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20 August 2014
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Portal Restaurant & Bar

020 3641 0624

88 St John Street, London EC1M 4EH

£51.00 Portuguese Clerkenwell, Barbican

Overall Diner Rating

 

Based on 23 ratings. Rate it!

  • Wine: £24.00
  • Champagne: £55.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 12:00-15:00pm; Mon-Sat 6-10.15pm

Square Meal Review of Portal Restaurant & Bar ?

With football’s ‘special one’ back in town, Portal’s profile will be given a boost by the return of its most famous customer, a certain José Mourinho. The Chelsea manager isn’t the only one to rate this smart Portuguese restaurant and bar: its well-executed cooking, ‘attentive service’ and breathtaking conservatory still receive warm praise from all quarters. Portal’s classic flavours strike the balance between contemporary and comforting themes. Cornish sardine escabèche and grilled peppers heaped onto toasted bread is generous and straightforward, while the must-try bacalhau (salt cod) with turnip tops, cornbread and black-eyed beans is fussily presented with powder, micro-cress and an architectural garnish – although it’s cooked from the heart. For dessert, custard tart with a drop of tawny port is heaven. The eye-opening wine list brings modern vintages and fortified tipples from the country’s best producers.

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  1. Portal Restaurant & Bar

    88 St John Street, London EC1M 4EH
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    Aymeric V.

    tasty lusitania

        (9)

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 6

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  2. Portal Restaurant & Bar

    88 St John Street, London EC1M 4EH
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    Harry B.

    Portuguese food in a glass house setting

        (1)

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 8

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  3. Portal Restaurant & Bar

    88 St John Street, London EC1M 4EH
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    Tim H.

    First timers

        (11)

     
    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 5

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  4. Portal Restaurant & Bar

    88 St John Street, London EC1M 4EH
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    Matthew W.
        (1)

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 8

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  5. Portal Restaurant & Bar

    88 St John Street, London EC1M 4EH
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    ccm
        (1)

     
    • Food & Drink: 5
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 4

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  6. Portal Restaurant & Bar

    88 St John Street, London EC1M 4EH
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    Chris H.
        (19)

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 7

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  7. Portal Restaurant & Bar

    88 St John Street, London EC1M 4EH
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    DFF
      Silver Reviewer  (9)

     
    • Food & Drink: 6
    • Service: 2
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 5

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  8. Portal Restaurant & Bar

    88 St John Street, London EC1M 4EH
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    TJ J.
        (1)
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 2
    • Service: 1
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 1

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  9. Portal Restaurant & Bar

    88 St John Street, London EC1M 4EH
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    Andrew H.
        (5)

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 7

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  10. Portal Restaurant & Bar

    88 St John Street, London EC1M 4EH
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    Magda P.
        (1)

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 6
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 7

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  1. Published : Thursday, 20th October 2011

    Rate My Bistro :: Portal – Farringdon

    For a really special occasion, Portal is the place to go! Exquisite food, excellent service and a wonderful atmosphere is what this restaurant is all about! On entering Portal, there is the bar area. The restaurant area is slightly separated from the bar and it extends right through into the conservatory! As we were early, we started off with drinks at the bar. The bar staff were really knowledgeable about the drinks and made us feel comfortable straight away!...
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Private Dining at Portal Restaurant & Bar

The semi-private Tapas Room by the bar offers warm and elegant surroundings. Suitable for drinks and a light meal or snack from Portal's Portuguese menu.

The Adega Room is a private room within Portal that can hold up to 14 diners and offers a more intimate option for events or meetings. It's glass-fronted cellar showcases the restaurant's fine wines.

The Conservatory lends an alfresco feel that offers lovely views by day and night and can accommodate all styles of catered event. The newly refurbished courtyard is a perfect spot for arrival drinks.

 

Capacities

Private RoomCapacity
Room for 14 people14

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To book a table, call
020 3641 0624
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Online Offers ?

  •  Set Lunch Menu - 2 courses £23 or 3 courses £28, both inclusive of Tea or Filter coffee

    • This offer is available from February 1, 2013 until December 31, 2020, subject to availability as displayed in the booking interface. Offer excludes service and Not available in conjunction with other offers. This promotion has additional information available. Click on the link(s) to view.

      Max: 7 people

      Starts: 01 Feb 2013

      Expires: December 2020

      includes VAT.

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