Namban Oporto Kitchen

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Eat + Drink


Miguel e Sako met in London over 17 years ago. The Portugal-Japan ‘thing’ was the perfect combo for the creative couple, known for their kindness and generosity. They both had an artistic background, and despite having different passions and life paths, at one given point, they found themselves in Portugal, in Porto, heading a new project - Namban Oporto Kitchen.  Although initially they had different plans, it didn’t take long before they realised that people go through rough patches for a reason. They decided to up sticks and moved to Porto, where their acclaimed Japanese supperclubs began taking place.


That which only a few privileged ones know is that besides ‘chef’ Sako’s enormous, delicious talent, the team is all about promoting local produce. Their ingredients of choice are biological and seasonal, and Portugal is represented, always, even in their choice of plates, cutlery and napkins. Namban means ‘savages’ in Japanese, a name attributed to the Portuguese when they first arrived in Japan. This time around it was Japan that invaded Porto, seducing the locals with the finest eastern flavours. They are considering moving out of ‘home’ and into their own space, but all in due time. Since February in Porto, having made their way into our hearts through our stomach, they promise there’s more to come!