wife wanted to relax & have a good dinner. it’s public holiday so some amex lovedining places like tunglok do not offer discounts.
i called up portico prime @ dempsey & they had the usual discount so we went on 2.1.2017.
portico prime is the previous prime society.
we liked the wagyu steaks & oysters here & came here when it was prime society, on 28.4.2015.
bread was warm & soft, not flavourful so very average & better was frozen hard like those at cafeteria.
oysters were ok, the “gee?” was creamier than the “ocean”.
i don’t know much about oysters, but looking back at the photos on 28.4.2015, the oysters then looked a lot creamier.
memory then was that oysters were good, while these were average.
the caviar truffle capellini with sakura ebi dish was very flavourful.
with 50% discounts it was S$15.
at first it still looked expensive c/w say saveur or concetto.
portion was actually small for main but larger than the S$6, S$7 appetizer at saveur or concetto.
the taste though was awesome!
this a popular dish here, & i would order it again.
the truffle flavour was endearing with the al dente pasta, and the sakura ebi very tasty, crunchy and added some saltiness to the dish, combined perfectly. i think taste wise better than saveur & concetto which were also good.
they did not have 2 dishes we wanted to order this evening – the kagoshima A5 wagyu, and mussels.
we ordered the usda choice ribeye first.
it was really good, and the brown sauce was great too. done medium rare quite perfectly, very sweet, tender, flavourful steak. pencil asparagus was the cheaper variety, but it was good.
labrezza’s 300g angus ribeye with salsa & rockets was cheaper though & equally good.
we were not particularly hungry but we decided to try another steak, though it was grass-fed & sirloin, altogether poorer cut & price not much different.
steak was not as tender, still sweet but not as.
& medium rare doneness a bit over, not ideal overall. i won’t order this next time.
& i will call up first to ask if the jap A5 wagyu available.
portico prime inherited the largely same arresting ambience of prime society. the restaurant seems to be priced a bit lower end than prime society, and a bit more variety. portico group is helmed by nixon low who was with petite menu, and before that andre & saint pierre.