Last Updated on July 7, 2020 by Angie
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Poros closed in May 2018.
When it comes to fine dining in Market Square, we always approach the restaurants with a bit of hesitation. Thankfully, our recent dinner at the Greek-inspired Poros turned out to be an elegant, well-executed seafood and mezze meal. Sure, the prices are on the higher end, but on our visit the quality of the food and service justified them.
Poros is all About Atmosphere
The atmosphere at Poros is sleek and sophisticated- from the open kitchen that runs along the length of the dining room, to the beautiful (and sadly fake) olive tree, to the whole fish on display as you walk in, you just know that your meal is going to be a special experience.
As we settled in and perused the wine menu, we were intrigued by the unique Mediterranean wines on offer. Our waitress was excellent at helping us choose a few glasses by asking us what kind of wine we normally drink and honing in on the characteristics we like. Not only that, she was spot on- we really loved the Lebanese and Macedonian wines she recommended. But if we hadn't, she let us know we could try a few to find just the right one.
Be Prepared to Order a Lot
The food menu is divided into several different sections: seafood, vegetarian, and meat mezze; the “fish market” (whole fish and fish filets); and entrees including pork, beef, and chicken. Naturally we had to go the fish route, but next time we come we'd love to try making a meal out of lots of different mezze as ordering these are all-but necessary to complete your meal.
We started off with the dip trio of hummus, baba ghanoush, and tzatziki served with tender, garlicky housemade pita. The tzatziki was rich and had a citrus touch, the hummus was smooth and creamy, and the baba ghanoush had crunchy pomegranate seeds that gave bursts of tanginess throughout.
For our entrees, we had to choose the type of fish, the size, whether we wanted it whole or as a filet, and how we wanted it cooked (chargrilled, pan seared, or tandoor roasted). We had a tough time deciding at first but our waitress expertly guided us through the differences between lavraki, dorade, sea bass, and more, as well as which cooking methods went best with which fish.
We tried a tandoor roasted whole red snapper as well as a pan seared Chilean sea bass filet. The tandoor fish was smoky and spicy and served with a blood orange yogurt sauce. Our waitress came to our rescue again as she instructed us on the best way to tackle the whole fish. The Chilean sea bass was our favorite dish as the sear was golden and crisp while the interior was supremely tender. The seasoning was a simple olive oil, salt, and pepper to allow the flavor of the fish to shine through. A tangy lime yogurt sauce was served on the side to brighten things up.
For side dishes we ordered perfectly cooked grilled asparagus as well as a dish that consisted of sweet beets surrounding a hunk of salty, creamy fried manouri cheese.
I only wish we could have saved room for dessert as the housemade sorbets and ice creams sounded delicious!
For fine dining downtown, Poros is one of the best options we've discovered so far with amazing service and simple but elegant seafood.
Poros closed in May 2018.
For more restaurants in Market Square, check out Revel and Roost, Pittsburgh Poke, Pizzaiolo Primo, The Yard Pittsburgh, City Works, or The Original Oyster House! Or, for more reviews of Pittsburgh restaurants, click the previous link to be taken to our directory of every review on Discover the Burgh!