From the Hotel Upper Lobby, turn right towards Portofino
Open time: Daily 6-11 pm
Resevation: 0 7637 0100www.lemeridienphuketbeachresort.com
Internationally-awarded restaurant with authentic regional Italian specialities
Portofino Italian Restaurant serves up authentic, yet unique, cuisine from various regions of Italy. Rustic and cosy, the restaurant’s intimate setting is fuelled by classic favourites and full-bodied wines. A highly skilled Italian chef prepares trattoria style dishes which are pleasing to both the eye and the palate.
Table service is seamless at Portofino, and as soon as the sparkling water and wine is served, the Chef steps out of the kitchen to greet us. Upon his recommendations, we choose a variety of items to sample, settle in and enjoy the romantic atmosphere. The starter arrives and it is a light Tuna tartare with a passion fruit vinaigrette and pink pepper corn. The passion fruit vinaigrette really adds a citrusy sweetness to the Tuna tartare, which makes it a delicious start to the evening.
Large dishes of Italian favourites arrive next and include a Homemade lobster tortellini with bisque sauce and a rich, creamy Pumpkin risotto. These two courses truly are delicious. The ingredients are fresh and the flavours hearty and authentic. The tortellini is cooked to perfection while the lobster stuffing is really tender. My dining partner and I are stuffed, but soldier on when the main courses arrive.
A 12-hour braised lamb shoulder served with roasted potato, crispy leek and lamb jus as well as a Duck breast cooked at low temperature served with grilled radicchio, highlands baby carrot and cherry sauce comprise the main course. The meals are beautifully presented and taste fantastic. Each bite is better than the last.
We nibble on assorted chocolates presented by the chef and drink strong espressos to end the evening. Portofino truly is an exceptional dining experience with thoughtful service and delicious food. While there are many Italian restaurants in Phuket, Portofino stands out due to its fresh ingredients, fantastic mix of dishes from the various regions of Italy and simple, scrumptious flavours.
Located inside the Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort, Portofino Italian Restaurant can be found by turning right from the hotel’s Upper Lobby. Open daily from 6:00pm - 11:00pm, a smart casual dress code is strictly enforced. Last order is at 10:30pm, and plenty of parking is available on-site.