When the sun’s out to play, the garden’s the way.
Don Fifties haute couture to fit in; but it’s not as though you have to in Porto’s indie art district. Step out in your own New Look instead.
The Rosa Et Al weekend brunch is fast becoming a local institution, and that’s just the way the owners like it. They taught themselves to cook, and did a darn good job of it too. The three-course menu has dishes as delicious on the eye as they are on the ‘buds – and many feature garden produce so local you can see it from your table. The daily bread is variously flavoured with paprika or pomegranate, and everything in between, and the tartines and frittatas make eggmen go googoo-g’joob. Special mention goes to the signature ‘chipancakes’: a towering masterpiece of sweet potato patties, passionfruit and kiwi, topped with cream, chia seeds and eucalyptus honey. At weekends, locals flock to join guests in the Fifties-feel Brunch Room, clustering around the smooth-edged tables inside if all the seats in the sun are snaffled. On weekdays, breakfast is a satisfactory tribute act. Eggs are made to order, and there’s home-made yoghurt and granola with fresh fruit. Every day there’s an afternoon tea of scones, sarnies and other treats. Lunch and dinner aren’t scheduled sittings, but ask ahead to book in and then take your pick of à la carte options or go big on a three-, six- or nine-course tasting menu. Need a souvenir? The Bed and Brunch Collection includes home-made jams, limoncello and other things you might be tempted to smuggle out in your suitcase, all for sale at reception.
Handily part of the restaurant, the bar serves beers and wines, four colours of sangria (red, white, rose and green) and cocktails and mocktails to order. Softs include just-squeezed juices, coffee as you please, and a tea list that’d stretch to China and back again, all served with a soundtrack of jazz piano, or something comparably laid back.
Breakfast is from 9am to noon. Brunch is on Saturdays and Sundays only, from noon. Lunch and dinner only available on request, with at least eight hours’ notice. Dinner is served at 7.30pm. Afternoon tea is at 4pm, snacks available throughout the day.
Anything and everything on the restaurant menu can be brought to the room.