Francesinha is a gastronomic treat from Oporto considered by Aol Travel as one of the best 10 sandwiches of the world. Be sure to taste it!
Let me introduce you to one of the most unforgettable gastronomic experiences you will have in your life: The Francesinha! Considered by Aol Travel as one of the best 10 sandwiches of the world, Francesinha, which means “little French girl” has nothing little about it, trust me.
In spite of some versions dating the Francesinha to the 19th century, it is commonly accepted that a returned immigrant, who decided to adopt the French croque-monsieur to Portuguese taste, invented this popular dish in the 1960’s. Thanks to this remarkable man we can all enjoy this delicacy made of bread, steak, sausage and ham, topped with melted cheese and doused with a special tomato-beer sauce. And has any native of Oporto would tell you, the sauce is the secret ingredient, that turns each Francesinha special and makes the difference when it comes to choose the best place to eat this delicacy, as each restaurant has its own recipe.
Usually, the Francesinha is served with chips and be sure to order a “fino” (a thin glass of beer) to compliment your meal.
There are some variations of the original recipe that may include champignons, fried-egg, prawns and shrimp, for instance.
Later one I will make a post on a different Francesinha called Francesinha Poveira, from Póvoa de Varzim, but for now enjoy the one from Oporto.
Where to eat a Francesinha
As said, there are several places serving Francesinha and each inhabitant of the Oporto city has a favourite one. Here are some of them:
- Capa Negra
Rua do Campo Alegre, 191
Site Capa Negra
- Bufete Fase
Rua Sta. Catarina, 1143
- Café Santiago
Rua de Passos Manuel, 226
- Ar de Rio
Avenida Diogo Leite 5
Ar de Rio
- Bar Prioridade
Rua da Lada, 76-78
Site Bar Prioridade