The name: Casa Agrícola (Farm House) refers to the rural roots of the building, that was part of a farm called Nossa Senhora do Bom Sucesso (Our Lady of Good Success). The area still maintains the farm’s name – Bom Sucesso – but it is now a vibrant part of the city and all that is left from its rural past is the building itself and the chapel that you still can find next to it.
However this feeling of rurality and wealthy landlords old house came to me the first time I climbed the steps to the restaurant dining room. The decoration has an indescribable old charm that really makes you want to spend the evening at this gorgeous dining room. I am talking about the wooden floors, the white towels, the wine cupboard, the windows, the chandeliers and the pleasant calmness.
The staff is very warm and helpful. The food is refined, yet traditional. For appetizers, I would suggest one of the carpaccio, but no, I really cannot help you choose between the octopus (7,60€), the codfish (8,95€) or the sirloin with parmesan (10,80€) … As for the entrées my favorites are the duck’s magret with orange (15,45€) and the monkfish and shrimps cataplana (27,50€). The latter is a great to share.
Save room for dessert. I do not order one every time I go out to dinner, but at Casa Agrícola I always share a dessert, for some reason. Maybe because I want to stay a little longer. If you prefer a sweet treat go for the white chocolate pie with berries (4,35€) though I generally order the plate of sliced exotic fruit (5,45€), which is fresh and colorful and makes me feel happily lazy.
The street level floor is a caffe-bar where you can have a good price meal at lunch, a drink in the afternoon (happy hour is from 4pm to 8pm) and after 10pm the lower floor turns into a kind of pub.
At restaurant Casa Agrícola you’ll be in a (nice 15 minutes) walking distance from Porto’s Botanical Garden, Miguel Bombarda street – where you can find most of the city’s art galleries and the unique Centro Comercial Bombarda, MUUDA Porto store and Palácio de Cristal gardens.