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Tasca Literaria Dona Joana Rabo-de-Peixe
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Ranked #82 of 645 Restaurants in Funchal
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$18 - US$36
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 23 July 2014

It was the decent attitude of the waiter which made us stay. We simply liked that we were given some time to have a look at the menu on the street on our own instead of being immediately approached. Traditional starter bolo de caco followed by a good portion of scabbardfish with banana and passion fruit were a delicious experience that was completed by live piano music. Thanks to the food, service, atmosphere and reasonable prices we do strongly recommend.

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Reviewed 26 June 2014

I am surprised by the lack of great reviews for this restaurant, one of the few to have live Music and great food each time we Went there. It did help that we had a Maderian friend with us who spoke with the waitress and established which dishes were good.

Tasca Literária Dona Joana-Rabo-de-Peixe opened for business in 2011, and was the epicentre of an art project – Art e Portas Abertas (Art Of Open Doors) in this old .

The tapas bar was named after a book by 78-year-old Portuguese artist, writer, and politician, João Carlos Abreu, who grew up in Rua de Santa Maria.

Local and international artists were invited to paint the doors of shops, houses, and garages to turn Funchal’s poorest and most neglected neighborhood into a contemporary art space.

This restaurant was the first to receive a renovation, by Marcos Milewski who created an image of a bookcase stacked with colorful novels to reflect the author, who remains enthusiastic about the Art Of Opens Doors initiative.

This was the second time we have been here and had a great experience . We ate a multiple of dishes including sausage sizzled at the table, and assorted Tapas.

We also drank Lime Ponchas . A good time was had by all as they say.

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Reviewed 18 June 2014

We took a walk down the old town to find a place to eat and to seek out all the artwork in the area. The walk through the old town is very interesting particularly with all the doors to these businesses having art on them. You do feel a bit like you are running the gauntlet but it is all part of the experience. We were stopped all along the way by staff trying to entice you in and came in this restaurant because we were hungry and because we quite liked the door! Inside the cave like atmosphere is interesting and it's decor adds some interest though it's difficult to grasp what the character of the place is. It's definitely a case of an identity crisis. Dusty books sit with old plates, shoes, wine bottles, everything really. There was a pianist playing cheesy tunes fairly well but is seemed to add to the character of the place. The food that followed was ok although the menu was uninspiring so it took us a while to decide what to have. We both opted for soup. Although the soup I had was really fresh and seasoned well, my husbands was forgotten. We didn't complain but shared rather than spoil the experience. For mains I chose tuna, hubby chose steak Béarnaise. The veg were overcooked (as was my tuna) and the Béarnaise sauce was out of a packet. Shame but then we noticed there were three cooks all working in the tiniest kitchen area we've ever seen. The chips were replaced with polenta as I'd asked (wonderfully fresh) but the salad was out of a packet and old. The merlot was expensive and awful, not off but it had oxidised slightly so it had a lot of sediment in the bottom. All in all an expensive meal that wasn't worthy of its price tag and not an experience we will repeat again soon. Lovely waitress and interesting pianist but still not enough to take me back in there.

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

I selected Lamb Cutlets from the menu, with chips and vegetables. My wife selected Grilled Prawns, with potatoes and vegetables.The Lamb Cutlets were as tough as old boots, possibly from a ram that died of old age and my wife's single,large Grilled Prawn wasn't much better. Both lots of veg were soggy, possibly boiled since last Christmas, but the chips and potatoes were quite good.

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Reviewed 28 March 2014

The decor is lovely but another case of tables too close together for privacy. I was drawn in by the piano music and that was nice background music.
The service was slow, they weren't busy. Food was fine but nothing special. Plenty of others to try so no justification for a revisit, for me at least.

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