Had a great meal last night at DOP restaurant in Porto, with some really creative riffing on a Portuguese theme from Rui Paula. We began with a fruity scallop carpaccio, and then progressed to a beautifully cooked corvina (relative of sea bass) fillet with mango and coconut. These exotic flavours worked well, and this was served with Asian noodles. Then the meat: succulent baked kid (baby goat) with flavoursome rice. This was followed by a serious Portuguese cheese plate, and then some dessert.
Some nice wines accompanied the food, with quite a range of flavours and styles.
Filipa Pato 3B Blanc de Blancs NV Bairrada, Portugal
Solid, tasty fizz fro Filipa. This is getting better. Taut and complex with bright citrus fruit as well as some subtle honey and toast. Lively and vivid with a bit of pithiness. Lovely. 90/100
Finca Teira 2016 Ribeiro, Spain
Lively and fresh with a mineral streak to the bright lemon and mandarin notes. So fine with a tangy edge. Bright and intense. 91/100
Antonio Macanita Verdelho Original 2015 Pico, Azores
So linear and stony with fresh citrus fruit. There’s a faint smokiness and a steely, mineral edge. Good acidity with a tingling, electric finish. 92/100
Jose Aristegui Traste 2015 Valedoras, Spain
Intense and rich with sweet bold black cherry fruit and some salty, tarry notes. Powerful and a bit bitter on the finish. Sweet and alcoholic but with some nice presence. 89/100
Quinta de Arcosso Reserva 2009 Tras os Montes, Portugal
Concentrated and intense with vivid, rich but fresh black cherry and blackberry fruit. Dense and quite tannic with a slightly drying finish. Really focused. 91/100
Quinta do Infantado Vintage Port 1997 Douro, Portugal (magnum)
Dense spicy and tarry with bold blackberry fruit with a dusty, dry, savoury edge and lots of tannin. Has some chocolate and raisin character but it’s the dense fruit that drives this wine. 93/100