Portico a restaurant located in the middle of concrete jungle of Singapore Power compound and surrounded itself with edible herb and vegetable garden. Headed by Chef Nixon Low, who has extensive resume working in Shangri-La Hotel, Restaurant Andre and Saint Pierre.
|Part of Indoor Seating Area|
The menu in Portico are constructed using the freshest seasonal ingredients in collaboration with Singapore local producers, to complement their Modern European Cooking Technique with local flairs.
Other than dining, Portico also organise activities every Saturday afternoon with the purpose to build a closer relationship between the diners with the food through sharing and demo by Chef Nixon. Or others like Latte Art Demo Class, Plating demo of Signature tomato salad and Carl Pollenation Honey Talk.
|Outdoor Seating Area|
Thanks to the experienced Barista, I had manage to try my hands in latte art. I basically got a brief hands on experience from grinding, tamping, making the espresso, frothing the milk and trying my hand on the latte art on my latte. Though the latte art was not very successful, I get to try my own cuppa using Illy coffee beans.
|Latte Art Lesson by Portico Barista|
Next was Plating demonstration by Executive Chef Nixon Low. Chef Nixon explain and show us the steps and preparation work in creating Portico Salad of vine-ripened tomatoes. For example the rock melon preparation to maintain the consistent sweetness, or how to check if the tomatoes are ripened. The effort that goes into a simple salad is just amazing.
|Ingredients for Plating|
|Plating Demonstration by Executive Chef Nixon Low|
Well of course the best part was I manage to eat what I plated. he..he..
|My plating - a bit to dense though|
For the finale, we listen to a brief Bee education by Carl, one of the founder of Pollen Nation. We also got to sample different type of honeys, including the limited edition and most expensive one that came from the bees they relocated from Sentosa Cove.
|Bee Talk by Carl from Pollen Nation|
|Some of the honey that we sampled|
Overall, it was indeed an interesting experience. We get a more in-depth knowledge on how the food and drinks are prepared, including other aspects related to food. Every month, Portico will change its activities and best of all it is free of charge. So if you are looking for something to do on Saturday afternoon, drop by at Portico. Please contact them directly for registration as space are limited.
Thanks to OpenRice and Portico for the invitation.