Aug 7, 2013

The Port House – Totally Tapas

We dined en famille on Monday, so that’s me and the Bloke, the Bruv and his lady and Ma ‘n’ Pa. How sweet. We were celebrating my parents wedding anniversary 39 years to the day. We all met up in town with the intention of going somewhere but were going nowhere fast on discovering our chosen spot closed for the Bank Holiday. But Madre mia saved the day when she suggested The Port House.

Good thinking it was too, as we took the centre table in their intimate South William Street restaurant. The place has a great atmos, all dripping candles and olde wine bottles in a foodie cave. The generous menu boasts a great selection of Basque pintxos and tapas. Something for everyone in the audience. We managed to order wine but kept the lovely waitresses hovering with our oohing and ahhing.

The final edit included almendras (roasted almonds), ensalada de queso de cabra con miel (honeyed goat’s cheese salad), croquetas setas (mushroom croquettes), paella de pollo (chicken paella), patatas bravas (fried potatoes), paella de marisco (seafood paella), caballa (mackerel on toast), berenjena con queso de cabra (goat’s cheese aubergine), tetilla templada (deep fried cheese) and guindillas (chillies).

It was a Spanish banquet. I had the goat’s cheese salad, a warm gooey thing on a bed of spinach with tomato. Delish! The mackerel and the mushroom croquettes were mine, all mine. But I was kind enough to sample the deep fried cheese and almonds. The Bloke enjoyed a black pudding dish while Pops tucked into mushrooms on toast. Mother, like moi, stayed mostly green with a bite of something fishy.

The beauty of tapas is in the mixing and matching, so everybody gets to experiment and discover new tastes. And you can go veggie or bloody. The Port House offers traditional desserts and a Ferrero Rocher cheesecake (nom) but it was adios and back to the ranch with us. Via Butlers and Laduree… Well it was a special occasion! There was still room for tea and my homemade banoffee too. Delicioso!

The Port House, 64 South William Street, Dublin 2 / www.porthouse.ie

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