I ate here a couple of times during my stay in Cascais. The first time was on my second night, during the pre pre Euromeet meet on the Thursday night. A group of us headed for food, and ended up here
There are a number of tables here, belonging to the various restaurants that border this square. Including Chequers and John Bull as well as O Poeta, which is the 'Barbie pink' building.
O Poeta specialises in Portuguese Cuisine, which includes Fish- especially sardines, seafood, beef, pork and steak cooked on a hot stone! There are also pizzas, burgers, salads etc.
The waiters are all very friendly and helpful, and ours obligingly took many photos of our group.
A nice atmosphere, perfect for groups of friends, families and couples.
Favorite Dish: I thoroughly enjoyed my squid, which although was grilled and served with boiled potatoes, it was very different to my previous nights meal. This had garlic and a light sauce.
This was washed down with a nice wine-we purchased a few bottles to share.
I'm not sure of the cost -we divided the bill between us, but it was an average price for Cascais.
A group of us went looking for dinner on our first evening and settled on O Poeta mainly because it was the first restaurant we came to that could seat all seven of us. But it proved to be an excellent choice. The service was very friendly: one waiter happily took loads of photos for us as one camera after another was handed to him, and another came over to say goodbye when he finished his shift part way through our meal. And we liked the location, with tables set out in the busy Largo Luis de Camões. Incidentally, Luis de Camões was a noted Portuguese poet, hence (I assume) the name of this restaurant.
Favorite Dish: The menu had plenty of choice, and all of us were happy with our selections. I enjoyed my grilled squid, which were served with boiled potatoes and spinach, and other dishes that came in for lots of praise were the sardines and Andy’s “steak on hot stone” (which you cook yourself so can have it exactly done to your own taste). I also really liked the “couvert” which consisted of delicious soft cheese to spread on the good crusty rolls.
It seems I was too happy to be finally at my second VT Euromeeting to make any note of the prices, but I do recall that everything seemed reasonable for the quality.
Just a short walk from our Hotel Albergaria Valbom and the Train Station, is CASCAIS VILLA SHopping Mall. Well, on the Third Floor, there is a huge Food Court, serving everything from pastas, lasagne, hamburgers, Portuguese dishes, sushi, coffee & pastry and subs.
Twice, Hans and I had lunch at COMPANHIA DAS SANDES a sub shop. For 4.99 Euro we got Menu #1 which included a tuna or chicken sub, with french fries (batata) and a drink (pequeno). There was more than enough to share, so it was a good deal for us.
Another bonus at the Food Court, is that on one end of it there is a wonderful outdoor terrace with views of Cascais.
We learned about the special dinner promotions of Thursdays BBQ Ribs n Chicken Dinner at SAL RESTAURANT through some little flyers that were being passed around. So one night, Hans and I decided to try them out. We walked up to Rua do Poco Novo, which was just up the street from our Hotel. We were there early at 6:30 and found out when we got there that they didn't open until 7:00 p.m. A young lady soon came to the door and invited us in anyway.
We both ordered the BBQ Ribs n Chicken Dinner (7.95 Euros) which also came with chips and a side salad. Well, they were delicious. Smothered in a wonderful BBQ sauce were two small portions of ribs and two small portions of chicken. More than enough for the two of us.
Favorite Dish: SAL also offers a Lunch Set Menu Monday to Saturday 11:30 to 15:00
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As Hans and I were both in the mood for Italian, we checked out their outside Menu Board and chose PORTO DI MARE. We were seated inside. You can sit out, but on that day it was cool and quite windy.
Hans had the Lasagne Bolognese which was 6.90 Euros and did not come with any salad. Just a plop of dried up lasagne which Hans said was not very tasty.
I had the Spaghetti Bolognese which was 6.90 Euros and did not come with any salad ( oops, oh yeah, it had a spoonful of carrots on the plate). It was probably the worst spaghetti I have ever tasted and a very small portion. The sauce was greasy and the very few noodles that were on my plate, were gooey and tasteless. And we weren't even offered a bit of parmesan cheese.
I guess you could say we were very disappointed with our meal. We didn't go back.
Many times Hans and I passed this little restaurant, after coming from or going to our Albergaria Valbom Hotel. It was always busy at lunch and always busy at dinner (after 7:00 p.m. )
So we checked out the menu and one night we thought we would try FLECHA AZUL. Hans had a craving for an omelet, so had the Omelet with Ham, cheese and mushrooms (Omelete Mista 5.50 Euros). He says it was delicious and it also came with chips. I had grilled pork chops with chips (Costeletas Porco 5.50 Euros), which was also very good.
You can either sit in or eat out, as there are two or three tables set up outside.
