Cunha Restaurant, Porto

UPDATE 17.01.2020 – RESTAURANT HAS CLOSED PERMANENTLY 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 […]

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Tapabento Trindade – Porto’s #1 Restaurant

UPDATE 15.01.2020 – RESTAURANT HAS CLOSED PERMANENTLY. 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 […]

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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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