NAMBAN OPORTO KITCHEN CAFE PORTO

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

 

 

 

 

4 Comments

  • andreea

    02.09.2019 at 13:54 Reply

    i found their place recommended in monocle. we went to next door early, as you recommended, and we liked it. we went to namban for their japanese lunch set. we were warned from the beginning that is going to take a long time. we said ok and waited. what was not at all clear was that the price for the lunch set (soup+dish+rice+side dishes, as advertised on their wall) was covering on that specific day only one dish of soba noodles. in portugal, the lunch set usually also includes a drink and a dessert. we understood that it was not the case so we paid for those. so, after spending their way too much time, we left knowing we were going to be hungry within 2 hours and having paid 38 for 2 soba noodle dishes, 2 half glasses of homemade ginger ale and 2 desserts. we were disappointed. after i posted my opinion on my insta, they got in touch. they were saying they were sorry but at the same time told me that if we wanted to fill up, they were not that kind of place. they said sorry but they didn’t think they did anything wrong. the wife said we should have known that the noodles were everything when the husband presented them to us. instead, we understood we were going to get soba as the soup part of the set. the soup included some raw green bean pods that were impossible to chew and that, just like the entire experience, left a very bitter taste in my mouth. last but not least: after having a civilized albeit contradictory discussion on social media, they blocked me… amazing communication and interpersonal skills…

    • Pauline Egge

      02.09.2019 at 09:15 Reply

      Hi Andreea, thank you for your comment and I’m sorry to hear you had such a bad experience. Mine was the opposite, but I really appreciate your opinion. If more people have a bad experience, I will delete the post on my website and stop recommending them. We’re here as a community and your opinion really matters! Enjoy the rest of Porto! Warm wishes, Pauline

      • andreea

        02.09.2019 at 11:22 Reply

        the soba dish was good so it was less about the quality as much as the communication involved. i surely hope not many people are unhappy with namban.
        keep up the good work: i have been following you for a while now and i will continue to do so! 🙂

  • andreea

    02.09.2019 at 13:38 Reply

    why didn’t you publish my comment? is it because i had a bad experience with namban?

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