The serendipitous magic of planning as I go has been serving me really well in Portugal. By complete coincidence, a friend and I found out that we’d both be in Porto at the same time, and as it turns out – we are a foodie match made in heaven. After poring over a couple of travel blogs, I was really intrigued by O Paparico’s philosophy – every dish is 100% made from ingredients that have been sourced from various parts of Portugal, and they use these to recreate Portuguese classics in an innovative way. The same goes for their wine pairing – rather than choosing from all of Europe, they contain their selection to Portuguese vineyards, which is completely fine by me, since they’re some of the best in the world.
There are a few options you can take at the restaurant – a Portuguese tasting menu, a sharing menu (selection of 2 starters, 2 mains, and 2 desserts, all made in portions for two), or a la carte. We opted for the sharing menu at 190 EUR, and one wine pairing at 50 EUR. Every time I try to handle a wine pairing solo at a restaurant, I end up leaving too tipsy to taste the subtleties in food, so I’d highly recommend splitting the pairing unless you have an extremely high tolerance.