What is a visit to the movies without a quick meal at your local La Porchetta? I have reviewed a few places now, but have neglected one of my favourite places to dine when my pocket book is feeling a little light. So when I went to see Harry Potter at the cinema I thought I would visit this old friend, the La Porchetta Restaurant.
Now, I am a creature of habit. And I am not kidding, I usually find one meal I love and stick to it like a limpet to a beach rock. Well in La Porchetta there’s two mains that I eat non stop. Admittedly they are essentially one variation on the same main… but hey, I’m trying.
The first of my eating splendors, is Pollo E Avocado Gnocchi. Now, as a lactose intolerant I realise that this minor addiction may kill me, but it is so worth it! Chicken and avocado in a creamy, cheesy sauce on my favourite pasta of all time… YUM!
This meal is delicious! The sauce is mildly flavoured, but in a way that compliments the large chicken pieces and the avocado and add this to the soft, delicate gnocchi balls… heaven! And for $14 for an entree sized meal (which still leaves me full) you cannot go wrong!
The second dish I am known to favour is the Pollo e Funghi Gnocchi. That’s right, The only difference that is obviously apparent is the substitution of mushrooms for avocado. However, looks can be and oftentimes are deceiving. The sauce in this dish is a fair bit richer than my other favorite, and for once, I can say that the mushrooms add to the dish rather than detract from it. And again, $14 for the entree size you cannot go wrong.
So, now that you are thinking that there is a pattern to my eating habits, allow me to amaze and shock you! There is another thing I have been known to eat, though admittedly nowhere near as often as I eat my signature dishes.
I am speaking, of course, about the seafood basket. Unfortunately, on my trip to see Harry Potter, I did not order this. However, my dad did and being the wonderful daughter that I am I ate half of it anyway.
Scallops, fish sticks, calamari, prawns, chips, tartaire sauce…can you go wrong? Well apparently you can. Crumbed… the travesty! I am a firm advocate for deep fried, battered and oily (you know, all healthy food groups). So having all of my seafood basket crumbed threw me for a loop. Admittedly, once I was over the shock I was able to enjoy my (dad’s) meal.
The calamari wasn’t too chewy, the fish was fish like and who doesn’t love a crabstick or two? And I love scallops no matter how they are presented so in the long run, It was a winner with me. (But if you haven’t noticed I’ve yet to give a really bad review…)
- Located near the cinema (usually)
- Quick, so you get to the movies on time
- Bread crumbs on their seafood basket… I mean… It just goes against nature!
- The irritating jingle on their television advertisements
- They make some strong cocktails (I’m really scraping the barrel for negatives here
So if you are looking for a place to eat at quickly that doesn’t come in a wrapper with golden arches on it, go to La Porchetta and try the pasta selections. Oh, and the pizza is good too! 4.5/5 glasses of water.