Portland Steakhouse & Cafe Reviews, MG Road, Bangalore - Burrp
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annamax - Burrp User

annamax

June 01,2014
3.0

Portland Steakhouse

We headed to steakhouse on a weekday night and the place was close to empty. The ambience was good with open spaces , dim lighting and comfortable seating.
Though each of us decided to order a steak we couldn't resist sampling their chicken wings. The chicken wings came piping hot with a generous amount of sauce. They had a smoky flavor which we enjoyed, they were good however a better balance of flavors would have made them excellent. We then ordered our steaks - a filet mignon with boderlaise sauce, chateaubriand with mushroom sauce,chipotle supreme and tenderloin with cascabel and lime. The steaks were all well portioned and of good quality. However they tasted similar and came with the same sides.The mash potato and sauteed onions were good and the addition of sweet corn was interesting but the boiled carrots and beans were devoid of seasoning.The boderlaise sauce wasn't too bad but the mushroom sauce wasn't good. The chipotle and tenderloin steaks don't come with sauce so they seem dry after a few bites. Overall the food isn't too bad and the prices are reasonable.Yet you leave not completely satisfied, so will I go there again? No this is one of those one visit only places.
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Horit Bhattacharya

October 25,2013
4.0

Steakhouse Indeed!

With the unfortunate dip in the quality of steaks at past favorites like Millers 46, Portland Steakhouse is poised to be crowned as the only place (see what I did there?) to head towards for large chunks of well cooked beef. The place is run by the daughter of Bangalore's favorite meat man, Haroon. She's often in the restaurant, table hopping, making recommendations. I've visited the place a couple of times, always over the weekend. Reserving a table is recommended. I was surprised to read about reservation troubles and less than polite Maitre 'Ds because of the excellent experiences I've had. On one occasion, we arrived very close to closing time, and they were more than happy to welcome us and let us eat a relaxed, unhurried meal well past the regular lunch hours. Let's break this down: Ambiance Elegant, spacious, relaxed, with a touch of old world charm. Comfortable seating, open spaces, a couple of water bodies (not too well maintained though), shades of white and cream abound, mild incandescent lighting in decorative frames. Reminiscent of dining spaces from members only clubs influenced by our colonial past. Well located, but might need a little bit of GPS wrangling to get to. Food Well what can I say, this place delivers the goods and then some. I've had their Chateaubriand, Filet Mignon, and Supreme. They were all excellent - and I don't use the word lightly - succulent, flavorful, well cut, and fresh. I also liked that the weights were indicated on the menu. I've eaten at far too many restaurants where the steak is the size of a disappointing cutlet. But now the really great part - presentation, degree of doneness, and accompaniments. Quite possibly the best I've had in the country. The sides aren't an afterthought slapped on to the plate from some dubious casserole in the corner. The mash, vegetables, Corn on the Cob are really really good and make for a truly hearty meal. I added on some creamed spinach and by God was it good! One can choose from an array of sauces, I strongly recommend the Bordelaise or the Mushroom. The steaks are cooked according to your specification, the descriptions on the menu aid the choice. When Portland Steakhouse say Slightly pink, warm center , you get slightly pink, warm center and not mostly brown, hot as hell all over. I've also tried their Poached Fish with glass noodles - really light, and delicate - good for folks who have sensitive palates, or are calorie conscious; and their Calamari RIngs - fairly good, not exceptional. I was coerced into trying their Cherry and Rhubarb pie. It was tasty but could use a slightly thinner crust, and perhaps a little less gelatin. The cherry pie at The Only Place was much better. They have a fairly standard beverage menu with a selection of wines etc. Their iced tea is good and long. Service We were greeted and seated promptly by the Maitre 'D. Service is definitely a notch higher than the other steakhouses in the city. Order taking, dish recommendation, wine pairing etc. have been given some thought and effort, and are generally executed well. Water is poured promptly, and a basket of outstanding pretzels and breads arrives at the table shortly. Also, I love the way in which the food is brought to the table with plate covers, set down in front of the guests, and then unveiled ceremonially. I haven't seen it anywhere else in Bangalore, and I give Portland Steakhouse mad props for their old school approach to food service (and that also includes the lovely little sauce boats on the plate) Prices are reasonable and one gets value for money. I hate restaurants with overpriced, miserly portions. Portland Steakhouse definitely isn't one of those places. I look forward to returning to this fine establishment, and recommend it highly to folks looking for a good steak or even just a nice dining experience.
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SJames

December 17,2012
5.0

Great food, service and ambience!

My husband and I cale across this restaurant quite by accident and we were in for a wonderful surprise! Not only was the space tastefully designed, the service was excellent and the food absolutely wonderful! We have gone back a few more times and each time, it's the same great experience. The fish in the light lemon(?) sauce is exquisite! So was the marinated tofu. The owner also takes a personal interest in making sure that you are happy with your food. It is clear that she puts a lot of thought into designing their menu. Her dessert suggestions are spot-on! Their cheese cake is a must-try. They also seem to cook with seasonal products which is great. And unlike most other places in Bangalore, they keep their music volume low enough so that you can actually have a conversation across the table. Five stars, and highly recommended!
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foodblogger

October 18,2012
5.0

Great Find!!!

This is a lovely little steakhouse on Brunton Road, off MG Road. I had crossed this place a few times and wanted to go there for lunch, but since its a newly opened place was buying a little time to see how the other reviewers find this Restaurant. Finally, inspired by the spate of good reviews on Portland Steakhouse on this website, went there for lunch this Saturday with a friend. We ordered Portland chicken wings for starters and one Porter House steak and a Pepper steak with pepsi for main course. We wanted beer to go with our steak but as of now they just have license to serve wine. The chicken wings came smeared with the wing sauce which was quite delicious. Both the steaks were nicely done in medium to rare, just how we had ordered. My house steak in particular was really nicely done. Loved the food here. Hope to be back soon once they start selling beer.
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indigobangalore

September 07,2012
5.0

A Magical Evening

It was an enchanting experience! The moment you enter the Portland Steakhouse & Cafe you feel very positive vibrations. The ambiance is peaceful and uncluttered.I had a wonderful Grilled Steak Supreme and when I ordered medium-rare it was served medium rare!! The cut was of good quality, juicy and the BBQ sauce was good. The mashed potatoes were deliciously creamy. The steamed veggies tasted healthy. I loved the Baked Cheese Cake.The service was pretty decent and the prices very reasonable. This steak is better than most of the highly priced steaks in 5-Star hotels I have eaten in. The couple that runs this place were warm and friendly. Definitely a must go again on a regular basis.
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