainly 'Yes' but somehow I was expecting a more robust Mediterranean offering to compliment and match what was obviously available in the front. Would I go back? Certainly but next time hit the tapas and draft beer. Incidentally one real plus point - very easy street parking outside the restaurant in the evening.That itself saves quite a few bob compared to most central London Car park charges.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank David W
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London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Excellent Service”
Reviewed 21 November 2013

We enjoyed a very nice meal, nothing out of the ordinary but good honest well presented food
The service and atmosphere were excellent
Would definitely go back

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank David L
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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49 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great Find”
Reviewed 20 November 2013

I was meeting my daughter in London near her place of work and by chance went into this restaurant to see if they had a table. Initially there was alot of umming & erring and talk of being very busy but we could see that there were several free tables. We were asked to wait for 20 minutes, which we chose to do. We sat at the bar & bought a bottle of red wine to share based on the recommendation of the barman (who offered to let us try several if need be).
The meal we had was exceptional (I had lamb & my daughter had the Sea Bass), very tasty, well presented & with garnish that enhanced the meal.
The atmosphere is calm and warm and would recommend without hesitation, but recomend you book first).

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank NigelB1
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