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“Excellent food, but go later!”
Review of Porches Velho

Porches Velho
Ranked #5 of 26 Restaurants in Porches
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Portuguese
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: Hidden away in the quaint Algarve village of Porches, Porches Velho is worth seeking out for high quality food and a secluded country setting looking out to the Monchique Mountains. Housed in a 210-year-old wine cellar, Porches Velho has retained original features in the open plan dining room, including the wooden beams criss-crossing the 5-metre-high ceiling and the latticed windows that fill the room with the beautiful sunlight of the Algarve. The terrace is a splendid place to dine in the summer, whilst the wood fire in the hearth keeps the dining room warm in the winter. Surrounded by rustic farm tools and the huge aquarium of brightly coloured fish, you can enjoy a menu rich in Portuguese specialities, all prepared with quality produce and crafted by owner Sr. Candeias, who successfully fronted the renowned A Lanterna restaurant in Parchal for 25 years. Fresh, not farmed, the fish served at Porches Velho includes Smoked Swordfish. You can also try the popular Medallions of Black Pork with chestnuts and sweet potatoes, as well as Rabbit, Fish Cataplana and succulent steaks. There is a range of traditional desserts and all dishes can be complemented by a selection from the Portuguese wine list, offering something from all areas of the country. Friday night is Fado Night at Porches Velho and this is the most entertaining time to dine, with traditional, soulful Portuguese music playing whilst you enjoy your meal. Private and spacious with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, Porches Velho is an ideal venue for groups and celebrations and has hosted several successful wedding receptions.
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“Excellent food, but go later!”
Reviewed 21 September 2013

Ate here on our first night, good service and great food. The grandmas casserole was delicious and so different! We were almost put off going in because it was empty but the waiter explained Portuguese people don't eat until after 9pm. We went at 7.30 but would have gone later if we'd realised we'd be the only people in there until 8.30! Was still lovely and would recommend, feels very Portuguese inside!

Visited September 2013
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Berlin
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Feeling at home”
Reviewed 7 September 2013

This was the only restaurant during our ten day trip where we went twice. The host really made us feel at home, explained many dishes and clearly enjoyes his role. The food was excellent Portugese style. It is a relaxed Environment. Overall, we really were surprised that it was not booked out every evening - don't miss it!

  • Visited August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Delicious dinners”
Reviewed 31 August 2013

We have visited Amandio and his team at Porches Velho many times and again this summer we were delighted to enjoy another wonderful meal. Fantastic food, carefully cooked and beautifully presented with thoughtful touches such as bringing children's food out first. Service is so warm and friendly in fluent English or gently encouraging Portuguese if you want to try out your language skills. We look forward all year long to returning for a meal here and we dream of the amazing desserts!

  • Visited August 2013
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“Best fish Portuguese in the Algarve.”
Reviewed 10 August 2013

I've eaten at this restaurant about ten times and it is always excellent. The staff are very friendly and flexible to your needs. The fish and steak are great particularly the prawns and fresh fish cooked local style.

  • Visited August 2013
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Madrid
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“A Portuguese experience”
Reviewed 27 June 2013 via mobile

If you want to try real homemade Portuguese food you should try this restaurant. The quality-quatity-price is really good. We recommend "the grandmothers chicken". The service is also outstanding. Once a week you have Portuguese live music.

Visited June 2013
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