Restaurant review - Porta, Northgate Street, Chester
PUBLISHED: 15:50 16 January 2013 | UPDATED: 22:38 20 February 2013
Porta, Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2HT.<br/>www.portatapas.co.uk
Style of venue
This new tapas and wine bar from the brothers behind the Joseph Benjamin has been open only a few weeks. But it has already made an impression on Chesters dining scene. This informal venue, in the shadows of Northgate Bridge and next to their Bib Gourmand restaurant, would sit just as happily in a Spanish village.
Rustic charm fills every corner. Pull up a high stool at the bar while watching your tapas dishes being cooked. The dcor is simple and well thought-out. Stone floors, dark wood furniture and chalkboards displaying the menu.
On the menu
More than 20 tapas dishes. Three of us shared several ample portioned tasters including Spanish staples of patatas bravas (3.50), Manchego cheese with quince (4.90) and potato and onion tortilla (3.50). Favourites were the salted Catalan almonds (2.50), chorizo and lentil stew (5.50). A dessert of a small Pastel de Nata (2.25) a Portuguese custard tart finished things off beautifully.
Cosy and relaxing. The layout is perfect for enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of this lovely tapas bar. Get in quick! Porta was almost full despite on a dreary Wednesday night.
Service was efficient, helpful and friendly.
Enough dishes to satisfy three peoples appetites, with soft drinks and a beer came to only 50.
BOOKING NOT REQUIRED
Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2HT.