I had heard nothing but great things about Portugal. It was never on my list of places to visit, but after seeing my friend's gluttonous Instagram feed of her trip, I booked a trip for American Thanksgiving weekend.
And boy did we celebrate.
Knowing nothing about Portuguese cuisine (except for the legendary Francesinha), I booked a food tour with Taste Porto (you can read more about them in my newsletter!). I can't recommend them enough. It was a glorious 3 1/2 hours of learning, eating, and occasional walking. We indulged in savory pastries, sweet pastries, sardines, sandwiches made with the creamiest bread, coffee, wine, cheese, and more pastries.
Before embarking on this journey, however, we happened to walk past Ramen e Outros (RO). We marked it on our Google map to return for dinner. (There was little fear that we would be too full hours after the tour.)
This Porto ramen joint has no more than ten tables and a handful of bar stools. The design is modern and minimal - you wouldn't necessarily expect it to be a ramen spot at first glance. You will, however, notice that it's popular because it's difficult to get a table. And much like everything else in Porto, the food was exquisite.
The Ramen Marauder had the tonkotsu and I had the tantan, which was the first time I'd ever had the style. It was flavorful and had more of a bite than I expected (but by no means punishing). There were also more noodles than I expected, which is always a plus. Even though it was noted on the menu, I wasn't expecting the large piece of broccolini (bimi) in my noodle soup, but I always love a refreshing green crunch in my ramen.
Overall, there are a lot of things and places to eat in Porto, but as I mentioned in my Florence review, I believe that part of experiencing a city includes eating "non-native" cuisines. You should be sure to save one of your meals for RO.
Note: if this were a video game, those mushrooms would be a mission item.
Ramen e Outros (RO), Rua Ramalho Ortigão, 61. 4000-407 Porto, Portugal, 967 307 887/222 008 297