Bartolomeu Bistro & Wine: There’s a new cool spot in Oporto
Bartolomeu Bistro & Wine. When we enter Bartolomeu Bistro & Wine – the new cult address in downtown Porto, for all those who love to share stories at the table – it’s as if we’ve landed at an exotic destination where the days run unhurriedly.
I do not know if the name, Bartolomeu, is due to Bartolomeu Dias – the Portuguese navigator who was, admittedly, the first European to navigate beyond the extreme south of Africa – but there is something of Africa in this space that is more than just a restaurant.
Located inside the hotel Torel 1884, it offers several dishes whose concept is to share between stories and smiles. All this to the taste of an unpretentious but impeccable decoration. The banana trees mix with the marble tables, the cushions with the air of the savannah and the tropical fresh with national wines. What translates into an intimate atmosphere where we feel like to linger.<br />
Bartolomeu Bistro & Wine: An exotic refugee in the heart of Oporto
Located inside the hotel Torel 1884, it offers several dishes whose concept is to share between stories and smiles. All this to the taste of an unpretentious but impeccable decoration. The banana trees mix with the marble tables, the cushions with the air of the savannah and the tropical fresh with national wines. What translates into an intimate atmosphere where we feel like to linger.
We ordered bread and preserves to start, and we did not resist the mushroom salad and the pissaladière, a kind of mixture between the focaccia and the absolutely delicious pizza (decidedly my favorite dish). And we just stood there and shared stories of who we are, who we were and who we still dream to be. When we looked at the clock again, as if brought back to reality, it was 5 o’clock. We exchanged an accomplice smile, able to illustrate how happy we were there. Because happiness is all about moments, fragments of experiences that we keep frozen in our memory.
We were already ready to leave when we were invited to visit the Safe Box. Yes, the building where Bartolomeu now awaits us, with open arms, was once a bank. And where valuables have once stood, valuable bottles of wine are kept today as a promise of brightening evenings and meals.
If you still haven’t gone to Bartolomeu Bistro & Wine, put it on the list of places to go. In one word it’s absolutely incredible. And, since you are there, take time to have a look at the hotel.
And what about the prices?
The average is 20 euros per person, but the dishes start at 5.5 euros (the salmon and ham sandwiches). But, of course, in the end, everything will depend on what you eat and, above all, on what you drink. Enjoy it because it’s totally worth it!
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Bartolomeu Bistro & Wine
R. de Mouzinho da Silveira 228