DOC , a space to “Taste, Dare and Communicate”,is where Rui Paula, with a modern and inventive touch, makes the kitchen a historical laboratory based on several generations of culinary recipes.
Here, every meal is a unique and special moment. Either from the glazed room or from the suspended terrace over the river, the view is breathtaking: the terraces of vineyards and shale, the tranquility of the riverside villages, the trains passing by on the other shore, momentarily breaking the stillness around the valley, large boats transporting tourists over International Douro…
DOC stands out as an open window over this breathtaking scenery, designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2011.
The creative source of Rui Paula’s dishes focuses on the use of genuine regional produce: a kitchen that absorbs inspiration from the Northeast-Douro region to which the Chef gives a personal touch. However DOC’s cuisine is not only about regional products: with the sea nearby, it was fundamental to complement it with the best fish from our coast, crossing concepts where contemporary and traditional gastronomy intersect in a perfect symbiosis.
"Douro is an excess of nature (...) A geological poem. The absolute beauty."
Located in Folgosa, Armamar, on the road along the river between Régua and Pinhão, DOC is one of the most beautiful and romantic scenic routes in the country.
The building, which lays on a pillar base, extends over an elegant wooden deck over the river, and includes a river structure integrating two piers – with a capacity for 15 boats – a wine cellar and a car park.