Raffles reviews // Porteño, Surry Hills

pig cooking at Porteno“Argentina is in South America. Porteño is in Surry Hills which is not in South America, it’s in Sydney but it is still Argentinean because that’s the food they make. And it’s really, really cool.

I liked Porteño as soon as we arrived because it’s big and comfortable and they played rock music which I love and everyone just seemed to be really happy. Plus there is a cow chair which I wish we had at home.

There’s a fire pit at the restaurant where they cook all the meat and I could see the guys making the food. They all had loads of tattoos which were awesome.

They looked like rock stars and I think they might actually be the coolest chefs in the whole world.

We ordered loads of food. Dad and I arm wrestled over what to order and I won!

Agreeing on the menu with arm wrestling

The pork pate was smooth and soft and so good that I almost face-planted in it. And I made mum order me more. My baby sister liked it too.

The chorizo was the best I have ever tasted. And I’ve tasted a lot. It was so good that if you didn’t like it there would have to be something wrong with you. I wasn’t so sure about the morcilla (blood sausage) but mum and dad liked it so much that I thought they were going to give it a cuddle.


We had the pork (8 hour wood-fired) which was delicious – it was even better than my dad’s pork chops but don’t tell him I said that.

8 hour pig at porteno

They had a lot of vegetables too… the cheesy corn was really yummy but I didn’t get to try the crispy fried Brussel sprouts because mama ate them all. But that’s ok because it was her birthday.

We finished dinner with an Argentinean Pavlova with a candle in it and we helped mama blow it out because she’s getting a bit old.

Argentenian pavlova at Porteno

I think Porteño rocked… and I think my mama rocks too.”

mummy &  me at Porteno

Reviewed by Raffles – aged 5 and 3/4.

358 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2000

PH: (02) 8399 1440

12 Comments on Raffles reviews // Porteño, Surry Hills

  1. Karen Gould
    February 8, 2014 at 5:56 pm (10 years ago)

    Very informative Raff. I think I would have liked the chorizo. Nothing wrong over here.

  2. hotlyspiced
    February 9, 2014 at 8:09 am (10 years ago)

    Surry Hills has such great restaurants. I’ve seen a few of these South American restaurants popping up. Like you say, they always have a very lively vibe. I love the look of the fire pit and the slow-cooked pork sounds amazing. I’ll try this place but I’ll arrive in a cab because finding a parking space in Surry Hills does my head in xx

      February 12, 2014 at 9:21 pm (10 years ago)

      It’s worth going early for the first sitting. But it is worth the cab fare. 🙂

  3. Cybele Masterman
    February 9, 2014 at 9:58 am (10 years ago)

    Geez, I love Porteno! I’m still dreaming about Elvis’s pulled pork. Thank you for taking me back, team x
    Cybele @ BlahBlah

      February 12, 2014 at 9:22 pm (10 years ago)

      Raffles says thanks Lorraine 🙂

  4. Annie
    February 10, 2014 at 9:40 pm (10 years ago)

    That pork! Wow. Thanks for sharing, Raffles

  5. Cooker and a Looker
    February 11, 2014 at 4:49 pm (10 years ago)

    Raffles, I love these reviews. I’m tempted to agree with your assessment of your mama too. Nice work mate!

    February 12, 2014 at 9:23 pm (10 years ago)

    I like writing them but I especially like eating the food


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Hey, I’m Aleney! A mum, award-winning travel writer, magazine editor and gallivanting glutton. He’s Raff, the “boy” in boyeatsworld, and a fearless foodie, adventurer and eco-warrior. Along with his all-singing, all-dancing, all-adventurous sister, Sugarpuff, we’re exploring the world’s colour, culture and cuisine on a food safari for the junior set.

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