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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Discover Great Wine and Design in Porto


2. Where to Eat

DOP, which means "Taste and Dare in Porto," features chef Rui Paula’s inventive dishes.  

Gaze at the Atlantic while grazing on Asian-Mediterranean fusion fare at Buhle, housed in architect Miguel Ribeiro de Sousa’s dramatic glass structure in the seaside suburb of Foz. Start with the fruity, spicy Carlito’s Way cocktail ($11), made with tequila and balsamic vinegar, and then move on to black cod with edamame purée and shitake mushrooms ($33) or short ribs with saffron risotto and vegetable linguine ($27).

Choose from more than 650 wines at DOP, housed inside the high-ceilinged 14th-century Palacio das Artes. Celebrated chef Rui Paula prepares “ethno-emotional” cuisine, with innovative variations on regional dishes prepared with top-quality local ingredients like codfish and suckling pig that are best experienced on the elaborate five-course tasting menu (from $90).

Eat outdoors on Ourigo Beach at Shis, where the all-white interior was created by Porto’s design darling Paulo Lobo. The Japanese-inflected menu offers standouts including rockbass carpaccio with truffle vinaigrette ($16) and codfish with turnips, mushrooms, and Serra cheese sauce ($25).

Published on Feb 10, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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