I was back in Portugal to film more material as my 90 minute documentary Life on the Douro is being expanded into a six part series for television. After filming five people in conversation with Roy Hersh, I then went on to film in the kitchens of three very fine restaurants, each mixing tradtiional Portuguese with contemporary cuisine, as food will be a focus of one of the episodes. Below are stills from that, plus shots of Porto’s ubiquitous “francesinha” filmed on a previous trip with a For the Love of Port tour.
Pedro Lemos is one of Portugal’s top chefs who recently opened his own restaurant http://pedrolemos.net, and many say the restaurant should be getting Michelin star soon.Pedro Lemos and crew
A huge variety of fish and sausages, as well as fantastic breads.
Quinta do Portal
The Quinta do Portal winery near Regua in the Douro, headed by Pedro Branco with wine maker Paulo Coutinho, has guest rooms and a restaurant headed by young whiz kid Milton Ferreira, in deep concentration below.Soups are another of Portugal’s wonderful offering.
Douro InSandra Dias grew up near Regua, the capital of the region, went to work in Porto for a number of years before returning to take over the Douro In http://www.wonderfulland.com/douro-in/index_en.htm with Nelson Espirito Santo Carvalho in 2011.
Carolina Quintela is the chef with magic hands.
These come from Sandra’s parents, who have about 20 hectares of land near Regua, growing grapes, cherries and olives.
The francesinha is a ubiquitous dish found in a range of restaurants, made of three different types of meat, cheese, bread, and a mild or spicy sauce. More information on it can be found here - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francesinha This was filmed at Bufete Fase, rated as the best francesinha by For The Love of Port - http://www.fortheloveofport.com/general-travel/best-francesinha-in-portoSome of the For the Love of Port group waiting to be seated.