Freelance writer, mum of two who loves living in sunny Perth.
Published April 30th 2012
Portofinos Restaurant, which used to be located at Hillarys Beach Harbour, now locates itself next door to its offshoot, Portofinos Cafe. The Restaurant caters for a broader clientele than the cafe with its later opening hours suiting more of the dinner crowd.
Benefitting from the same beautiful ocean vantage point as its sister cafe next door, the restaurant has made better use of this vista by also building a balcony beer garden area. This is the perfect space for relaxing over a large glass of chilled white wine on a balmy Summer's evening overlooking a sunset on the Indian Ocean. On Sunday afternoons the restaurant organises live music in the balcony area and this is a real hit.
The restaurant itself is a large area that also lends itself as a function centre. If you go early enough in the evening, booking doesn't appear essential, but I would consider booking ahead if you want a window seat. The dinner menu is much broader than that offered within the cafe, and certainly a step upmarket. Think rack of lamb, pan seared salmon and porcini dusted chicken breast and you'll be closer to the mark.
My favourite of all the items, is the beef fillet. Priced at $39 it's almost the most expensive of all the main meals, but it is just beautiful. Cooked to perfection and nestled in the richest of red wine port glazes, every morsel will have you salivating. Desserts at the restaurants have achieved so much more than what the cafe offers (although you will see some cross over), particularly notable successes are the tiramisu ($12) and the creme brulee ($12).
Wait staff are attentive and friendly, although you will notice a dip in service when the restaurant is at capacity. Understandable though.
High chairs are available, and we have taken our guy along but kept this family experience to much earlier in the evening so not to spoil the romantic atmosphere for other restaurant goers. The children's menu is identical to its sister cafe next door, so expect fish and chips, chicken nuggets, spagetti bolognese or lasagna (all $12) - my money is on the lasagna every time. Disappointing to see such a lack of imagination with the children's menu when they succeed in so many other areas.
Great Deals on Offer The restaurant offers some great deals for its varied clientiele. Wednesday Night: Half price pasta Thursday Night: All wood fired pizzas are half price Friday Night: Happy hour with $5 pints between 5.30-6.30pm Sunday Arvo: Happy hour with $5 pints between 5.30-6.30pm
View of the ocean from the window(it's normally sunny)