I’m in sunny Porto, heading off to the Douro today where vintage 2011 is just starting. So, snatching a few minutes on free wifi (all hotels should offer this) in the lobby, a brief account of last night’s dinner.
It was at O Carteiro (55 Rua Senhor da Boa Morte), a traditional Portuguese restaurant. The food was hearty and quite tasty, even if it did look quite rustic. I really enjoyed it.
Pictured top: alheara (game sausage) – it’s one of the most delicious things in all of Portugal. Below is acorda, which is bread with coriander, shrimps, tomato and an egg – it looks bad but tastes great, with the abundant coriander lifting the flavour.
Below, we have an octupus rice dish. This was good rather than great. Then at the bottom, timbal – a sort of pie with pastry over mixed game – wild boar, venison, partridge. Wholesome and delicious.
Finally, Graham’s 1980. This is a superb vintage Port from a year that was underrated at the time of its release. It has aged perfectly, and still has lots of life left in it. Drinking beautifully now.