Wednesday, 29 January 2014

The Port House

My better half and I went to lunch at The Port House.  This is a Spanish tapas restaurant on South William Street in Dulblin.  It was a chilly day, 4°C (39.2°F) and miserably rainy.  It was nice to get in out of the cold and have a glass of wine.  One of my favorite things to order is spinach salad with warm goats cheese, honey and almonds.  I don't care what Ben Franklin said about beer, I think warm goat cheese drizzled in honey is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.  Yum!  The restaurant is basically a wine cellar, made with old Dublin brick and limestone blocks.  Cast terracotta blocks from another century are stacked like bookshelves against the walls, holding dusty bottles of wine. Candles flicker on tables.  The atmosphere is electric with noisy talk and clinking glasses.  The tapas menu is a bit like dim-sum where you order small plates; they are meant to be shared, like hors d'oeuvres.  It's a fun way to enjoy a meal.

Outside, the orange heat lamps beckon you to come inside...

 Inside, it's a bit dark and mysterious

The bar with a multitude of Rioja

Patatas Bravas - deep fried cubes of potatoes with fiery tomato sauce

Ensalada de Queso de Cabra con Miel
spinach with grilled soft goats cheese, tomato, almonds, mustard & honey dressing.  Proof that God loves us.

Chanquetes - deep fried whitebait. OMG these are SO good!

Guindillas - Riojan chilis, grilled