Sat morning and feeling like a nice juicy steak?. So we booked Porter House in Columbus Circle in NYC.
The restaurant, which is located at the top of the Time Warner Centre was conveniently located and had nice views, shame about the weather + our specific seats, which were tucked to the far left of the restaurant.
Wouldn’t it be logical that restaurants with such views should make it their priority to angle and position the seating with views? Well, maybe not!
We ordered two virgin strawberry mojitos, which seemed something you could pick up from McDonalds. Watered down and hardly could taste any strawberry, but some residue of the pulps.
Anyway, we looked through the menu and it was clear that our main was going to be the “Porterhouse Carved for two”. As we went through the choices on the menu we chewed down on the bread, which was served of 3 selections; white French (awful), sourdough (nothing special) and the pecan bread (by far the best). After debating, for starters we hesitantly selected the Scallops and Steak tartare – when they arrived (pretty quickly) we were pleasantly surprised by the presentation and most importantly the taste. The scallops were just perfect, in terms of garnishing and how well it was cooked.
The Steak Tartare on the other hand, was nothing special to mention.
As we knew what our entrée would be (porterhouse steak medium rear) we had 1 more tough decision remaining, the sides! So after few minutes of deliberation we went for the truffle mash potato and onion rings.
As the mains arrived the food wasn’t your fine dining experience, however, the Porter house looked superb, but I must say I was disappointed in their interpretation of medium rear, looked and after taste was defiantly more on the rear side! Onion rings, were nothing, but just a total disappointment, as the onions tasted undercooked and tasteless. (They had no flavour at all). The truffle mash potato was the only dish that my wife enjoyed along with the scallops, in terms of flavours, smell and texture. These two dishes is truly a show stopper amongst the other dishes we had ordered. The size portions were relatively good, i.e one side dish could easily be shared among 2-3 people.
Our final course was the “Cheesecake” with blueberries, which was absolutely a let down by the pastry chef. Nothing more than ready-made store desert, which could be picked up from any grocery stores on your way home.
A final note, the service or the lack of organization by the waiters were just too obvious not to be missed through our dining experience. Had the wrong food turned up 2 out of 3 courses. How was this even possible? As well as someone else’s bill, which was later rectified by the head waiter, as we spotted the big mistake.
Overall, all in all this is a “good” place to eat just to taste the steak or have it ticked off your “must visit” list, but nothing worth going back to-especially if they are getting the basics wrong.