2 September 2019

NAMBAN OPORTO KITCHEN CAFE (NOW CLOSED)

Namban Oporto Kitchen started as a living room restaurant, after which the owners opened a cafe in the center of Porto. As it became so popular they grew out of it and now there’s Namban Oporto Kitchen Café in Cedofeita.

 

Cedofeita

After making a report at EARLY Cedofeita for the soon to be launched Petite Passport Magazine an illustration on the windows of a narrow bar in the same street catches my attention. There’s a man in traditional Portuguese clothing on it, next to a woman in a kimono with a steaming pan in her hand. On the illustration it says: Namban Oporto Kitchen. And below I see the sign: fechado(meaning: closed).

 

Eclectic interior

When I look inside, I see a wonderfully eclectic mix of colorful furniture and beautiful bouquets on the tables. I’ll have to come back. Two days later they are open and I meet Sako and Miguel. The couple met in London after which they moved to Miguel’s homeland Portugal. Sako is from Japan and since they both love to cook, they started a living room restaurant. That went so well that they opened a cafe in the center, but they also grew out of it and now they are in Cedofeita.

 

Japanese and Portuguese cuisine

‘Don’t call it fusion, because I don’t think that term is appropriate’, says Sako, who writes the menu of the day in Japanese on a plate. Yet their love for Japanese and Portuguese cuisine comes together in the delicious dishes they serve their guests, including a popular Japanese curry. And delicious fermented fruit in their desserts. Apart from the colorful interior, Miguel also makes striking jewelry.

 

No website, Rua dos Bragas 346, Porto

 

Find more Porto recommendations in Petite Passport Magazine #01

 

 

 

 

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