Pulpo is the Spanish word for octopus, and A La Gallega is the method of which the Pulpo was served, which was first boiled, and then sprinkled with paprika and salt. Pulpo A La Gallega is a traditional Spanish food. Portello Rosso did the dish with a Galician flair by adding fried chilli, some Spanish onions and leek, with a mouthwatering crispy potato slices. All of that topped in green herbs and house made aioli. The octopus slices weren’t at all plenty, and with us sharing we struggled through having enough slices for ourselves, but the dish itself was magnificent with many flavours combined.
We absolutely love mussels but my experience ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous. Every mussel managed to soak the juices of that chilli, garlicky tomato sauce. Each decadent pieces have proven to taste as fresh as the sea, mussels right out of the waters I would say. The bizarre encounter transpired from my white top getting splashed by the broth. Red spots on my only-worn-twice bodice wasn’t a lovely sight.
The crispy pork belly was beautifully cooked and tasteful, although I am repugnant at the sight of inconsistent cutting, some larger and some more narrow. The first few bites were great, and we all absolutely idolize the way the pork was cooked, in perfect layers of the meaty meaty, spongy fat, and gorgeous pork crackling skin. There was a negative point though, some areas were excruciatingly salty. The underneath almond and garlic puree did manage to mitigate that brutal salt raid.
And for that dish of the day, the award goes to the most tender and delicate meat, the slow braised barbecued sticky lamb ribs! Every bite was delicious, these racks were exemplary that left us feeling moreish. We did not want to waste the bottom broth and I used my bread to dip it with. This was an absolute highlight for the two of us, since the other two didn’t quite like lamb meat. If you love lamb, try this dish as it was truly amazing and you can throw that gamey word out the door.
One of my favourite Spanish foods has always been a glorious paella. Portello Rosso serves a variety, from the seafood that we ordered as pictured above, to the vegetarian, or to other meat selections including quail and chorizo. We couldn’t skip the seafood given the array of different kinds. We had the various classics including shrimps, prawns, mussels and octopus. There was even a bug tail which was pretty unusual to be thrown into a paella. The quality of paella can even be seen through the amount of saffron added giving the paella that rich golden brown colour. We loved how the sweet corn, peas and onions gave the rice a nice sweetness. To order the Paella, a minimum of two people would be needed to make the order, costing each person 33AUD for the seafood option. The portion was rather generous and we shared two portions for the four of us.
Here’s a shout out to Rachel, Happy Birthday once again! You have stuck with me in my Melbourne years and I am more than thankful to have known you. You know I love you babe 🙂
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