This Indian restaurant is located next to the hotel I stayed in (the Atismar – see my accommodation tips) and when I visited, one Saturday night, I was the only one in there! Now, this normally isn’t a good sign and is unheard of back home in the UK (Saturday night is always busy for Indian restaurants) but I need not to have worried as the food was very good, rich and spicy and very quick (well I was the only one there, of course!). They serve all the usual dishes that you get back home.
This Chinese restaurant is located a bit out the way on the road that leads away, inland, from the fish and veg markets to the main road. Food and service was very good and quick and they do all the usual dishes that you get back home such as soups, spring rolls, prawn crackers, chicken, pork, beef, duck, squid and prawn dishes.
Open: 12-3pm & 6-11.30pm.
This popular restaurant is located near Baz & Minnies Irish Bar on a street behind the beach promenade. Good food with dishes such as grilled sardines (€6), squid (€9.75), sea bass (€9.75), sole (€11.50), grilled prawns (€12.50), octopus rice (€18), monkfish (€24), half chicken BBQ piri-piri (€6), pork steak (€6), entrecote steak (€9.50).
Touted as one of the best pizzeria’s in town, this is one of a handful that are located along the beach promenade. I had a very good ham & mushroom thin pizza and can definitely recommend it. Other favourites include tropical, vegetarian, Mamma Mia, Hawaiian, Sicilian, Four Seasons that are priced between €8-10 plus cannelloni, tagliatelle pastas, spaghetti and lasagne.
Open: 10am-3pm, 6pm-11pm
This is a Dutch restaurant that’s located along the beach promenade that specialises in all things Dutch – food and drink. I had Dutch sausages which came with two big piles of chips (fries) on each side and was OK but nothing special. Other dishes include omelettes, salads, soups, Donner Kebab, Indonesian/Chinese dishes, pork chops, breaded steak, fish & chips, and burgers. They do a huge range of beers (mostly Dutch) that include Grolsch, Veltins, Carlsberg, Leffe, Tagus, and Westmalle. Service was fairly quick, served by a young blonde Dutch girl.
This place was absolutely wonderful!
They have great seafood and a wide selection. The owner was VERY friendly and the service was prompt. It looks like a dive with extremely bright lights, but don't be fooled. It is really worth it.
Favorite Dish: I would definitely say get the cataplana. Cataplana is a Portuguese seafood dish popular in the Algarve. It also refers to the cooking apparatus used in this recipe. A cataplana is a hinged copper pot.