Huge portions of American-style food in Abu Dhabi 1 Reviews
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Despite being a little on the confused side as to whether it is an English pub (red telephone box and Britannia touches dotted about) or a classic American bar (illustrations and pictures of jazz and blues musicians) Porter’s is a busy, bustling and welcoming establishment with a wide selection of beverages and a noisy but friendly air. We grabbed a table and settled down to see what delights the menu could offer.
The menu itself is a pretty standard affair with all the usual suspects: burgers, salads, jumbo hot dogs, bangers and mash, steaks and so on. Would you have it any other way though? Probably not. What you really want from a menu of this nature is value for money and something filling enough to set you up for the rest of the evening, and in that sense Porter’s delivers on all fronts. If you want to branch out and try something different there’s a host of ‘meals of the day’ on offer including curries, pies and soups. Eager to dig in we placed our order with our friendly waitress who was quick to inform us we’d probably ordered far too much food. Be warned: the Porter’s portions are huge. On the advice of our waitress we settled on the Philadelphia cheese steak, chicken quesadilla and a portion of garlic and parsley fries.
The chicken quesadilla was delicious. Four wedges of grilled tortilla, neatly packed with sliced chicken and veg along with a very generous helping of sour cream, home-made salsa, guacamole and lettuce was exactly what we needed. The quesadilla itself was crunchy without being overdone, the chicken was succulent and the accompanying garnishes were fresh and filling.
If not done right this is a dish that can so easily be bland, lack bite and be a monumental disappointment. Not this time though as the plate was overflowing with extra jalapeno peppers and the salsa and guacamole had the texture and flavour to suggest that a lot of loving care was involved in their creation. It’s hard to believe the quesadilla was part of the appetiser menu given the gargantuan plate that was delivered. Again, be careful with what you order because you can easily go too far. Even the fries were a triumph. They arrived in a huge cone stuffed full of piping hot fried potatoes. The garlic sauce wasn’t overpowering and the parsley was actually a really nice touch that greatly added to the flavour.
For our other main we decided to share the Philadelphia cheese steak, which was served on a huge soft baguette with fries, tender juicy steak, mushrooms and onions. Oh, and cheese, lots and lots of cheese. Crucially the strips of beef were juicy and moist and just the right side of salty.
As we reclined with full bellies, we took in some of the sport being shown on the numerous screens before the live band struck up with classic rock and pop tunes. It wasn’t long before the dancefloor filled up with punters eager to have a good time. We, on the other hand, decided to call it a night but Porter’s is definitely somewhere we’d be happy to call in on again anytime.
The bill (for two)
Chicken quesadilla Dhs49
Philadelphia cheese steak Dhs55
Garlic fries Dhs29
Total (excluding service) Dhs133
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