It is a common misconception that pub food is all about burgers, steaks and a lot of potato fries. Yes it is agreeable that a pub may not be the apt “dining” experience that one would look out for. However, on those nights that demand a chilled glass of brew and the weekend laughs with friends, Porters has something promising. Located on the ground floor of the Grand Millenium, Al Wadha in Abu Dhabi, this dim-lit pub bursts with excitement. Entering the venue does require a bit of “scaling?” steps that take you underground, but that’ s only to create an appetite. Lined with photographs of various music icons along the wall, this place definitely gives you that “pub feel”.
On the night we were invited to dine, Porters was running a “Brisket Meat” promotion. By all means, you know I definitely wanted this on the order! There’s something about brisket meat that is extremely promising. Slow cooked, melt in the mouth, flavorful with BBQ sauce and caramelized onions. Oh yes! Let’s get on with it, shall we?
Apart from the Brisket Meat Promotion, Porters also has an “Open-Quiz” night that day. Well, I can say for certain that my guest and I did have fights that night on where we would sit (close to the stage or away) – maybe because I prioritized food over entertainment? Perhaps.
Sitting down with a look at the menu, we were greeting by a Virgin Pina Colada. Well, I was driving that night.
The menu did look promising. With classics like a Lamb Stew, Pies and Burgers, my eyes fell on something from the Promotion. Brisket was the only way to go (for me).
Placing our orders and soaking up the pub’s atmosphere, we were greeted by the dishes one by one. Honestly, wait time wasn’t that long – and we did have a good time to couple “conversations and drinks”
First up to try was the Fish n Chips with Mushy Peas and Tartar Sauce. With a crispy batter on the outside, this cod fillet was absolutely beautiful. Moist and juicy on the inside, I honestly couldn’t ask for a better version of this dish. While yes, I did hope that the fries were hand-cut/homemade, I personally thought that for Pub food, this dish definitely passed the checklist!
Homemade pies are done slightly differently at Porters. While the essence of the pie is present (the pie and the stuffing), this dish was quite…interesting! The pie itself sits on top of the stuffing and the shortcrust is absolutely crisp. While on its own is quite dry to eat, diners are encouraged to break it into pieces and take a big spoon with the “filling”. The chicken and leek version was absolutely creamy and flavorful. While the pieced of chicken itself were moist and tender (and not dry at all), the pie itself gave it this interesting “Yorkshire Pudding” accompaniment to what some might call a regular Thai Chicken Curry.
Bringing on the bad boy of the night, i was served this succulent cut of Brisket on a very rustic wooden platter. The meat was (oh my God), absolutely moist and juicy. Ordering this particular dish is like saying yes (wholeheartedly) to the wonders of slow-cooked meat! Delicately served on a bed of Rocket Leaves, and topped with BBQ caramelized onions, served alongside with fries, spicy beans and a coleslaw, this dish was everything you needed after a tiring day of work. The meat? Well it was absolutely gorgeous! Comfort food is definitely made up of this! (Especially with a crack of fresh ground pepper)
I must say that my guest did win the round of selecting the desert for the night. While she right, a warm (and cute) bowl of Apple Crumble was definitely what was needed after a (quite) heavy meal! Served warm in a (cast-iron) cocotte, this desert was the right way to leave things on a sweet note. Featuring a soft and mushy apple filling, topped with a crispy, buttery crumble, this warm desert is perfect to share!
However (I must say), my next visit to Porters will definitely make me want to try out famous Porters Burger, the Braised Lamb Shanks and the Sticky Toffee Pudding!
I do strongly think that Porters is definitely a perfect place to unwind after the “hard work’s week”, especially with their list of events they have on a daily basis. With a live band on the weekends, you cannot go wrong!
For more information on Porter’s Pub, check out the following link –> https://www.millenniumhotels.com/en/abu-dhabi/grand-millennium-al-wahda/porters-english-pub/