Dourum (Porto, Portugal)

There are some incredible restaurants in Porto, but a combination of a simple Mediterranean menu, local wines and beers and an incredible view made Dourum our favourite.

If you can manage to grab one of the few tables outside, then do so. The view of the city, the river and the bridges is incredible, and the busier pedestrianised path is across the road meaning your view is only infrequently disrupted. Try to go in time for sunset, as seeing the city change from the bright daylight, then into the soft golden light of early evening and then begin to be lit up artificially is incredible.

Although the restaurant is in a prime location in the region of Vila Nova de Gaia, directly at the foot of the Dom Luis I Bridge, the Mediterranean and Portuguese menu is fairly priced. Appetisers cost in the region of €5, with both cheese and meat sharing platters costing between €10 and €12. Main courses are around €10 and €25, with plenty of local dishes on offer.

With an extensive list of local wines, beers and of course ports, you can have an extensive choice of drinks for less than €5. Our waiters on both occasions we visited were really helpful in guiding us towards which wines to choose for our meals, and were incredibly attentive in ensuring we were happy with everything.

I tried the cheese and meat platter with a Chardonnay and Paul chose the meat only platter with local lager. We were served bread alongside our meal with cheese melted through the dough, and a complimentary plate of olives and pesto for dipping. The portion size was incredibly generous, with three types of quality cheeses and four meats on my board and four larger portions of meats on Paul’s.

The view is what really makes this restaurant so special, with an entirely unobstructed view of the bridge, the castle and the river. You’re seated directly in the centre of all the goings on, but are far enough away that you retain a sense of privacy and peace.

Incredible wine, incredible food and an incredible view make this an absolute recommendation when in Porto.

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