4.5 based on 354 reviews
The first time we wanted to visit this rated restaurant in Grandola it was closed, as was the Commercial Centre in which it was located. From outside the locked gate, the whole centre looked shabby, and we wondered if it was living on past glories. This time the gate to the Centre was open, but the restaurant still looked dark and unprepossessing from the outside. Once we pushed open the door, however, it revealed a classy oasis of good taste. The heavy wooden tables were laid and dressed with Martin tablecloths and yellow runners, surmounted by heavy, quality cutlery and plates, and sparkling wine and water glasses. The decor was in keeping with 3 large talhas or wine vats dominating and dividing the dining and bar areas, one doubling as a wine cabinet. The chairs were heavy, wooden and cold, and no cushions were available for more sensitive posteriors.
This preamble is to demonstrate that this is no small town, Alentejano 'tipico' restaurant. This is a class joint. The two efficient and smart waiters sported long aprons, matching the table cloths.
The menu had all the specialities and highlights of Alentejo Cuisine, from Migas and Açordas to the black pork specialities and wild boar.
We only intended a lighting lunch as we were heading for Lisbon, but temptation could not be resisted and we departed replete. The stewed eels (Ensopado de Enguias) are a favourite and a rare opportunity. We were offered the choice of thicker or more slender eels and opted for the meatier ones which came in a stainless steel pan in a rich tomato sauce. . Instead of padding out the pan with slices of fried bread, this came in the form of crispy cubes, perfectly brown and ready to absorb the sauce. As sides we had arroz com feijão (rice with red beans) and grelos salteados (sautéed greens), which were a rather small portion, and a little too oily.
For dessert a home made gelado com bolachas (biscuit ice cream) with an egg yolk dressing.
All were excellent, efficiently served, and seeing the choices of other diners who rapidly filled the restaurant, the kitchen is on top of the task.
This may well become a regular lunch break for us on our drives to Lisbon from Lagos.
4 based on 369 reviews
Restaurante com capacidade p/ receber vários grupos.<br>Parque estacionamento próprio p/ dezenas autocarros, centenas de automóveis e camiões.<br><br>ESPECIALIDADES DA CASA<br><br>Pataniscas de bacalhau com arroz de feijão<br>Migas c/ bacalhau na brasa<br>Migas com carne de porco<br>Jantarinho Alentejano <br>Pézinhos de porco c/ grão<br>Ensopado de Borrego<br>Arroz de bacalhau
In our way back from the Algarve we decide to stop for lunch. We know the region, but decided to look at TripAdvisor. This was rated #1. We all agree: the food is very good, for those who like Portuguese food, and particularly Alentejo food. I has "migas de bacalhau". The other chosen option was " migas de carne". If were to chose again, I would keep my first option.
Busy, big - a typical side road restaurant - but efficiently served.
Each dessert is also plenty enough for two people. We asked for melon and "travesseiro de noiva".
Surely to repeat in other similar opportunities.
4 based on 48 reviews
Great food in general. Staff is welcoming and attentive. Good prices, not expensive at all. Would recommend anytime.
4 based on 114 reviews
4.5 based on 156 reviews
Certainly attractive externally; whitewashed with blue trimmings. Inside, it looks like a cross between a traditional delicatessen and a cake shop but penetrate a little further and there's a not very obvious restaurant.
Rather an odd room, not all that big, with most tables apparently on the cusp of being available for diners but not laid up until punters appeared. In fact, a couple of tables were already occupied when we arrived but I can't say that either of the parties in situ looked relaxed or particularly comfortable.
We were beckoned in by a very smiley lady of the mature-hippie variety and then, very slowly, the evening unfolded. This place operates with a staff of only two; the aforementioned abstracted lady does the front of house whilst wafting around at a snail's pace, and then a much younger girl cooks at the back.
Everything seems to occur in a rigid sequential order so there is a lot of hanging around until it's your turn to get something e.g. cutlery, drink, food, bill, etc. Once it was identified that we were british, the very nice young cook was turfed out of the kitchen to explain the implications of the tiny menu sketched out on a small blackboard hanging from the wall. Once we had expressed a preference for meat, this left about three options. Sometime later, my pork tenderloin pieces in orange sauce turned up. Perfectly serviceable. Not so Mrs EPR's dull lumps of chicken washing around in a nondescript sauce; a very dreary dish.
So far we had been in residence far longer than anticipated so we declined dessert and requested the bill. Another party had left just beforehand to pay at the till in the shop so we then had to wait another 25 minutes whilst they were dealt with. This involved a long debate about payment methods and the whereabouts of a cash machine. By the time we left we had been there for nearly two hours having only consumed our main courses, some pre-meal cheese, and a small carafe of wine. I did wonder what it was like on a busy evening!
Obviously we had plenty of time to consider our surroundings. The restaurant seems to double up as gallery for aspiring artists (I spent the evening opposite a canvas depicting the rear view of a large lady in a red dress scratching her right buttock).There's a lot of car-boot sale type bric a brac in the room plus a collection of rather attractive, elderly, wooden dressers dotted around. Any awkward silences are avoided by some kind of jazz radio station playing in the background.
Definately a very anachronistic establishment, but apart from the interesting experience there would be nothing to attract me back again.
4.5 based on 157 reviews
This was our second night in this area..very pleasant people, nice feel to the place and the food was great. Grilled Tiger prawns as a starter were outstanding , then we had grilled salmon..so so fresh & tasty..then to finish a chocolate cake..rich ..with nice coffee. ..a very nice dinner
4 based on 86 reviews
It's not easy to find a genuine place around Troia / Comporta since this paradise was discovered by the world. The old places where some years ago you found genuine food are gone and nowadays you get lounges, sushi spots, or expensive fish restaurants. There is no genuine Alentejo food at fair prices like this place . Do not except any fancy tables or gourmet food . You will get grilled meat, mainly pig , migas, some rices and Alentejo simplicity . 20 € each for a very good meal Deserts and lots of wine included . Abanicos is a must have dish !
3.5 based on 93 reviews
I've been visiting A LAnterna for more than 15 years, either on the way down south or when driving back from Algarve.
Don't expect fancy food, but what they offer is a fast & friendly service on traditional Portuguese home dishes. They do them well enough to keep us coming back.
It is definitely a nice option on the way to or from Algarve
3.5 based on 56 reviews
Villa Seafood is the ideal place to enjoy the great tastes of the Alentejo coast product! Situated in the quiet Grandola village, has the maximum capacity of 58 seats. Regional kitchen where cooking products come from the local market. We have available: charcoal grills (fish and meat), seafood, pot meals (pasta, curry, seafood rice, among others), high quality desserts made by our Staff. Villa also boasts high quality beer, three Beer Drive with total capacity of 1500 liters. Be sure to the visitor! You will find certainly good reasons for a brief return!
We had the dog with us so we took lunch on the Terrace.
We didn´t enjoy the fumes and noice of te street.
Both of us took the same fish dish. The fish was dry, should have come with a sauce.
The local white wine drunk easily.
Including the olives and bread we payed 30€.
3.5 based on 143 reviews
We booked for 13.00 and it was already filling up fast on an August Saturday, with both foreign tourists and Portuguese, presumably invading the Comporta peninsular via the car and passenger Ferries that link these beautiful Beaches with Lisbon, little more than an hour away.
It's a very fish biased menu, and not too pricey compared with a rival like the upmarket Sal just down the road at Pego beach, with sardines, mackerel and various fishes of the day on the menu. Service was friendly and the good came pretty quickly, but it is all soaked in the same cooking oil and, to be honest, a bit greasy. So a good option if you are on the beach already, but not one to go out of your way for.
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