Seven years after opening its doors, this rockabilly Argentinean grill continues to captivate Sydneysiders and reel in a full house almost every night of the week. This vibrant tapas diner is home to the most genuinely stylish retro digs in town and an assortment of redefined Latin American dishes paired with the perfect wine to wash it all down. The dry-aged ribeye served with oozing Jerusalem artichokes and the cured tuna with tahini and crostoli will send your tastebuds into overdrive. But vegetarians despair not, a huge array of dishes are meat-free, varying from a sizzling cow’s milk provoleta cheese served with olive tapenade to a housemade ravioli bursting with a caramelised pumpkin. Also make sure you don’t leave this retro flashback without indulging in one of the caramelised milk flans with dulce de leche or the postre balcarce, a pecan, dulce de leche and cream-laden sponge cake straight out of the 50’s. It’s the unique charm, hospitable staff, incredible food and retro feel of Porteño’s that make this restaurant a field day for the food-lover.
50 Holt St, Surry Hills. 8399 1440. porteno.com.au
By Georgia Clark