Casual dining option of one of Porto's premier Hotels overlooking the town from the South of the Douro river
The Yeatman is one of the premier hotels in Porto with a stunning view. It is also one of only two places in Porto (at time of writing) that holds 2 Michelin stars in their premises. Dick’s Bar and Bistro is not their 2 starred venue but their more informal restaurant. Whilst this is the case, you may wish to be arrive not too underdressed as it is not that informal. We were meticulously looked after on this visit and I loved the piano playing in the lounge area. The €96 for a starter to share, two mains, splash of wine each and coffee represented an above-average price for what was had, but fairly standard for a 5 star hotel. Even if you don’t wish to dine at the hotel, I would recommend popping in to The Yeatman if you come to Porto as a must for drinks at the least as you will have one of the best views of the city to enjoy a glass of something local.
Having elected for the more casual option at The Yeatman I decided on having some simple, miniburgers which were fine, but the buns themselves were almost rock hard and a bit of an odd choice as most of the burger were squeezed onto the plate owning to how hard the buns had to be squashed together to bite through. Meanwhile, my other hald had opted for a tomato starter which were, as advertised, basically chopped tomatoes (ok).
The star of the meal was hands down the well-seasoned and lovingly spiced chicken which was very good. The least impressive aspect of the meal were the chips which were actually undercooked and not seasoned. Decorative seasoning can easily be rectified and perhaps this was left to diner’s choice, but chips are basically hard to get wrong in terms of being cooked, so this was essentially a waste. However, the team had very kindly obliged me a side of sauce bearnaise as previously requested.
There was a lovely touch from the team as well in that there are sofas lining all along the windows of the lounge overlooking the city which we were invited to have our coffee at and was very much taken up and enjoyed. It completed a pleasant evening and a lovely bonus to meat the actual owner of the Hotel. Dick’s bar done, I will opt for the 2 Michelin starred option next time.
Food Grade: 56%