It looked like a family run restaurant. The two brothers looked like twins. Their restaurant was clean, cozy and nicely decorated. I would recommend it.
Up a few steps from the Municipal building was a small restaurant called Dom Pedro. There are only 5 or so tables outside and not many more inside. The service was friendly and the food was excellent and reasonably priced. The five of us went through two liters of the house wine at only 5 euro per liter. We had a selection of fish dishes and all were very good. Including bread, cheese, wine some beer, water, was 80 euro for five.
We had a very late dinner on tuesday here with a small group
Favorite Dish: tropical salade tasted good but missed a few things inside what was on the menu.
the pineapple was from a can and there was no other tropical fruit in it.
there was a special kind of cheese top was cut off and you could tip a cracker in it.
i think i paid around 8 or 9 euro s for the salade so paid around 16 for salade drinks and cheese.
most paid around 25 to 30 euro i think
We sat inside but it is possible to sit outside too
Thanks to gillybob we had a dinner in Al Fresco on sunday evening. I forgot my camera so got no pictures of the dinner
Favorite Dish: most had a lasagna i had white fish
A popular restaurant in a busy part of Cascais, i had a nice Cheese Burger here one lunchtime with quite a few VTers. The food that other people had also looked really nice including the Sardines and Chicken Salad.
This is a place that you could very well just walk past without noticing and even if you did notice it situated down on a small cliff from the road it does not look much, we went on our last day and had cake and sangria, it was lovely. The food looked like it would be great as well as all the fish in the chiller cabinet looked lovely and fresh and there was a wide variety of other snacks and Hor Dourves.
the sangria was lovely and the cake.... well it was a mixture of almond, biscuit and Chocolate cakes with Ice cream and cream on top. lovely.
We went in this Restaurant on my last night, It has very nice Decor and the service was excellent, we ordered Pappadums to start followed by a mixed starter of Bahjis and Samosa. I ordered Chicken Dupiaza but asked for it to be Hot Vickie had Chicken Jalfrezi and we shared a Garlic Nann.
The food really was fantastic and it is certainly the best Indian i have had while abroad and one of the best i have ever had, it certainly is on a par with the Cafe Lahore in Oldham. The only fault if i have to find one was with the mango Chutney etc that came with the Pappadums, i would have prefered some onion with them but really that is nothing.
I have to say that it was the best Dupiaza i have ever had, it was perfect. I am only sorry that i did not try some of their other dishes. It was that good that it may well be worth another trip to Cascais just to eat there.
O'Neils Irish Bar is a good place to meet friends or to call in for a drink after walking around in the sun. Service is good but seems a little unorganised behind scenes especialy during the day. I prefered to pay for my drinks as i got them instead of running up a tab, thereby making it easier for the staff when they try to remember what people on certain tables had had.
The decor is typical 'Irish pub' style They do not serve a wide range of food but the BLT's certainly looked nice.
It's €4 for a pint of Carlsberg or Super Bock,
Favorite Dish: Those BLT's look nice
I called in here for brunch, as I'd noticed that there were lemon pancakes on the menu. I also chose freshly squeezed orange juice and a coffee.
A pleasant stylish place, with light decorations and minimal furnishings. Seating inside or out on a decking platform, above the pavement.
It seemed to be popular with local office workers.
I didn't realise until I was getting upto leave, that this place was opposite Alberge Valbom, which had become one of the VT Euromeet HQ's due to the majority of VTers staying here. There was even a VT flag wrapped around the lamp post outside.
Favorite Dish: I enjoyed my light pancake with a dusting of icing sugar and lemon wedges as well as my coffee with milk and glass of freshly squeezed orange juice - .
I ate here on my first night in Cascais, with Gillybob. It was the night of the pre pre pre Euromeet meet.
There are many restaurants in the centre of the town, most have menus displayed outside.
Some restaurants employ staff to 'tout' for customers (although it's quite low-key), this one didn't.
Seating inside and out. Menu in Portuguese and English. Friendly staff.
I chose grilled squid - (Squid/ Calamare is my traditional first night of holiday meal), which was served with boiled potatoes (lovely flavour!) and lemon wedge.
I really enjoyed this meal - although it sounds quite bland, the subtle flavours made it taste quite fresh.
Gillybob went for Portuguese Sausage, which was covered with a fried egg. She enjoyed this, despite it being 'more like a croquette' than a banger!
We were quite impressed with the rotating rack that was turning multiple chickens over the grill.
At the next table there was a group of people, of mixed ages and nationalities - They weren't VTers, so we wondered if they were a 'rival' group. It turned out that they were all here for a wedding.
Fortified - we returned to O'Neils and the pre pre pre meet