Portofina has a great location in Quebec City but thats about the best thing about this restaurant. I went with my girlfriend on a Saturday night. We decided to eat at Portofino because it was absolutely packed with customers, and the menu looked like it had some nice options.
We started by ordering the three-color salad to start things off....... and order which our waiter conveniently changed to a more expensive salad with duck meat "I had to change your order, I know you will like this" was his comment. Fine. The salad came and it was ok howeve rit was slightly salty, I found myself wishing that we had gotten the cheaper salad, that I actually ordered.
For dinner, I ordered a shrimp pasta dish with arugula. For $28 I was expecting a nice dish. What I received was worse than any olive garden meal I have ever had. The $28 shrimp dish had ONE shrimp on the plate, with about 12 baby (literally smaller than the size of a pea) shrimp. I had to pause several times to ask if I had actually ordered a soup because there was about 2 inches of pure butter that had settled at the bottom of my plate. Additionally the plate was underseasoned, and bland. There was so much butter in my dish and my girlfriends dish, that we ended up feeling sick to our stomachs after the meal.
The prices at this restaurant simply do NOT justify eating here. Our dinner came to $160 (with tip) and I found myself thinking that I have had much better meals at cheap chain italian restaurants in the US that were not only 3 times better, but also half the price. I will absolutely never go here again.
The one thing I admire about this restaurant is the owner, because he has quite a sham of a business going.
Step 1: charge $25+ for pasta dishes
Step 2: Cheap out by reducing quality ingredients and replace them with butter.
Step 3: Laugh all the way to the bank
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