Great food is one of Porto’s strongest points and, alongside the more traditional dishes, contemporary cuisine has begun to find a new home in the city’s restaurants.
There are numerous unforgettable places in the city, and its various delicacies will give you another reason to return to Porto. If you are looking for seafood, then Matosinhos is the place to be! Located on the seafront, here you will find typical “tasca” restaurants, as well as cosmopolitan establishments where fish reigns supreme.
From Ribeira, head towards Foz do Porto using the the tram that travels alongside the river. Arriving at the Douro Estuary, you will find numerous modern restaurants. Stroll along the oldest streets and you will come across the restaurant Pedro Lemos, a 19th century house that has been refurbished and converted into a cosy and inviting space. The chef likes to recreate traditional Portuguese dishes as part of a menu that changes according to the season. On the picturesque terrace there is even a small, sloped vegetable garden, inspired by the Douro landscape, where many of the products used in the restaurant’s kitchen are grown.
On Avenida da Boavista, try Salsa & Loureiro, where head chef, Hélio Loureiro, reinvents Portuguese cuisine with creativity and an added sprinkling of luxury. The chef, who has worked with Portugal’s national football team for many years, serves everything from rojões à moda do Minho accompanied by papas de sarrabulho to tripas à moda do Porto, by way of traditional Portuguese stew or oven-roasted lamb served with rice and saffron.
Located near to the Palácio da Bolsa is “DOP”, the restaurant belonging to the chef, Rui Paula, who masterfully works with all types of dishes, applying his unique interpretation of classic Portuguese dishes, such as balcahau com broa (breaded cod), polvo à lagareiro (octopus in olive oil), cachaço de porco bísaro (pork neck) and cabritinho (lamb). If you still cannot decide what to eat, then a good option is one of the tasting menus.
Contemporary restaurants are also prevalent in Gaia. Crossing the D. Luís I Bridge, head to Cais de Gaia (Gaia Quay) and up the hill to The Yeatman Hotel where you will have the chance to enjoy the only Michelin star restaurant in northern Portugal. Under the direction of head chef, Ricardo Costa, this is the country’s first wine hotel where, every Thursday, there are wine dinners with menus created to accompany a selection of wines from the hotel’s partners. This young chef, who works with a wide range of dishes in an original and exciting way, likes to put a new spin on traditional Portuguese cuisine while giving precedence to the freshest ingredients.
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