Cafeina is quite a place and the circumstances under which our intro happened were slightly weird to say the least. I got a reservation on recommendation from my friends in Porto and thought of it as a beach-side relaxed restaurants with great food. I turned up freshly swam from the sea in my skimpy shorts and a vest with a tote bag brimming with my beach towel to find a very beautiful and quite formal looking place. I cursed myself and sat down and fell in love with the food. Luckily there weren’t many people around and even though staff didn’t look too pleased I had a good time in my beach attire so yeah…
And might I also let you know it is a Michelin Star establishment (not that it does anything for food, it just jacks the prices up).
Booking: Highly recommended, it is a bit of a hot-spot for locals.
Interior and Ambiance: Beautiful and chic from inside and rustic from outside. I was quite surprised at the difference between interior and exterior but I suppose it is part of the charm. It is a little intimidating though if you want an informal, loud gathering.
Quite a selection. the menu was a good mix of fusions, modern and traditional food. I absolutely and utterly loved something I haven’t had in ages; goat leg which is a bit of Porto delicacy and is absolutely divine. Lamb can’t even touch the beauty of goat meat.
The artisan bread, little balls of white butter and olives were all amazing till the food arrived.
Grilled Scallops with Foie Gras – Perfectly seared and beautifully matched with caramalised Foie Gras. Scallops were tender and perfectly cooked.
Roasted goat leg with Spring Vegetables – Absolutely divine, like I said before lamb meat is not half as amazing as goat meat. The roast was perfectly done with very tender meat that just melted in my mouth.
Things to love: Location, Food
Negatives: Pricey, Staff Attitude