For our last dinner in Porto we decided to eat at Cantinho do Avillez, the more casual and relaxed restaurant of Chef José Avillez. Chef José Avillez is the most famous chef in Portugal and is most famous for his restaurant Belcanto, currently ranked #75 best restaurant in the world. Whereas Belcanto is pure Portuguese cooking, Cantinho do Avillez is Portuguese with inspiration from trips abroad. The cherry gazpacho and green bean tempura were the best!
A peak into the kitchen
Bread, butter and olives
Gazpacho with Fundão cherries: A cold soup that combines the traditional recipe with cherries from Fundão, cottage cheese, dry-cured ham and basil
Marinated scallops: Marinated scallops with avocado cream and a bread crumble with bread from the Alentejo region
I took two starters for my main course 🙂 #1) Deep fried green beans with tartar sauce: A very typical Portuguese entrée, green beans tempura seasoned with lemon salt and served with tartar sauce #2) Prawns “à Bulhão Pato”: Prawns with white wine, lemon juice and cilantro sautéed in olive oil
Koen’s Steak tartare with NY style potatoes: Uncooked beef steak hand minced, seasoned with a Dijon mustard emulsion, served with a side of french fries with grated parmesan, truffle aroma and basil
Happy after a delicious meal
Right next door to our apartment is the winebar Vinofino, so we decided to have one last treat before bed!