Yesterday Seven Streets posted their review of Cafe Porto on Rodney Street.
Together with Scottish partner, Mary Walker, Pedro works hard to ensure everything is right: with authentic ingredients sourced from a London-based Portuguese importer. Together, it’s evident the team works its collective ass off – you can see them toiling away in the open kitchen. And they’ve created a wonderfully idiosyncratic outpost at the top of the town.
I couldn’t agree more it’s an excellent restaurant, one of my favourites and would recommend it to anyone, it’s simple lovely food. However, I was really dismayed to hear this.
Owner Pedro Almeida admits his venture suffered a rocky start, and even considered selling up last year. But the Porto native has fallen in love with the city and, he says, “I’ve put everything into this, so I’m not going to give up that easily.”
Cafe Porto is one restaurant I would be really unhappy to loose, you should all go for a meal now, you wont be disappointed. In fairness I haven’t been in a little while and I intend to change that very soon. In our city local restaurants like this need support, because they are good, in many cases very good, better than anything you can get in a Pizza Express, Cafe Uno, Ask, GBK etc etc.
I popped in recently for a spot of lunch and had some fantastic slat cod fishcakes, this was simple lovely food, as expected. Ok, service was a bit slow, however that is how this places works, all the complaining about the service is wrong, people don’t get what it’s about. If you want a fast business’s lunch or quick sandwich there are hundreds of places to go, if you want genuine quality go to cafe Porto.