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PORTERS ENGLISH RESTAURANT
LONDON, ENGLAND

This wonderful little gem is located in the Covent Garden area.  It's a place that draws big crowds so be sure to secure a reservation during prime dining time.

I'm told that Porters is very popular with both Londoners and visitors.  I like the fact that it's open non-stop from lunch through the late dinner hour and it's truly an English restaurant.

At first we thought this place was pretty compact with just a handful of tables tightly bunched together on a couple of levels upstairs.  But when my wife went downstairs to powder her nose, she discovered a lot more tables down there.  So it has a lot more capacity than you might think by just checking out the main floor.

The menu is quite ambitious at this restaurant and after careful consideration, we both wound up selecting pies for our main courses. But first the appetizers or "starters" as they are known in Europe.  I started out with a smoked mackerel and chive parfait.  It was a smoked fish spread and came with a piece of bread.  It was delightful although the portion size was kind of small.

For my main meal I went with the "luxury fish pie with salmon and prawns."  It was really quite nice.  Creamy and cheesy with a small crust.  As with the starter, however, there wasn't a lot of food.  My wife chose a lamb and apricot pie and her dish offered a better serving.  We didn't order any extras with our meals and they came with a choice of potato or a salad.  We went with the small salads.

We both agreed that the food was very good here but it wouldn't suit a hungry person!  So if you have a big appetite, be sure to order a good size starter and get some potatoes to go with your meal!

For more information on Porters and directions, they have a nice web site here.

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