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O Paparico in Porto - Has anyone actually been?

Just got back from a trip through Spain and Portugal with the girlfriend. Had dinner there the other night (05/10/12) on the recommendation of the concierge from the Intercontinental in Porto. He even showed us the tripadvisor page ranking it as #1 in Porto. He was also 100% sure we would be satisfied. We had no idea what we were getting into. It's a little out of the tourist area and you'll need a cab to get there. You'll also need to knock and have the waiter let you in. Knock loudly. Before being seated we were offered an apertif. Lovely. We had the veal terrine in a port sauce, some black jamon - which is fed some specific thing, like the Portugese equivalent of acorn fed - and also a wedge of cheese from the Serra de Estrella and olives. They were placed at out table before we were even seated. We didn't order them, and I'm sorry to say I can't remember exactly what they were called on the menu. The terrine was great and the jamon was nice and buttery and melt in your mouth good. Then as our main course we shared the octopus with cherry tomatoes and potato. It was the best octopus we've ever had, by far. Very tender. And served as four whole tentacles. As a dessert we had the tangerine orchard. Which was tangerine served in a number of ways. As a sorbet, as a cake, as a cookie, and as a marmalade type thing. With it we had a great bottle of wine. The service was great. English is spoken fluently by all three of our servers. And Sergio, who I guess is the owner, was our main waiter. He was very helpful and excited to have us eating there. The whole meal cost about 115 Euros - we can't remember exactly. And that was with a 42 Euro wine. If it's still on the wine list then I highly suggest ordering it. It had the aroma of a port or even an icewine but was dry and complex and mineral. Overall, O Paparico was the best meal of our trip. And we had the leftovers for lunch the next day.

May 18, 2012
nickchow in Spain/Portugal