SGM Reviews: Full Steam Ahead to Port of Call!
By Amy Nicholls from the North East Eats blog. Read her previous reviews of: Chilli Mangoes, The Palm’s Liberty Brown, Bellinis Seaburn, 808 Bar and Kitchen and Mexico 70,
Seeking shelter from the wild winds of storm Dudley, we decided to visit Port of Call for some hearty pre-theatre food right in the middle of the city centre.
With the storm raging outside, Port of Call is a welcoming, modern restaurant/bar that, despite the weather, was full of families and friends braving the cold to enjoy a lovely meal and some drinks.
We only had an hour before we had to be at the theatre, and Port of Call is the perfect spot for some quick, fresh food. We were greeted promptly as we entered the restaurant and the waitress was polite and attentive. Our order was taken quickly and with a plethora of choice for both food and drinks, there is sure to be something for all.
The menu is full of feel good food, ranging from wraps and flatbreads, special sandwiches, loaded fries and burgers. They also do an ‘Express Menu’ of about four dishes that change regularly, so you know there will always be something new to try with every visit. We opted for the loaded halloumi nachos and the special Ndjua burger and these dishes were more than enough to fill two hungry foodies.
The halloumi nachos were covered with salsa, jalapeños and what tasted like homemade sour cream and guacamole, leaving no sad, dry nachos in sight. The halloumi was of good quality and you are given an incredibly generous portion so this dish is perfect for any halloumi lovers.
Ndjua is a growing trend at the moment and this luxurious, spreadable Italian sausage is deliciously rich and, as a favourite of mine, the Ndjua burger on the express menu was a no brainier.
The burger arrived and, once again, the portion size was what you would expect from a hearty restaurant. Sometimes restaurants prioritise quantity over quality; however, the burger and accompaniments were clearly freshly made. The super soft brioche bun was topped with the Ndjua paste and a homemade caramelised onion chutney, which were then filled with two homemade patties, topped with mozzarella and rocket. The burger was deliciously rich and served with a fresh coleslaw and dusted fries and I enjoyed every mouthful.
Port of Call’s menu demonstrates that this restaurant is catering for all appetites and you know what you will be getting when you visit. If you want quick service, big portions of delicious food and a friendly, clean, modern vibe then this restaurant is the place to go.