Rock-climbing, off-roading and a visit to a Roman gold mine (from Porto)

My Greenway Tours, run by Eduardo Mata together with a business associate, and which, on Tripadvisor, ranks #21 out of 133 tours to do in Porto (the other ones mainly being about food/wine, or tours of the town), invited BSqB to come with them on a one-day outdoor adventure tour while I was visiting Porto (Portugal) last week. My wife, who is writing this blog with me, only joined the following day, so I was accompanied by an old German friend of mine, who spent the whole week with me as my fellow blogger and as part of our customary boyz-only annual celebration of madness. I grew up in a small town at the doorstep of the Bavarian Alps and have done my fair share of outdoor adventures in the mountains, but this was an absolute blast! Eduardo also grew up in the mountains, and clearly was more serious about […]

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Cunha Restaurant, Porto

Confeitaria Cunha opened on 31 March 1906 as a patisserie. In the 70s it moved to its current location, the art deco “Emporium Building,” designed in 1939. Later on, architect Victor Palla found his inspiration in the Midwest U.S. diners of the 50ies and 60ies, when he designed the interior of the restaurant, which is serving delicious wholesome meaty dishes for reasonable prices.    One of our tourguides, a self-confessed meat maniac, had recommended the veal steak (‘Meio Bife de Vitela’) for €15 to us, and thank heavens he did. Veal can be a tricky meat to cook as a steak and – where I come from – no one ever attempts to do so, we either have it as Viennese schnitzel or in dishes such as Zürcher Geschnetzeltes (tiny little strips of veal in creamy sauce). Tip to the hat to Cunha for having managed to cook up a […]

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Tapabento Trindade – Porto’s #1 Restaurant

Depending on which source you consult, Tapabento Trindade usually ranks #1 or somewhere between #2 and #5 of all Porto restaurants. It is the second opening of the owners of the original Tapabento tapas restaurant which we had visited just a few days earlier and which had impressed us with their delicious seafood and beef carpaccio. We came with extremely high expectations. Like at nearly all restaurants we visited in this Portuguese seaside town, the staff immediately made us feel welcome and somehow managed to squeeze us in without prior reservation. We ordered Rodovalho Manteiga for €24 (turbot) and Eryngii (king oyster) mushrooms for €19. The presentation was professional like in a top London or Paris restaurant, and we certainly couldn’t say anything bad about the food. However, the taste was not very strong. We also felt that some of the combinations of ingredients were a bit far-fetched and seemed […]

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Restaurante Celta Endovelico, Porto

Celta Endovelico drew our attention through its proximity to our hotel, its excellent Tripadvisor rating (#10 of 1,427 Restaurants in Porto), and the very reasonable prices. It plays on the Celtic/Gaelic theme and offers a variety of tapas dishes ranging from meaty calorie bombs (I tried to order three tapas after a day of hiking without much food, and was asked to stick with the recommended maximum of two tapas for the time being and then see if I want to order more, which is normally a very good sign; they don’t want their food to go to waste or their customers to spend more than they need to) to smaller side dishes.    I ordered delicious pork rolls in rich sauce accompanied by patatas bravas, and then later a portion of Padrón peppers, prepared in the traditional Spanish style. The latter did not impress me, but it was the […]

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TapaBento Porto

We went to TapaBento on our first evening in town and enjoyed the beautiful tapas, friendly staff and rustic but at the same time somewhat upmarket atmosphere. We shared razor clams/navalhas (one of my absolute favourites, both here and at other seafood restaurants), clams/’Ameijoa Algarve’ and Carpaccio with some Tortilha Batata and a few glasses of beer. The potato tortilla slices were just €5.50 each, the other tapas €15, which is avery fair price, considering the large portions of prime quality ingredients.    We were planning on coming back, but somehow got distracted by other lovely restaurants each time, so it’ll have to be when we are back in Porto later this year that we’ll try some of their other food.    TapaBento is the original restaurant of the owners, and focuses on tapas. A few years ago they opened a sister restaurant called TapaBento Trindade (Trindade after the Trindade […]

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