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Time Out says
Tue Jan 29 2013
With its wine cellar atmosphere, attractive tapas menu and friendly
Spanish/Irish staff, The Port House on the Strand is a cosy place to while
away a winter's evening. Just two doors from the Adelphi, it's a new
Irish-owned joint that reflects the current zeitgeist for all things
The food, served in dinky tapas portions, can be a bit hit and miss though.
The Spanish tortilla, though well seasoned, was overcooked, the mushroom
croquetas bland and heavy, but we liked the lemony, salty whitebait, the
garlic-laden pa amb tomaquet (Catalonia's answer to tomato bruschetta) and
the crisply moreish churros with chocolate sauce. More creative options
included scallops with cauliflower purée and powdered jamón ibérico - an
unexpected hit - and a dull rendition of Spain's bawdiest cheese, tetilla
(literally ('small breast'), deep-fried and served with honey.
Drinks are a forte. Wines (affordable and largely Spanish) are listed with
maps and there's a good selection of gins, sherries and ports. The Dows
white port (£3.90) made a luscious apéritif and we followed this up with an
honest carafe of Celeste tempranillo (£18.70).
With apéritifs, drinks, puddings and (top-notch) coffee, the £85 bill crept
up on us; but the candlelit vibe, occasional high notes and absence of
kitsch (no bull's heads or matadors in tight trousers) took some of the
Port House 417 Strand
- Venue phone:
020 7836 7764
Tube: Charing Cross tube/rail.
- 417 Strand
- 020 7836 7764
- 417 Strand
- Port House