10 Perfect Restaurants For The Most Romantic Evening Of The Year ♦ With the arrival of the most romantic day of the year, the search for the perfect dinner place begins. Take note of 10 restaurants in Porto to go on Valentine’s Day brought to you by Secrets From Portugal, read carefully.
Even on a grey winter day, light floods the space through the huge windows that are used as a wall in the Bocca restaurant. On one side, the immense river, almost meeting the sea. On the other side, the cheerful walk, interspersed with shelves full of fuel – for the soul, the wine, for the oven, the star of the room, the wood.
Semea by Euskalduna
Semea is all about sharing. We believe that everyone has special memories of being at a table with their loved ones and that these moments will always have a connection with food. t the restaurant, people are invited to a casual and friendly environment. The food is a combination of fresh ingredients and the Portuguese essence. We respect the origin of the product so that the end result is a sustainable menu that results from the combination of outstanding ingredients.
Boa-Bao is a pan-Japanese restaurant in the heart of Porto (and Lisbon). The menu is varied, with authentic recipes from countries such as Thailand, China, Laos, Japan, Malaysia, Korea and Taiwan. Among the house’s suggestions are assorted dim sum (stuffed dumplings, steamed or fried, a Cantonese speciality), Todd Man Pla, Thai fish cakes (€ 7.50), Japchae, a Korean sweet potato noodle with beef or yellow curry from Malaysia (in chicken, tofu or shrimp versions, € 15).
Esquina do Avesso
Cosy, romantic and with contemporary food: this is Esquina do Avesso, one of the best restaurants in Porto and surroundings to share good and beautiful dishes. On the most romantic day of the year, taste the marinated toast, mackerel and smoked bacon, the pink gamba with hedgehog emulsion and Buddha’s hand, the Minho cow with potato and truffle and finish in beauty with the frozen banana and salted caramel tart.
Casa D’Oro is an institution in the city. The location, on the promenade and overlooking the Arrábida Bridge, helps, but the quality of everything served there is what matters most for a happy meal. On Valentine’s Day, you can choose between thin-crust pizzas, pasta and other Italian dishes made with great mastery and without inventions.
The eldest son of the Mourão-Jaña duo already needed no introduction, but here they go: handsome, with lots of colour, good atmosphere, good food and good drink. Do you need more for a happy dinner? No. If you don’t know what to choose, try the Tornedó Wellington and the cod au gratin with roasted onion cream and breadcrumbs, two of the most emblematic dishes.
Mackerel marinated with miso and garlic sauce, salmon tataki, fish from the Japanese garden, okonomiyaki, cod gyozas with Chinese garlic and soft shell crab tempura are some of the snacks you can and should try in the Japanese tavern of chef Ruy Leão this Valentine’s Day. Then, throw yourself at the traditional sushi and sashimi and you will see that you leave there happy.
All the reasons are good to celebrate Valentine’s Day and at Vinum, a restaurant overlooking the Douro, there is a menu designed for the date, with tuna tartar with tomato confit, cod “à Braga” and old beef cutlet of Trás-os-Montes, among others. Without wines, the meal is € 55 per person and, with wines, € 105.
Casa de Chá da Boa Nova
Casa de Chá da Boa Nova is much more than a restaurant. Those who visit it immediately perceive the immense horizon through the impressive windows, maximizing all the moment expectations. Chef Rui Paula surprises customers with his audacity, taking them to the next level of gastronomic experiences, through a symbiotic vision where he really shows his inner self.
With a unique view over the Douro River, the former Solar do Vinho do Porto, in Quinta da Macieirinha, in Porto, now houses the Antiqvvm restaurant, a partnership between businessmen Sofia Cunha and Jonny Gomes, with the seal of the chef Vítor Matos. With just over a year of activity, the new space has already been awarded a Michelin star.