We wandered from our apartment, as we do quite often, to this restaurant/bar and sat outside in the patio area, which is paved with railway sleepers and has rustic tables with canvas chairs in a cool garden atmosphere. A caneca of Coral each and some peanuts as an aperitif (while we take advantage of the free wifi to Facebook).
Earlier in the day we had booked a table and ordered our food, although you do not have to of course, and after we had finished our drinks we went inside and into the restaurant.
The restaurant is atmospheric with chairs that have horse heads carved out of them and we look out over the inside training ring with a jump in the centre. All the furniture is similarly carved and adds to the ambiance.
We enjoy some delicious soft cheese with biscuits or bolo de caco (with garlic butter) or shell fish as a starter and then our Espada (black Scabbard fish) with Banana and Passion fruit sauce, boiled Porto Santo potatoes and traditional vegetables comes, which is cooked perfectly with vegetables al dente. We accompany this with good wine from the Alentejo.
We finished with a delicious dessert of ice cream with a fruit from a tree in the garden - seems like a cross between mulberry and cherry and definitely to be recommended. The owner picked some fresh to show us.
We could have asked for transport on a horse drawn vehicle but we were too close to need this attractive offering. The service is attentive and we found the whole experience without fault and left knowing we would return.
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