Weekends are all about indulgence, and there are few things more indulgent than getting together with a group of friends for brunch on a weekend. Following its revamp towards the end of last year, Porterhouse (no longer ‘by Laris’) has just introduced a new weekend brunch offering that might just be one of the best deals in town.
Although not a huge amount has changed with regards to the interior of this popular steakhouse in California Tower, the restaurant somehow feels brighter and more welcoming, with a style that speaks of elegance and class without feeling stuffy or pretentious.
At the helm of the kitchen is now Executive Chef Angelo Vecchio, who has introduced an entirely new menu that focuses not only on grilled meats, but also a wide selection of raw and grilled fresh seafood.
The brunch buffet begins with a beautifully colourful selection of salads, including pasta salad, couscous, grilled vegetables and much more, alongside fresh mozzarella balls, a selection of cold cuts and assorted olives. This alone was an impressive starting point, so it was hard to hold back, knowing this was only the beginning!
The chilled seafood bar was also noteworthy, featuring lobster, crab, oysters, mussels and whelks on ice.
From the carvery station, I was sad not to be able to partake in the beautifully pink roast beef, being pregnant, but my husband said it was excellent. The roast chicken was succulent and tasty, but there wasn’t enough of it, whilst the roast pork, unfortunately, had barely any meat on the bone and the “crackling” was not remotely crackling. I did enjoy the selection of salts and mustards though, particularly the black lava salt and the paprika mustard.
Whilst the cheese board is impressive on its own, what it’s really all about is the raclette! Have a little patience, as you’ll need to wait around five minutes for the wonderfully pungent cheese to bubble up under the heated lamp, but it will be well worth the wait once it is scraped over a bowl full of crispy chips.
If you’re craving something extra after the savoury side of the buffet, you can add on a main course from the a la carte menu. We couldn’t resist trying the Porterhouse beef burger. Despite having to order it medium-well (which, under non-pregnant circumstances, I would never do), the beef was incredibly juicy and delicious, topped with a generous dollop of creamy guacamole, fried onions and smoked cheddar, in a wonderfully fluffy brioche bun. The accompanying chips were also excellent – crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, just as they should be.
We also ordered the French toast, which was as decadent as it gets. The thick-cut, fluffy eggy toast was topped with a whole caramelised mini banana, alongside a thick rasher of smoky bacon and a pot of sticky maple syrup – heaven on a plate.
Although the French toast could have sufficed as dessert, we couldn’t ignore the dessert buffet, particularly the chocolate fountain. Mini portions of chocolate cake, profiteroles and mango pudding were tasty enough, but my favourite was the vanilla bean ice cream drizzled in chocolate from the fountain, although this required a little improvisation involving marshmallows, as there wasn’t an easy way to get the chocolate onto the ice cream!
Porterhouse’s brunch menu is priced at $398 for just the buffet, with add-ons all between $68 and $118, unless you choose the Boston lobster linguini, or one of the ginormous 34oz steaks, which will stretch your wallet a little further! There are also a couple of two-hour free-flow options for $150 or $280, depending if you prefer Prosecco or Champagne and cocktails. Porterhouse’s brunch has something for everyone and is great value for the quality and quantity of food available. Definitely one to recommend.
7/F, California Tower
30-36 D’Aguilar Street
Lan Kwai Fong
Tel: +852 2522 6366