Cool name for a restaurant... “Taverna dos Trovadores - que bebem do branco e do tinto a qualquer hora do dia ou da noite” (“Tavern for the Troubadours - who drink white or red wine at any time of day or night”)...
I had lunch at the place, which is located in São Pedro, about 2 kilometers south of Sintra. Nice restaurant with local food, and I also had a typical Portuguese dish of small deep fried mackerels (Jaquinzinhos?), and it tasted really good.
Pendoa is both a restaurant and a shop where you can buy some souvenirs. It has only a simple dining room with lots of souvenirs items along some walls. Here they serve a menu of the day, but also have a menu with various typical Portuguese foods.
I have to thank VTer Rita Simoes who found the right address of this place.
Favorite Dish: When I first went there I had a jardineira. It is a mix of vegetables and meat. It was good. The second time I had bachalau a braz and a cup of arroz (rice) com leite as a dessert.
This Summer we visited Sintra once more, can't get enough and visited the amazing beaches by the Coast - Praia Grande (big beach) and Praia das Maçãs (apples' beach), near Colares (meaning necklaces, love these names). The sand is immaculate, the water is cold but is fun to brave the cold water especially when the sun is really hot and it's never too busy.
We went to Búzio Café (not to confuse with Búzio restaurant the fish restaurant) by the car parking area. It's perfect for breakfast, a lunch snack, afternoon tea, after a day at the beach and a drink after dinner.
They have an amazing selection of regional cakes and pastries such as Pastéis de nata and Queijadas (the famous mini cheese tarts) and traditional savoury snacks and sandwiches also available. Queques Bibió are the speciality, small muffins that go well with everything - we tried a few different ones and one of my favourite is Pastéis de Londres. Make sure you go inside and check the cakes displayed, there is a lot to choose from.
Apparently the ownership changed and things are looking just great. Everyone knows this local cafe so just ask and you will find it. It has a nice outdoor seating area in the sun and you can enjoy a drink there too.
A great thing about this place is that it is right by the last stop of the old tram line that runs from Sintra all the way to the beach and it's a great way to visit this beautiful area.
Favorite Dish: My favourite pastry is Pasteis de Londres, delicious combination of ground almond with rich egg yolks and a caramelised sugar syrup creates an amazing little snack to have with your coffee or... beer, caipirinha, etc.
I ate lunch at Restaurante Alcobaca during a day trip to Sintra in March 2011.
Alcobaca is located on the side street of Rua das Padarias, across the square and slightly uphill from the National Palace in the centre of town.
The menu features a number of Portuguese specialities, including caldo verde, chourico sausage, a large selection of bacalhau cod dishes, seafood cataplanas and steaks. There are also salads, burgers, pizzas and pasta dishes.
The dining room is rather odd and has something of a cave like feel to it. The ceiling has the appearance of dripping wet stalactites.
Unlike in many Portuguese restaurants, the appetisers weren't automatically placed on the table, but instead were brought over by the waiter who enquired as to whether I would like them. The selection of bread, cheeses and prawns looked tempting, but on this occasion I declined them.
I opted for:
Bacalhau a Bras - Price: 8.95 Euros
Codfish with eggs and "chips" that were reminiscent of thin dried noodles. It was topped with three black olives and was accompanied by a side salad consisting of grated carrot, lettuce and cucumber. It was delicious!
House Wine: Vinho Verde - Price: 5.50 Euros for 500ml
A nice jug of cold white wine.
Unfortunately, Alcobaca's dessert menu didn't include the famous local "queijada" cheesecakes, so I skipped dessert and instead went next door to the Piriquita bakery to indulge in a couple of queijadas.
Traditional Portuguese cuisine in the heart of Sintra. The Bacalhau a Bras was delicious!
A bad start (Tito wanted "migas" with is stake and got the answer that "migas" could only be combined with entrecôte... why?), continued with the disputed "migas" (that I ordered with... entrecôte) and that were more "açorda" than "migas" (after two weeks in Portugal you will be prepared to understand the difference).
After that, everything went well - the other dishes were approved, and lunch was good - until the end: credit card was out of work, what forced me to go to a close ATM machine.
Favorite Dish: I only had entrecôte with migas, and it could easily be better. The other people had different stakes, without complaints
I can't say much about this restaurant, because I only had there a quick meal.
The general idea was positive: the service was fast and gentle (I went late and there were only a few clients). Some starters (the cheese was very appealing, but I'm above 60...), the house wine was good, I ordered grilled sausages that were well served, and after coffee, I paid less than 10 €, however, the average price rounds 15 €.
That's a restaurant that deserves a second visit, to check a more elaborated dish.
