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358 Cleveland St Surry Hills NSW 2010 Australia
358 Cleveland StAUNSWSurry Hills2010
+61 2 8399 1440porteno.com.au
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Monday ClosedTuesday 6:00 pm – 12:00 amWednesday 6:00 pm – 12:00 amThursday 6:00 pm – 12:00 amFriday 6:00 pm – 12:00 amSaturday 6:00 pm – 12:00 amSunday Closed
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People talk about brussel sprouts, blood sausage, suckling pig, beef short ribs and upstairs bar
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Chris Chow
reviewed 2 months ago
Porteno is a meat mecca, I went on a Friday night for dinner with two of my good friends. The menu is a smorgasbord of meat; chicken, beef, pork, lamb, sausages and even sweetbreads! There's also a nice selection of side dishes including polenta, cassava and vegetables. After studying the menu for a few minutes, the three of us decide on the Wood-fired pig, polenta and beef short ribs. The polenta is very smooth and soft, the gorgonzola adds a sharp salt taste, while the walnuts provide a nice crunchy texture. The short ribs are cut at 2cm across the rib, which according to the menu is a typical Argentinean cut. The meat is slightly tough for my liking but is well flavoured. Next comes the star of the show, the famous 8 hour wood-fired pig. This little pig has been marinating in his juices for 8 hours just for me to enjoy. The crackling is crispy, the meat is juicy and tender.
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Mindy Chia
reviewed 4 months ago
Was really excited to try this place after all the hype we had heard. Unfortunately, this place did not live up to our high expectations. It was decent food at decent prices don't get me wrong. But is it worth turning up at 6pm to get a table? I'm not sure. Blood sausage was fantastic, roast pork pretty good, beef ribs were dry but sirloin good
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Martin Butler
reviewed 4 months ago
I had heard rave reviews about Porteno and so my expectations were very high. I went into it thinking my mind would be blown, but to be honest it was good but not on another level. I have had similar meals in other grilled meat restaurants (e.g. Braza). Don't get me wrong - it was good. But given the way that people had raved about it, I think my expectations were just too high. My take is that maybe Porteno was ahead of the game when it first opened, but now it is one of many places that you can get this kind of food... and the other places don't make you wait for your table!
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penny aka jeroxie
reviewed 2 months ago
I had to order the morcilla ($12). It’s blood sausage with red pepper in garlic. Super awesome and delicious morcilla. I love the slightly charred exterior of the morcilla that is just juxtaposed with the creamy insides. The red peppers with the hint of garlic and the generous amount of olive oil brought it all together really well. I am in love! I have been back many many times. And this is still one of my must order dish. And then came the Chanchito a la Cruz or also known as the 8 hour woodfired pig ($46). The crackling is to die for and I can just have the whole bowl of it please. The meat was super tender and packed with natural flavour.
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Howard Chen
reviewed 3 months ago
I first heard about Porteno when Anthony Bourdain spoke in Sydney back in March this year. I was taking a trip to Buenos Aires later that month and I made a note to visit Porteno afterwards to compare steaks. It took me 4 months and all I can say is WHY DIDN'T I COME EARLIER?!?! Three of us rocked up at 730pm on a Friday night and we were told we could get seated at 9pm and that we could order drinks and tapas while we wait upstairs (you clever bastards.) A place that has a floor dedicated to letting you hang out a bit while you wait to get seated? Sweet. When you walk in you feel like you're transplanted back to the 50's with rockabilly fashion everywhere you look. Not what I expected, and totally cool nonetheless. We ordered pork belly skewers and croquette tapas while we waited. The skewers were seriously amazing...juicy and tender, well done on the pork belly. The corquettes were OK. Note: the key to getting seated faster is to stand downstairs and to stare at the hostess long enough for her to get uncomfortable. We were seated at roughly 930pm and promptly ordered bread with pork pate, fried brussel sprouts, chorizo, sirloin, short ribs, and Kobe wagyu beef. The bread was fresh from the oven (I burned myself) and the pork pate is definitely an acquired taste, but it's tasty if it's your thing. The brussel sprouts were surprisingly good; I'm not a fan of brussel sprouts by any means but I would order these again when I come here the next time. We kind of overdid it with the chorizo, and while it was a good dish I don't think I'd get it again. The best part about Argentinian style steak besides the meat are its toppings...chimichurri and salsa criolla. I felt like I was back in Buenos Aires after tasting Porteno's version. The sirloin was good...the short ribs were better...but the Kobe wagyu was by far the best. You HAVE to try all three, and you HAVE to use chimichurri and salsa criolla on your bread and meat. It would be a shame for you to come and not experience the party that would pop off if your mouth with this combination. Pair it with a malbec and you are good to go. Please visit.
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Trahern Brusse
reviewed a month ago
Great food and fantastic service. The slow corked pork and lamb is amazing. The staff are very friendly and recommended the perfect wine. A must do for any meat lover!