Camafeu, Porto, Portugal

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Food: This cosy, fine dining restaurant offers a small menu of well-executed Portuguese-influenced, European dishes served on beautiful vintage dinnerware. Expect items like pork cheek confit with broad beans, goat cheese ravioli with pear, almonds and port reduction, and smoked cod salad. Reservations are required.

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Service: Formal, but friendly.

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Must try: Camafeu is worth visiting just for the roasted octopus with roasted new potatoes, tomatoes and red pepper coulis, which is a mainstay on their menu. The octopus is cooked so perfectly that in terms of flavour and texture, it reminded me of a delectable fusion of scallop, lobster, oyster, and creamy crab dip. Not a hint of chewiness or rubberiness that one might expect from octopus here. The cream of pea soup with crispy prosciutto sheets was also exquisite.

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Ambience: Furnished with authentic, vintage furniture, being inside this tiny restaurant (the space fits fewer than 20 people) feels like you’ve slipped back in time to Belle Époque Europe.

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Average price per person: €27-€40 with a beverage.

Address: Camafeu. Praça de Carlos Alberto 83, Porto, Portugal. Tel: (351) 937-493-557

 

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