One of the most visited and romantic spots in Porto is River Douro where the warm lights and sunshines are reflected, making its unique and romantic atmosphere. Just a few steps from River Douro, there is a restaurant where you can try the best tapas in town: Jimao Tapas e Vinhos. There is a table outside where you can enjoy the view and sunshine, but this table must be booked in advance.
Once you enter, it's elegant but at the same time its charming atmosphere welcomes you. Depite being a restaurant that specializes with tapas and wines, you don't have to dress up as its a casual restaurant. Right next to the tables is a small open kitchen. You will already be satisfied by its great smell even before looking at the menu.
On the second floor, you will be charmed by its big windows where the warm sunshine of Porto shines through.
The first food served is the black pasta with octupus and basil on it, which is one of the most popular and famous items here. In Portugal, octopus is quite a common and popular ingredient and they cook it chewy but soft at the same time. Black pasta with octopus brings a new taste and texture you have never experienced. Creamy sauce on the pasta and octopus also adds a special and sweet taste.
The second menu item served are cajun salmon hamburgers. The combination of grilled salmon and fresh vegetables, and cajun sauce makes the taste even better. Even though it seems quite small, due to its abundant and various ingredients, you will be satisfied and you can feel the fresh taste of each ingredient.
Jimao Tapas e Vinhos is specialized not only in tapas menus, but also in wines. On the way to the second floor, you will see their wide selection of wines.
At Jimao Tapas e Vinhos, they have a wide range of selections from cold tapas, hot tapas, fish, meat, and a vegetarian menu as well. A large variety of wines is also available for you to choose from. If you prefer to have a meal with various foods and tasty wine, this would be a perfect place for you. Most of the popular restaurants in Porto are full with customers reservations, especially during the high season, so don't forget to make a reservation in advance.
Words and Photographs by Yuna Lee
Address : Praça Ribeira nº 11 12, 4050-509 Porto
Opening Hours : Daily 12:00-22:00 / Closed on Tuesdays