Carnivores unite and go fourth! Porteno is your meat lovers paradise, offering succulent Argentinian barbecued meats and traditional fare.
The restaurant has an authentic feel, it’s on the loud side and is always full of people who seem to be having a good time. Nobody takes themselves too seriously in this joint. Check your ego at the door.
Porteno serves up a menu designed to be enjoyed in the only way the Argentinians know how, by sharing. Meats are slow roasted over a traditional Parilla (that’s a barbecue) and Asado (that’s a fire pit) and boy are those cooking hours worth the wait!
Fear not if you’re more of a herbivore, there are some delicious vegetarian dishes on the menu (seriously, don’t knock the brussel sprouts until you’ve tried them – they’ll change your mind about this little loved veggie), or seafood should that be more to your liking.
The wine list is exclusively Argentinean, but staff are on hand should your Argentinean wine knowledge not be up to scratch. Speaking of staff, the service is impeccable. Friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. They’ve got it down pat.
We really love this place. It’s hard to find better meat in Sydney. Also a great place for groups.
Oh, we should mention, they don’t take bookings for parties under 5. Just put your name down for a table and head up the stairs to Gardel’s Bar while you wait.
If like us you love Porteno, you should check out their older brother restaurant, Bodega for amazing tapas.
In a nutshell:
Price: $$ Appropriately priced for the fare.
Fare: Slow cooked Argentinean style meats are the specialty.
Service: Efficient, warm, friendly, knowledgeable.
Location: A little tucked away in the slightly less trendy Surry Hills area.
Ambience: Casual, friendly, fun.
Address: 358 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills
Phone: +61 2 8399 1440
Hours: Tues – Sat – from 6pm