Just down the road from Ikea (Alexandra), there’s a low-key cafe that is hidden out of sight, right opposite The Arc. Portico offers al fresco dining, and is often booked for special occasions like weddings receptions. A cosy dining concept perfect for brunch with friends.
– Gail & Jem
Pulau Ubin Sea Bass Fish & Chips – $26
G & J: The fish was very fresh, and the batter light and fluffy. Best part? It comes with – the crowd favourite – crispy curly fries. The side of apple & fennel coleslaw cleared the palette and allowed for more appetite.
Seasonal Seafood Capelini Aglio Olio – $28G & J: Though the crunchy garlic chips were unique, the overall taste of this dish bordered on adventurous and flippant. There were too many things going on at the same time: seafood, crispy shrimps, and aglio olio. There was quite a quantity of olive oil residue at the bottom of the bowl, which made the spaghetti feel damp and heavy.
Confit of Chicken – $27G & J: The maple-scented sweet potato puree was very refreshing indeed, with the unique combination of braised cabbage and spiced chicken jus. The chicken was also cooked tenderly on the inside and retained a crispy golden brown exterior. If only portioning is bigger!
Wild Mushroom Risotto – $26G & J: This was highly raved, and it did not disappoint. Neither of us particularly liked risotto, but this one made us take one spoonful after another. The mushroom ragout was impressive, but the tempura enoki mushrooms stole the show. There’s an option to add black truffle for $8.
Ice-cream Sundae – $11G & J: An eye-catching dessert that showed a lot of promise. We had a choice of two sorbets, and the garnishes included meringue bits, chantilly cream, fresh berries, nutella sauce and petals from flowers and plants freshly-plucked and grown by Portico themselves. Check out the pots of colourful plants at the entrance! We highly recommend the coconut sorbet, which had bits of coconut chunks in it.
Overall, a slightly pricey cafe, but the food makes up for the hefty price tags. Definitely a place we will visit again.
991B Alexandra Rd,
Opening hours: Mon – Sat 11.30am – 3pm, 5.30pm – 11.30pm.
Closed on Sundays.
* If you’re driving, look out for the 991 block entrance directly opposite The Arc to turn in.
Average cost per pax: $30-$40
What you should order: Wild Mushroom Risotto