Restaurant Day!

A Luso-Finnish popup restaurant!
At Miss'Opo, Porto (Portugal)

After the very successful experience in the last Restaurant Day (Helsinki, 18 August 2013), the two former Masterchef contestants Klaus Ittonen (from Finland) and Rogério Nuno Costa (from Portugal) join together again around pans & pots, this time in the Portuguese city of Porto. They will take over the coolest guest house/restaurant/bar in town — Miss'opo — and treat you with a surprisingly elegant and artistic multi-course tasting menu, combining traditional Finnish dishes with some Portuguese flavours — just like a cold scary little herring finding itself caught in an olive oily hot(s)pot for the first time!

As you may have already noticed, Klaus & Rogério won't be serving you just well-designed comforty Nordic food with some nice & spicy Mediterranean "detours"... Above all, Cozinha Finna™ aims to be the ultimate über-sensual cool-inary event in Porto — full of magical word games, reindeer's ambient music, doom metal costumes, sauna-steamed cocktails, Aki Kaurismäki's rêveries, and lots of Luso-viking schlager! Prepare yourself to get all your senses challenged by Scandinavian "weirdism" at its best and, in the meantime, learn some Finnish! It's gonna be mahtavaa!!

The menu (comprising various appetisers, four main courses, and three desserts) will be available soon. Stay tuned! Reservation is not mandatory, but if you want to secure your table, please contact:

ROGÉRIO NUNO COSTA: +351 916 409 998, rogerio.nuno.costa@gmail.com
MISS'OPO: +351 222 082 179, missopo@missopo.com



Restaurant Day is a worldwide food carnival when anyone can set up a restaurant, café or a bar for a day. It can happen anywhere: at your home, at the office, on a street corner, in your garden or inner courtyard, at a park, or on the beach – only your imagination is the limit. Restaurant Day is the world’s biggest food carnival and happens worldwide four times a year, since 2011. All together over 7000 one-day restaurants by estimated 28 000+ restaurateurs have catered for estimated 770 000+ customers in the past Restaurant Days. One-day restaurants have so far popped up in 51 different countries including Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Equador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guyana, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela, USA and Uzbekistan.


2011: Finland Prize, award given by Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland
2011: Cultural Event of the Year, award given by Helsinki City Library and Cultural Committee
2011: Food Phenomenon of the Year, chosen by Gloria Food & Wine magazine
2012: Best Event, Best of Helsinki vote by Helsinki City Tourism and Convention Bureau
2012: Best Mobile Service in Finland, award given by Teleforum
2013: Food Event of the Year in Denmark, chosen by Mat+Medier

Restaurant Day changes Helsinki’s profile by placing the people in the center. Restaurant Day is new and surprising. It is culture by the people for the people.
[Anni Sinnemäki, Head of the Library and Cultural Committee, City of Helsinki & Ex-minister of Labour (The speech for Cultural Event of the Year award]


Start with the planning

Coffee and cakes at the docks, treats from the trunk of a van, a six-course dinner in your living room – what does your own ideal restaurant look and taste like? The more fun the concept, the more happy customers it will attract. Quirkiness is not, however, the main aim – just try to think of a restaurant that you personally would love.

Location is key

In the summertime, favourite spots have included parks, courtyards and street corners. In the winter, Restaurant Day lovers have gathered in homes, offices and other indoor spaces.

Reach your customers

When you have picked a place and planned the menu, sign up your restaurant for our listings. Come up with a snappy name that sums up your concept, decide on opening hours, and fill in other details (you can also edit these later). Your own social media channels (e.g. a Facebook event) will help spread the word further. Please note that all restaurants with a clearly commercial, political or religious aim, or restaurants linked to existing commercial brands, or advertising a commercial space or a business, will be removed from the service.

Be prepared for action
Ask your friends to help out, you will most likely need a hand. Running a restaurant is hard work (even for a day). Working with a team is more efficient, and also more fun. Reserve enough time for preparing your food, have sufficient cold or hot storage space where needed, and plan in advance for possible surprises. Are you able to keep the food hot for enough time? Try to be realistic with the amount of people you are able to serve. It is also good to have a weather plan.

Share your experience
Restaurant Day is based on spontaneity and volunteering. If you have questions regarding running a restaurant, we suggest you strike up a conversation on the Restaurant Day Facebook page, which is followed by other restaurant keepers. There you will find up to date information, and we encourage everyone to share their experiences.

©Restaurant Day [website]