Portuguese-inspired small plates and a menu that really delivers. Porta might be another tapas place – but this one is a smash hit serving excellent food and fine wines. Typical dishes include deep fried goats cheese, dripping in local honey with slivers of fresh orange and the most unctuous, sticky ox cheek, perfectly paired with pickled walnuts and lightly toasted cumin seeds. Tuck into secreto Iberico with mojo verde, jamon croquetas while desserts could include pastel de nata (Lisbon’s famous, tiny custard tarts) or a decadent chocolate mousse. A menu of sherries, fine wines and beers, complements the dark-hued décor; think back-street Madrid with a sun-kissed afternoon stretching ahead of you. Owners are the team behind Michelin Bib Gourmand winner Joseph Benjamin in Chester (where the original branch of Porta is located) and they’re opening a new one in Salford in October 2018. A leading option in food-focused Altrincham.
- Good for vegetarians