Portobello Ristorante – 3 Course Dinner
Portobello remains one of our favourite Italian restaurants to go to in Vancouver. Their regular menu has a lot of good items like the roast lamb and the chicken parmigiana but they also often have set menus which provide good value too.
Before our meal, we started off with the Hypnotini ($9) – malibu rum, Hpnotiq liqueur, and pineapple which tastes similar to a mai tai but not as strong and with a bit of a coconut flavour to it.
The complimentary ciabatta bread came out served hot and fresh with a crusty exterior and soft interior.
The 3 course dinner menu was $29.95 which was a good deal with fair portion sizes. For my appy, I picked the Caesar Salad… if you like your Caesar salad on the garlicky side, you’ll enjoy this salad.
We also had some mussels to share, the Cozze alla Marinara ($12) is steamed with butter, garlic, white wine, and a touch of tomato sauce. Plump mussels were aplenty in this dish although I wish there was more broth.
The Pollo Piccata had thin slices of tender free run chicken sauteed with butter and lemon sauce.
In a similar style, the Vitello Pizzalola (add $3) had thin slices of veal steak but sautéed in white wine, garlic, capers, and a light spicy tomato sauce. The slices of veal were tender and the capers added a plesant salty finish.
The one problem that I find with Portobello is that they often run out of the desserts that are on their special set menu. We wound up having the Almond Brulée (amaretto liqueur) served with a crisp wafer. At first, it seemed like the amaretto wasn’t very strong but we found that the amaretto must have settled near the bottom of the dish as there were stronger pockets of liqueur in some spoonfuls.
Just like in our last visit to Portobello, we finished off our meal with complimentary sweets made by Rosa. It’s different on each visit but this time around she made up some bourbon balls.
1429 West Broadway