In partnership with Michelin-starred chef Pedro Lemos, the Symington family will open a restaurant on June 10, which aims to recreate traditional Douro cuisine, centered around large wood-fired ovens. Pedro Lemos revisits the traditional recipe to create classic dishes, all cooked over fire. The firewood comes from a variety of trees, sustainably produced with respect for seasonality and which give subtle differences to the aromas of the dishes.
On the banks of the Douro River, in the village of Pinhão, Quinta do Bomfim has been home to Porto Dow’s since 1896, which is the inspiration for the restaurant’s name. Five generations of the Symington family have tended the estate, whose vineyards have produced some of the region's most iconic wines over the last century.
The menu is the result of a careful selection of products, which will include seafood and fish dishes from our coast, meat, and vegetables. To accompany the menu, an extensive wine list that includes wines with long aging, Single Harvest Tawny Ports (Colheitas) of restricted production, and rare bottles of Vintage Ports from the Symington family wineries.
Bomfim 1896 Pedro Lemos stands on the top floor of an old wine warehouse, with magnificent views over the Douro River. Upon arrival, customers can enjoy the restaurant's bar before heading to the main room — surmounted by imposing wooden girders — or on the extensive outdoor terrace. The kitchen is open plan, allowing customers a clear view of the action taking place there.
‘Quinta do Bomfim is the heart and soul of Portos Dow’s and our family home in the Douro for a long time. In the wake of the success of the Casa dos Ecos pop-up restaurant, we are delighted to establish a new partnership with the talented chef Pedro Lemos, to once again create a restaurant that celebrates the gastronomy and wines of our region. Inspired by the memories and unique aromas of the old wood stove on the family farm, Bomfim 1896 with Pedro Lemos proposes to recreate this traditional cuisine. We look forward to having visitors experience it,” says Johnny Symington, Chairman of Symington Family Estates.