If it wasn’t for the “art” word between the others that form the name of this modern restaurant you could think it served just comfort food. The truth is that Bugo serves classy comfort food – what is there not to like about author burgers? Regardless of your choice, all the burgers are grilled perfectly, accompanied with exquisite ingredients with an appealing dish presentation. This restaurant was mentioned on the The New York Times article “36-hours in Porto” as a must try while in the city.
Bugo Art Burgers is located at the pedestrian part of Miguel Bombarda Street, nowadays a thrilling arts district of Porto, with a lot of art galleries and stores selling author design pieces along the street. The decoration is modern and sophisticated, in wood and light blue colors, with decorative details by Catarina Machado. If you go at lunch you can have the executive menu and choose a burger and a sauce for about 8€. After that, go for a stroll at the nearby and beautiful Crystal Palace’s gardens, with views to the river. On sunny days you can take advantage of the outdoor seating.
At dinner, the menu card is really surprising. The Barrosão DOP (13,80€) is just delightful: great organic beef from protected origin, with potatoe milles feuilles and bacon, all covered with a Chestnut sauce. Other yummy options include a burger with port wine and serra cheese (9€) or the oriental assortment (13,50€). If you want to stick with the fish, you may try the salmon burger (12,50€) or the monkfish and shrimp burger (13€). There is also a veggie burger (7,50€). Bugo is not just about burgers: it also serves delicious desserts, and it will be up to you to decide between the chocolate cake (3,5€) or the Bailey’s cheesecake (4€), a tough choice.
Bugo is becoming increasingly popular with Porto tourists and locals. Advance booking is recommended and at most weekend nights you cannot have dinner without a reservation. To sum up, this is gourmet in the shape of a burger! :)