Chef José Avillez has been warmly welcomed by Porto residents. Northern Portugal was yearning for a restaurant like this and Avillez was also looking to expand to the upper part of the country. The chef told Time Out that this would be his ‘riskiest project’, but we can assure you the risk has paid off. Judging by the absolute lack of empty chairs at lunchtime, it’s safe to say things are going well. The lunch executive menu is based on list items and draws a big crowd, but Cantinho do Avillez also has plenty of local patrons for dinner. Dusk makes the mood a little more romantic. And what could be more romantic than farinheira sausage with a cornbread crust... or, since this is Porto, a reinvented francesinha sandwich with truffle and Serra cheese gravy. Absolutely delicious. All this, and it’s open till midnight.
Time Out tips:
– What comes from Porto has to be good: mushrooms, farinheira and linguíça sausages are all delivered from the Bolhão market.
_ The Portuguesinha, a sort of stewed pie, is a must.
– What do we recommend for dessert? Hazelnut!