There is an annual discussion about the best places to eat in Porto in order to structure the year’s guide. Then the Time Out critics face the hardest choice of them all: the year’s top five.
It is not just about the food; we think about the service, the atmosphere, the experience. These are the places that have it all. Do yourself a favour and book a table at one (or all) of them. We are sure, you will not regret it!
Adega São Nicolau
We do not hold back about the stuff we love, and when it comes to Adega São Nicolau, we love everything. There is a menu full of great dishes – chicken bordelaise, octopus fillets with rice, or the perfect appetiser, cod cakes.
Then there are the desserts (all homemade) or the outdoor tables, overlooking the Douro river. Then there is a great service – António Coelho has been doing this since he was 11 (in a legally okay way, we are sure).
This Foz restaurant has survived for more than 20 years, so it probably deserves a statue or something. Its reputation is based on classics like duck magret or the wellington tournedos, both signature dishes of chef Camilo Jaña. The menu also includes steak and eggs, plus some creative starters such as tuna tartar with avocado and spicy radish mayo.
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We do not often dish out five-star reviews, but O Paparico really earned one. It is a paean to Portuguese cuisine, with creative use of produce that cries out for the tasting menu.
The experience is organised into five courses, involving more than ten different plates, such as lobster rissoles with fish roe, Setúbal-style red mullet or veal with quince. Save room for dessert.
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