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“Fun Kitchen Party” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sabor a Fado

Sabor a Fado
Ranked #210 of 598 Restaurants in Funchal
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$9 - US$27
Cuisines: European, Portuguese
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, After-hours, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: We are a family that sings Fado do a little of everything cook, serve the table and played instruments and sang fado come visit us we will be open arms for allso if you come to drink consumer pays minimum of 7€.5 per person with a right to drink
Halifax
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Fun Kitchen Party”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2014

Go for the Fado! This small restaurant seats about 30. It is family operated. Musicians included the son, Pedro, on Portuguese Bass, a guest classical guitarist the night we were there, Mother, Alexandra, (also the greeter), Silvia, her daughter (also the waitress) and daughter-in-law, Sofia, who appears from the kitchen. All know their parts well, both serving and singing. Sometimes two more heads show through the kitchen window to join in a chorus and sometimes the audience is invited to join in song or clapping. I would say they de-emphasized the soulful longing of Fado in favour of some lighter fare for tourists. A good introduction if you are not familiar with Fado. Given that the main attraction was the Fado, the food was satisfactory. We had a very tasty pureed caldo verde and a good espetada (skewered steak) (but not outstanding). We had taken the prix fixe feeling the restaurant might be better prepared for this given the required co-ordination with the show. The night we were there they ran out of their usual house wine and did not hesitate to provide an apparently better alternative. Reservations are advised.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Llangollen, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Best night out in the old town !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2014

Don't be put off if your vegetarian ! just tell them and they will look after you. The family are all very friendly and welcoming, the musicians and singers are excellent. If you like traditional folk music and you don't go here you will miss the best night out and a real taste of madeiran culture.

  • Visited February 2014
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Saundersfoot, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great music,good food and wine,lovely people,heaven.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2014

My wife and I booked here on the recommendation of Trip Advisor members.
Firstly a big thank you to them.Secondly a big thank you to Alexandra and her family for their hospitality,I especially have to mention Silvia who took the time to have a good chat with us,lovely.The food we had,meat on a skewer,was cooked to perfection and the wine went down a treat.Pedro you are some guitar player,on getting home I've played the cd several times,the sound engineer in my opinion captured your virtuosity memorably.I would say to future customers of Sabor a Fado,if you've enjoyed your night with the family don't leave without the cd,you won't regret it.
Thank you again it was an experience that we shall retell many times.
Oh and we will be back!

Visited December 2013
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leicester
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“absolute gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2013

we literally stumbled across this restaurant and i chose to go in because it said they were playing live fado music and it had a menu economico which was 3 courses for 18 euros, perfect for us. walked in and it was a little tight but its cosy and only space for about 30 people. initially concerned as seemed tight and waitresses rushed etc but then, just as we were getting served the magic happened!totally unexpected but throughout the night the waitresses sing whilst serving, they sing songs, the father sings, its just fabulous, all local style music!totally unexpected but it was great, a real intimate atmosphere and great entertainment. food was top notch too, cracking beef and a skewer, they do know how to cook beef in madeira!!!had a bottle of wine and combined with the pleasure of the entertainment in what was like their front room it made for a fabulous evening!!you have to go to experience it, its brilliant!

Visited November 2013
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Vantaa
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“The place to be”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013 via mobile

Average, tasty portuguese food. Athmospherical and beautiful fado music, friendly service; and even the cook was singing, along the waiters! Moderate prices also, you don't have to pay much for great entertainment.

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