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“A modern take on local dishes”
Review of Rui Paula DOP

Rui Paula DOP
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Ranked #59 of 1,794 Restaurants in Porto
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: In the first quarter of 2010, Rui Paula returned to his homeland, OPorto, with the opening of the DOP restaurant. The new space is situated in the Palace of the Arts - Talent Factory, in Largo de S. Domingos in the historic city center, classified as World Heritage. This building is full of history. It began as the S. Domingos Convent and remained active since the fourteenth century, as a venue for auctions and council meetings. In 1834, served as the headquarters of the Lisbon (later Portugal Bank), and between 1934 and 1989 hosted the Douro Insurance Company. The Palace of Arts, now under the jurisdiction of the Youth Foundation, aims to "establish itself as a center of creativity and innovation of national and international excellence, professionally promoting young designers / artists, and be the dynamic center of the historic center as a cluster of arts and creative industries, enhancing its ability to attract creative professionals and tourism." The concept of the Palace of Arts fits perfectly in the Rui Paula project, who understands the gastronomy field as a creation with a strong cultural component. DOP has been designed to operate as a good taste, space cosmopolitan and yet familiar, and the generator of exciting dining experiences. The restaurant, with capacity for 65 people is provided with the latest equipment and has two distinct and complementary spaces: one show cooking, where the service is faster and more economical, and a traditional but innovative cuisine and dinning room.
Reviewed November 17, 2012

I enjoyed a six course dinner including selected wines. The menu was well balanced, each dish was a delight and the wines were well chosen. The desert was served with tawny port.

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Reviewed November 15, 2012

The service was perfect
The food was very good.
The atmosphere is very charming
I Liked least the price, it´s very expensive
I like best the food

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Reviewed November 8, 2012

This is dining with a first-rate chef. Rui Paula circulated all evening long, charming patrons with his comments but especially with his inventive food. This is a culinary adventure with molecular gastronomy and all manner of inventions: we saw people with dessert plates where each item was made to look like a salad! We wanted a green salad which wasn't on the menu; what we got was a delicious piece of art, complete with strawberries, other red berries, etc -- almost too pretty to eat. All foodies must experience this delightful place.

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Reviewed November 3, 2012 via mobile

Good food and great wine list with lot of local quality. Service is very attentive but the waiters run around in a slightly agitated way as if they were too stressed. They should chill out! Because the food is so good that it deserves to be appreciated in peace...great seafood and lovely local beef. The Douro wines are delicious. Would definitely go back!

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Thank Andrushenka
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

This is place that indeed stands out on Porto's cuisine and restaurants. The ambience is elegant and well decorated, the staff is thoughtfull and the chef likes to check personally the tables. I went there on a fix priced menu ocasion (special restaurant week) and I could not choose the dishes (still curious about some). But the most surprising aspect was the apetizer: Rui Paula took a great risk taking the best-loved sandwich of the city (Francesinha) to recreate and I must say he succeed...it turned out to be my favourite ( I cannot count how many francesinhas I have had in my life!). The sauce is amazing and exquisite and the meat is superb. The fish at the entree was a quality one but not above average when it cames to flavour. The dessert was fantastic, still warm from the oven, a kind of pastry filled with creme brulee...with ice cream and fruit on the side.

The drinks are expensive and the menu prices are a bit overrated in my opinion, comparing with similar restaurants in Paris, but it is a worthwhile experience. And do try the francesinha!

Thank sofia_Portol
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