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 Spanish.
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 sting away.
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Average User Rating
4.3 / 5
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You could be easily fooled into thinking the food here was excellent, as the atmosphere and decor are that of a Tapas bar that would leave you with high expectations. However, despite the fantastically romantic ambience and moody lighting - the food is pretty average (not bad, but average). The baby bowl of crispy pork belly tasted a bit like dry bacon, the white bait wasn't particularly fresh, and the potatoes bravas were fried potatoes with mayonnaise. The piri piri chicken wings weer a highlight, but who doesn't like chicken wings.
I had an amazing time when I went a year ago. I was looking for the contact number in this page and realised the rating from time out was quite low, which surprised me.
we had amazing drinks and really good tapas. I'm Spanish and I really enjoyed the way they cooked everything.
the only reason I won't give them 5 stars is because it ended up being crazy expensive, but I think I had one too many drinks...which pumped up the price!
still, coming back and very happy about it!
This is a great find and they do the best G&T I've ever tasted! The G&T menu changes weekly so each visit offers a new sensory delight 😀 The tapas menu offers a mouth watering choice, great for vegetarians too and great service
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