t’s said that there is no sincerer love than the love of food. Having taken this quote to the next level, I now ‘believe’ that I am in a relationship with food. My weekdays (after work hours of course, ahem) pass by in pondering over eateries to explore… and weekends in executing the same.
And one such weekend, I decided to pay a visit to Bangalore’s (one of the) oldest steakhouse – Portland Steakhouse.
Some experiences give you a sense of judgement and this was surely one of those! Wondering how?
Have you ever wondered what makes a restaurant ‘visit worthy’ … or … rather ‘revisit worthy’?
Quality of food?
All of the above?
If you’ve picked “All of the above” in your head, then who are you really kidding?
It’s ALWAYS the food that we go back to.
What disappoints me is, some of these veterans from the food industry fail to realise that! Working on ambience and service is great, but your food gotta be the show stealer.
Food is no longer a need- it’s a want! It’s an art that people go to for indulgence.
A beautifully set-up place with an immaculate backdrop peppered with some snazzy crowd should just NOT go wrong with food.! Portland Steakhouse is a chophouse that specializes in cuts of various forms of meat that sound overly delectable on the menu but are quite a failure when brought on the table.
A perfect steak asks for just the right amount of broiling followed by some whole hearted seasoning; both of which lacked not in one but all the three steaks my folks and I ordered.
What dispirited me further was the dessert that instead of being a a dull meal savior, shooed us away with (more than) a pinch of salt.
(pun very much intended)
The only happy take away from this meal was the hot chocolate wine that I tried for my absolute love for hot chocolate which seemed alright as I had nothing to compare it to.
I was honestly quite amused to have found it on the menu!
No matter where we are- what makes a ‘restaurant’ solely amazing is this four-letter wonder (that I live for 😉 )
F O O D.
WTS- What’s with the steaks?
A typical steak dinner in the U.S comes with baked potatoes, rice/pasta and beans as accompaniments. In the U.K on the hand, chips (of course!!!), fried mushrooms and friend tomatoes escort the meaty treat.
Unlike U.S & U.K, Italy & France balance the carnivorous option with a herbivores pick- salads & beans.
Things to ask your waiter at the steakhouse:
#1 “Is the meat dry-aged?”
#2 “Hope my steak has NOT been served fresh from the pan/grill?”
#3 “Who’s the butcher (‘cos it’s all about the cut).”
Michael Jordan’s love for steaks inspired him to open his own Steakhouse in Chicago, IL,U.S.