Salpoente ("setting salt" in Portuguese), is a restaurant-cum-gallery beside Aveiro's São Roque canal. Housed in a former salt warehouse facing the salt flats of Aveiro, its rustic-elegant ambience is the setting for contemporary cuisine, with cod dishes the house speciality.
The restaurant has an artful way with food. It was also the place where I began to understand the Portuguese passion for salted cod. Perhaps it was the art-filled setting, or the perfectly paired wines with each course. Most likely, though, it was well prepared food, beautifully presented, that got our attention.
Everything about Salpoente is contemporary and stylish, and every course a treat. At the finish, I loved the way the chef re-imagined the region's typical dessert of "ovos moles" into morsels of sweetened egg yolks alongside a good cup of Portuguese espresso.
Highly recommended for anyone looking for a little persuasion to embrace cod!