Mito, Porto, Portugal


Food: Recommended by the host couple of the Airbnb I stayed at, Mito wins points for both quality and value for money. For €10.80, you get to choose a starter, main course, dessert from a prefixed lunch menu. Dinners are a la carte. This lunch set includes homemade bread rolls and miso and raisin butter, a homemade non-alcoholic drink, or coffee or tea. The dishes are presented how one might expect at pricier establishment. You also have the option of €9.80 menu if you want to skip desert, or you can opt for two starters, one main, desert and drink, or one starter, two mains and desert and drink for €15.50. The modern fusion dishes here include items such as corvina fish with a potato gratin, and salad of quinoa, pimentos, mozzarella and pesto.


I very much enjoyed my meal of shredded bacalhau (Portuguese smoked cod) with orange, purple onions, and rocket, and my main course ­ – a juicy leg of chicken served on a hearty, bed of roasted barley and carrots. The homemade lemonade was refreshing, but the desert of mille-feuille and sorbet, was merely average.


Service: The warm and friendly servers here are happy to explain the menu in English.


Ambience: If you want to get away from the more touristy spots, this casual but chic spot is a good choice for a relaxed and affordable lunch in downtown Porto.


Average price per person: €10.80 for a three-course lunch with a non-alcoholic beverage.

Address: Mito. Rua de José Falcão 183, Porto, Portugal. Tel: (351) 917-509-955.