Abanico: Great Food
Great Portuguese, Spanish and Swiss dishes at affordable prices in friendly environment. The salad is great, as well as the soup and deserts. The place is run by a family from Northern Spain and Portugal who worked in Switzerland and pride themselves on high standards of hygiene. The location is on the left side of the road from the University to Mateus Palace. Parking usually available. Great value for money.
Favorite Dish: Abanico steak is one of the best dishes and the mushroom sauce is great.
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Hotel Quality Inn Casa da Campeã: Good traditional Portuguese food
Restaurant at the Hotel Quality Inn Casa da Campeã is very good. There you may enjoy some traditional food from the North Portugal and also the good wines from the Douro region (Ocotber 2004).
Restaurant is not too big so you may reserve ahead as we did – at the reception desk you may choose from the varied menu what you want and order it to a certain hour. When you arrive you won’t have to wait, just the perfect time to enjoy some appetizers and dinner will soon be served.
Although food is very good and not too expensive, you will surely pay a bit more than you would at a traditional restaurant in some small village on this area of the country.
Quinta do Paço: Good service and nice ambiance
We had dinner twice in the Inn where we stayed – Quinta do Paço (May 2004). Their restaurant is very pleasant; it has a kind of selected ambiance but with traditional Portuguese food. Food is very good and so is service.
We got the idea that the restaurant was very popular among locals, as the restaurant always had more costumers than the Inn.
The restaurant is not as cheap as some other in Vila Real, but it is surely worth the price, as apart from being tasty, there is plenty of food in each portion, I could never manage to eat all they gave me.
Deserts are also very good, so don’t eat too much of main course and save some appetite for the deserts. :-)
Several open air cafes: On a sunny afternoon
While strolling in Vila Real take some time to sit at one of the several open air cafes and enjoy.
We went to one of the cafes on the photo and pastry was very good (Avenida Carvalho Araújo). Also, sitting there quietly chatting to friends and mingling with locals is very nice. It gives you the chance to observe locals and their customs, as this city is not touristy so most of the people surrounding you will surely be residents. Traditions, accent and customs vary a lot from north to south so don’t miss the chance to learn a bit more about the Portuguese way of living.