“Casa das Iscas” means the “house of the Fish cakes”, as you can tell from the name the speciality is the Cod fish cakes which are monstrously delicious. Cod is the Portuguese staple and it is so popular that it has been overfished here in Portugal and nowadays most of it is imported from Norway, it is salted so that it can be transported and in turn needs to be bathed in water for 12-24 hours before it can be used; there are over 200 ways of making Cod in Portugal. “Casa das Iscas” has been around for 70 years and has had 3 different owners which have all maintained this particular way of cooking cod, I am glad that I was still in time to try it and I hope with your help the tradition is maintained.
The “Iscas de Bacalhau” cost €4.30 but are enough for 3 people to share as part of your meal, you should also ask for “arroz de feijao” to accompany the fish cakes, this cost €1.90 and it compliments it perfectly.
You should start off with several starters so that you can pick and mix a bit of everything. You will be able to order “Rojões” , pork chunks marinated and cooked in a special sauce, there are two portions, small (€1.40) and large (€2.40). Bolinhos de bacalhau which are small oval-sized fish cakes, they are one of the best I have ever tried, €0.60 each. “Sardinha Petinga” is also one of my favourites they are baby sardines which are fried, €0.20 each. “Entrecosto Grelhado” grilled pork belly is surprisingly tasty for such a simple dish, it is prepared in just the right way, crispy on the outside, slightly spicy and served with olives and pickles, it cost €1.80. “Tripas Enfarinhadas” are tripe stuffed with bread and deep-fried, a tasty and crunchy Portuguese delicacy that must be tried. “Moelas” chicken gizzards served in a spicy tomatoe, beer and white wine based sauce, they cost €2.90.
If you want a little kick with your meal ask for a spicy pickled chilly, cut it up into small pieces and eat it with your meal. If the chilli is too overwhelming you can order the house red, white or Rosé as well as beer to wash it down. I would start with either the red or the Rosé which is ideal to accompany the starters I mentioned. My personal preference is the Rosé (in Portuguese it is called “Espadal”) and then when you get to the monstrous “Isca” order the young white, they were made for each other.
The only downside about this place is that it is a bit out of your way, but the closest metro stop is “Pólo Universitario” it is only 2-3 min walk from there, a small price to pay for the ultimate Man vs Cod Battle.
Address: Rua Igreija de Paranhos 470-474, 4200-328 Porto
Opening Times: Mon: 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Tue – Fri: 12:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Sat – Sun: 10:00 am – 8:30 pm