O Gaveto, on the outskirts of Porto, has been thrilling seafood lovers for more than thirty years, and it took just one dinner there to see why.
Everything on the menu is fresh and authentic. For starters, you cannot go wrong with the very popular percibos and camarãos de costa. The flavorful shrimp are from local waters, a protected species fished September through April. I was especially taken by a platter of Santiagos, small, sweet lobsters, another local specialty. And the clams, oh my goodness! These are from the Algarve, prepared in the style of Alentejo, with cilantro, butter and garlic.
A popular main course at O Gaveto is seafood rice, superb with a glass of the house white, from the Niervoort winery, bottled just for the restaurant. Succulent prawns, shrimp, clams and lobster come in a tomato-based sauce that packs a spicy punch.
O Gaveto is also a good place to try tripas á moda do Porto (tripe in the style of Porto). I'm not a fan of tripe, but the chef here almost convinced me, with tripe that practically disappeared into a delicious bowl of white beans and a cumin-spiced sauce.
Desserts at O Gaveto are fine, local and egg-y. They're very good, but seafood is the reason to make the trip out from downtown Porto. That and excellent wine pairings, from starter through after-dinner coffee.
Take the Metro blue line to Matosinhos Sul, and you'll be on the doorstep of O Gaveto. A memorable meal is sure to follow!