Coincidence can sometimes lead one into the right spot. I have spent a lot of holidays in the Valencian region of Spain (back then, when the world was still nice and kids could peek into the cockpit of an aeroplane...). I do have a very deep affection for spanish food and it goes thus far, that I ask myself, why 'french cuisine' was invented at all. Last week, on my last evening in Melbourne, I walked in. Well, the Murmur Bar carries the famous 'Matso's Beer' range, so it came natural, that on a Monday evening, after drinks, I walked into Portello Rosso. I did expect Italian, to be honest, but what I found was a gem. I haven't had Spanish food in over 20 years and this was, what I remembered it. Nothing fancy, but sophisticated, lovingly prepared fresh dishes, without the 'usual' overkill, that one unfortunately gets in any restaurant nowadays. An eye for detail and flavors, which can only be described as 'authentic as'. Well, pricy? Yes, a little, but if I compare it to my home in Broome, WA, where I pay easily $20 for a shabby, greasy takeaway Fish & Chips.... No, this one I already recommended to friends with the words, that 'just by savouring the menu, I have lost one liter of druel'. Enough said about the kitchen, just to continue with the very friendly and chatty Heather, who served me with a very natural smile. And once there was a minute time, we exchanged experiences of Catalunia, as she lived in the Valencian region for several years. I will go there again, this much is for sure. Thank you Portello Rosso, for a wonderful evening, that I will remember for the rest of my life.
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