O’Comercial Local Food Porto

So many choices, in a city where the wine is produced locally and the fishermen deliver fresh caught fish each morning, dining out is truly a pleasure. A plethora of choices offering delicious cheese, fresh seafood, locally farmed meat – where to start?


During my sightseeing at the most visited historic central monument, the Palácio da Bolsa, we happened upon an intimate darkly lit space. I popped in and wondered who are these sophisticated locals dining at a leisurely 2 pm on a Friday?


Restaurant O’ COMERCIAL is right in the historical center of Porto. It combines the elegance of the past with new trends. The restaurant itself is beautiful and spacious but due to a well-designed layout, it is at the same time, a very intimate space. Refined setting with massive windows facing the river Douro from where you can see the pier of Gaia and the dynasties of Port wine cellars.


Smoked salmon carpaccio with ham cheese, balsamic cream and bacon toast
Goat cheese baked on sweet twig
Vol-au-vent of black pudding with goat cheese gratin and caramelized apple slices
Alheira crunchy with black olives, greens and quail egg
Veal carpaccio with pesto sauce, Parmesan cheese and arugula
Bruschetta with sardine and goat cheese on pumpkin jam
Foie gras with drunken pear blades and muscatel reduction
Grilled scallops with catatonic substitution on ratatuille vol-au-vent


Plan your sightseeing around stopping here for a divine lunch.

Restaurante O Comercial Palacio da Bolsa Porto

Local Food Lisbon

Lisbon is famous for its ‘Pasteis de Nata’, or more simply described as a much perfected and sumptuous type of custard tart. An emblematic sweet, these delicious little pastries can be enjoyed on every block and locals stop several times a day to indulge. The hilly cobbled streets work off the calories! The recipe dates back to the 16th Century, when the confections, like many other Portuguese sweets, were made by nuns in convents.

Pasteis de Nata’ Lisbon, Portugal

In 1837 Pasteis de Belem began making the original Pastéis de Belém, following an ancient recipe from the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. That secret recipe is recreated every day in their bakery, by hand, using only traditional methods. The beautiful district of Belem is home to the grand Jeronimo Monastery, renowned for its immaculate gardens and magnificent views across the Tagus River and the famous Pasteis de Belem patisserie. The “pastel de nata” is Lisbon’s best-known cake, best served hot with powdered cinnamon and, preferably, in pairs.

Paper thin layers of buttery crisp pastry are filled with a rich custard of egg and sugar. The pastry surface blisters in high heat, adding a toasty taste of caramel to the savory sweets.

Best savored at the counter with a shot of espresso. There is a sweet shop or two on every block, Lisbon locals love their savories.