The legendary Australian eatery has opened its doors to the Middle East
The wait is finally over! Oporto, the legendary Australian restaurant known for its equally famous fresh and flavourful flame-grilled chicken, has officially opened the doors to its first Middle East eatery located at Dubai Festival City Mall. The new Oporto hangout was officially opened following a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Deputy Consular General of Australia John Cavanagh in attendance, as well as eager fans, families and foodies who were able to grab a delicious piece of Sydney’s celebrated Bondi Beach right in the heart of Dubai.
Ashraf Naddaf, Managing Director of Oporto Middle East proudly commented “We’re absolutely delighted to have finally opened our first restaurant in the Middle East at Dubai Festival City Mall. We’re also very honoured to have Australian Deputy Consular General John Cavanagh here to celebrate our UAE launch, as we bring the legendary Oporto experience and fiery taste closer to our Aussie fans in Dubai and to new fans yet to try our amazing flavours and products”.
A combination of Australia’s feel-good vibes with a culinary blend of Portuguese and Southern European influences is how Oporto has become a recognised name for adventure and shared moments that tantalise the tastebuds and sizzle the soul. The Oporto experience is built on celebrating authentic moments together while diving into a delectably delightful array of fiery flame-grilled chicken, burgers and sides. The classic and unpretentious menu features many Oporto flavours and favourites, including their original recipe chilli sauce, their classic flamed grilled Portuguese chicken and last but certainly not least, their celebrated signature Bondi burger, invented back in 1986 by Oporto’s founder and Portuguese immigrant, Antonio Cerqueira. The Bondi burger is an epic feast of flavour that has been made exactly the same way since its creation, with two freshly grilled 100% chicken breast fillets, crisp lettuce, cheese, creamy mayo and Oporto’s legendary Original Chilli sauce. Flavour remains at the heart and soul of every meal, with the quality of its strictly grilled, never fried chicken, a testament to the brand’s journey that has now traversed continents and the test of time, to remain a simple selection of feel-good bites and snacks.
The UAE’s inaugural Oporto transports both old fans and new to a socially cool yet uplifting dine-in experience. Spread over 2000 sq ft, the restaurant can host over 65 guests seated around the indoor and outdoor tables, providing a comfortable and intimate setting to enjoy a guilt-free meal. The laidback atmosphere is complimented by bright and inviting interiors, designed to evoke the brand’s heritage and its evolution to the Middle East audience. A unique wall is also dedicated solely to Oporto’s signature chilli sauce, with row upon row of jars proudly displaying one of the trademark tastes that makes Oporto, Oporto. Bold tones, colours and expansive beach art showcase a visual feast, while equally bold flavours, spices and experiences retain their historical roots, offering authentic, shared moments and something for everyone, simply cooked yet always bursting with flavour.
Located on Level 1 of Dubai Festival City Mall, Oporto is open from 8 AM to 10 PM on weekdays and till midnight on weekends. The launch of the legendary Australian eatery is also the first of a planned rollout of the brand across the UAE and GCC, with expansion plans for Abu Dhabi coming soon.