If you like a small restaurant in the touristic part of town, with the walls full of tiles and populated by locals, try this non-expensive restaurant. The owners are a very friendly and warm couple that receive the clients as guests in the (look like) dining room of their house (they live upstairs). The grill is always on and the fish is as fresh as just fished. As an ex-fisherman the owner picks the fish in the fish market as it was for himself, so the quality and the freshness is certain.
Favorite Dish: Grilled fresh fish and octopus
"Cabidela" (a kind of risotto made with chicken parts and blood)
"Chanfana" (old goat stewed in wine)
"Bacalhau" (any kind of Cod Fish)
Stopped by for lunch (purely by accident) on the way to Porto and I sat outside on their small terrace.
Waiter was very busy setting up, but took time to chat. He spoke perfect English (was born in Rhodesia). Service was prompt and courteous (the place was nearly empty).
They have just designed a new wine list with over 120 varieties and have daily specials.
They are located on the north edge of a small park, very close to the canal.
Favorite Dish: Had an appetizer of Octopus (which I won’t normally eat), bread, crisps and olive oil.
It was very tender, unlike the rubbery texture to which I'm accustomed.
The main course was “O Bacalhau” (Grilled Cod), Alheira (Pureed Sausage - a very light coloured sausage made from chicken), on a bed of salted spinach. I also ordered a glass of regional red wine.
Very tasty indeed, and the final price came to just under €20.
Since we didn’t want to eat in a touristy fish restaurant, we ended up in a Chinese restaurant.
It was quite dark in the restaurant. The place seemed to be popular with the locals on a Sunday for lunch. I had fried noodles with shrimp which were prawns which costs Euro 5.50. But the portion of noodles was quite small which I found unusual for a Chinese restaurant. The coke and Super Bock beer cost Euro 1.20 each.
... hummmmm... like in heaven... I'm in heaven...
Favorite Dish: As for sweets, the recipes from the former regional contents are religiously respected; 'raivas', 'ovos em fio', 'castanhas de ovos', 'bolos de vinte e quatro
horas' and... 'ovos moles' - this last one, my favorite (in the picture) is... a very sweet sweet...
There are numerous seafood restaurants which offer fresh fish and ...
But if you don't want to go out (especially during the day), just buy some fresh food in a 'Frutaria' or some bread and cakes in one of the wonderful 'Pasterias'. So you can have a nice meal for €1.50. Later take a 'Bicha', an Espresso-like Portugese coffee for €0.35 or a good glass of Portuguese beer or ...