Portico Prime

[Portico Prime]


Portico Prime, sister arm of Portico, took over the space at Dempsey hill which used to be The Prime Society, serving modern european cuisines.

My man and I had their 3-course Festive set lunch priced at $48++ per pax and we enjoyed it.


Starters:

(1) Bread and butter

- The highlight here was the seaweed butter. Consume together with the sundried tomato bread, it's was yum! A great start to my festive lunch. Rating 4/5.

(2) Jerusalem Artichoke Soup


- Parmesan and sesame tuile; crispy, savoury with fragrance from the roasted sesame. Blue swimmer crab croquette was packed with firm crabmeat, deep fried till crispy. Seafood freshness was clearly presently in every bite into the crabmeat. My only complain? Too small piece! A bite of croquette with a mouthful of artichoke soup, it was so rich, sinful and delicious. Rating 4/5.

(3) Smoked Salmon Mousseline


- The most pretty dish of all courses. Salmon mousse was creamy and texture real smooth. Served chilled and it's like eating salmon gelato. Before I forked it, I was quite worried that there might be overwhelming "fishy" taste which I'm afraid of but the pickled radish and shallots helped in reducing it. The crispy pumpernickel crumbs and salmon roe also helps in bringing up some crunchiness and lesser the mushy. The most love part were the thin salmon skin crisps! Rating 3.5/5.


Mains:
(4) Roasted Pork Belly with Crackling



- Meat was marinated till flavourful, taste of chinese spices was pretty strong but was slight salty for me, still it was delicious. Pork was paired with sherry pork sauce, with hints of sweetness and light alcohol aftertaste. Unfortunately the pork belly skin wasn't crackling otherwise it would have scored higher with my tastebuds. Pumpkin purée that was supposed to carry ginger scent wasn't distinctive at all. Rating 4/5.

(5) Roulade of Turkey with wild mushrooms


- This turkey dish surprised me with wild mushroom hidden inside the meat roulade. Mushroom taste was rather strong, It actually helped to reduce the overpowering thyme marinates found on the meat.  Together with the poultry jus and brandy cranberries, the overall taste was more well-balanced. Roasted seasoned potatoes with herbs tasted great too and I don't mind having them alone as a starter or snack. Rating 3/5.

Desserts:
(6) Max Felchlin 64% Chocolate and hazelnut mousse



- Dessert!!! A girl's best friend :) Marron ice cream was bery sweet with strong nutty  aftertaste. What won me over was the homemade prune and armagnac jam, it worked so well with the chocolate hazelnut mousse! Weird marriage but tasted good! Rating 4/5.


*** A classy restaurant with nice ambience and attentive servers. No complains at all for their good service. Food and plating were definitely of high standards. When you're there, you might want to take their alfresco seatings overseeing Portico's own herbs garden, very relaxing and great if drinking a glass or two. Suitable for dating, friends gathering or after-work get together ***



Portico Prime
10 Dempsey Road #01-20
Singapore 247700
Tel: 64747427
www.portico.sg

Tuesday to Sunday
Lunch 11.30am to 3pm.
Dinner 6pm to 10.30pm Weekdays & till 11.30pm on Weekends.
(Closed on Monday)

Thank you Hungrygowhere for selecting me as the winner for this wonderful meal.

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