Location: Porto, Portugal
Porto is an incredibly charming, richly textured city. It’s a great place to spend a few days with friends wandering the cobblestone alleyways, eating good food and drinking delicious port. We took a boat trip down the Duoro River, went inside the beautiful Livraria Lello bookstore and toured a cavernous port cellar.
Of course there were some local food specialties that we had to try such as francesinha, also known as a “heart attack on a plate”. This dish is composed of bread layered with meat (ham, sausage and steak) covered in saucy cheese and gravy and served with chips. Needless to say, there was a level of post-consumption regret.
Porto’s garlic bread game was both surprising and interesting. Whilst wandering down Cais da Ribeira trying to work off the francesinha-induced calories, we found a little restaurant that served port in tiny chocolate cups and garlic bread. A strange but satisfactory combination. The garlic bread consisted of a few pieces of sliced baguette covered in a strangely sweet mayo. Not really my cup of tea, but the sweet port helped wash it all down. GB Score: 3/10.
The next day, we were waylaid by Pizza Hut and the attraction of yet more garlic bread. It’s nice of my friends to respect my food urges… It turns out Pizza Hut in Portugal has SIX types of garlic bread on the menu (Supreme, Bacon, Pepperoni, Prosciutto and Philly). You can even order a Garlic Bread Board with a selection of all of the above. I managed to restrain myself and go with a plate of the Supreme Garlic Bread which came covered with cheese. As you might know, I’m a bit of a purist and prefer my garlic bread without cheese, but this variety was still pretty good. A 6/10.
Let’s just say that Porto has plenty more to offer than its garlic bread…