Driving from Sintra to Azenhas do Mar you pass thru the little village of Praia das Macas (Apple Beach). There is a variety of restaurants right in the middle of the town. The two ones right on the road "Oceano" and "Buzio" are expensive but the others in town are good and value for the money. We recommend "Nautilus" were you get excellent fish and meat dishes.
On the main tourist square, the Cafe Paris was a decent place for a light lunch after much walking up to and down from the Castle. Sandwiches, soups, cold water and a sprightly and fruity sangria. Geared for the throngs of tourists.
The owners greet you and welcome you with a liqueur, a sweet wine from Douro region. Then a long list of exquisite food follows, accompanied by one selected wine, specially bottled for this restaurant. The ambiance is joyful, not very loud, and very colorful...
Favorite Dish: The Bacalhau a Regional; codfish cooked with cheese on top, crisps, veggies...
First, the positives, because yes, there are -- if you are with a car, the location. If you are coming from Pena Palace, it is right at the end of the (one-way) road where you exit called Calçada da Pena with a huge parking place where shade below the huge trees afford relief on a hot day. And service is quick.
Otherwise, you won't come here for the food, unless there are other places available. Yes, there were 2 other restaurants nearby, but they were full when we came, so we picked Indian Palace. The naan breads were very oily, and didn't come with any sauce, the sauce for the meat filled pastry called chamuça was with so much artificial color, it looked like we were served with shocking green paint! The tandoori chicken was tasteless and hard, and worst was the lamb kebab which looked inedible, with so much red and pink coloring that it looked like a rubber toy, and practically tasted like one. And don't even try the carrot milk dessert, because it might turn you off carrots for life!
As to price, it was even more expensive than other Indian place I've been to elsewhere in Portugal -- places which I will not hesitate to recommend for quality and price! The only thing going for this place really is the location, otherwise for the quality of their food, a second visit is not even worth considering.
Favorite Dish: The lamb curry could pass.
We went to visit Sintra and someone recommended a small restaurant nearby. So, we went to a small village, Colares, and to a restaurant near a beautiful XVI century Church. The place is a refurbishment of a 200 year old grocery store and it´s fabulous. The food is fantastic, excelent service and an amazing choice of wines! The desserts are unique!
Although we were staying in Lisbon (45 minutes), we just had to go back and try a few more dishes and it really was worth the effort!
Congratulations! Definitely the best meals we had in Portugal!!!
Favorite Dish: The Octopus fillets with azorda, cataplana, scrambled eggs with chorizo, duck magret, cod in the oven, etc
My Michelin-book told how famous this very old cafe/bakery is,and how delicious their cheese-cakes are.We didn´t know what they look like,and we didn´t know they would have so many different kinds of cakes,so we didn´t know witch ones where the famous queijadas.So we checked what the local coupple took,and take the same ones.But I belive we took the wrong ones.These didn´t taste like cheese at all.Tell you the truth,they didn´t taste nothing at all..Are we just dummys for not to think these great?Anyway-if you want to have the original ones,be clever and ask witc are the famous ones.
Favorite Dish: They had good and cheap special-coffees.
When goming down from the palace of Pean,we were soo hungry.So we choosed the first palce we saw after leaving the bus at R. do Visc. de Monserrate .The place was allmost next to toy-museum,and had tables outside.
The prices weren´t so high,but neither was the quality of the food either..Of the chicken was boneless and skinles like we like it,but had none spices!!It came with a slice of lemon,witch we tried to squeese as much as we could,so we could have some taste on in.But it did taste like nothing anyway..
Favorite Dish: -
Place was located very centerly,and it showed on the prices.It was our wedding anniversary,and we wanted to have something sweet,so we went in for crepes.
The weithers were very rude.First they didn´t even pay attention to us,and then they didn´t bring us our creps for a long time,even if many others had had theirs much sooner.I don´t know if this was one of the places,where they don´t like if you look little different,like my husbands long black hair.
The prices were really high from other places in Lisbon and Sintra.One crep was 6,60 and with ice-cream 7,80e! 0,5 L bottle of still water was 3,50e!At every other place it was 1,50e.Luckily the creps were good,but we would not recommend this place because we felt so un-wellcommed!
Favorite Dish: Creps were good anyway..
As Hans and I rode on the little train, we couldn't help but see a large group of VTers sitting outside on the terrace of the BRISTOL. We waved as we passed by and after our little train ride, walked over to join them. Hans and I both had something to drink. Many others were having a bite to eat, as their prices were quite reasonable and they offered fish and chicken dinners, as well as omelets and french fries. Their ice cream prices were good also - a lot better than we paid at the other place.