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Any new thoughts on Porto, Peso da Regua and Chaves?

We had close to 3 weeks in Portugal, so we were able to sample a lot of regional dishes. I probably preferred the Douro wines over the Dao and Alentejo, but all were good and reasonably priced (8-12 dollars per bottle). All in all the food was kind of hit or miss, but in Viseau we had quite possibly the best meal ever. It was a regional veal stew at a restaurant named O Cortico. Divine! Starter, bottle of wine, and two courses was something like 25 dollars per person. Very reasonable. Prices were similar in Evora. We had a fantastic lunch at Dom Joaquim, but nothing else to really speak of. Both Porto and Lisbon were a bit more expensive, where prices ranged from 25 to 50 per person. By far our favorite dinner in Lisbon was at Alma. That was closer to 60 per person, but we did it up that night. I wrote up a short piece on Olivier Café because it was very disappointing (although it seems to receive good reviews overall). Link to that below.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8411...

I completely agree with you on Porto. Overall, we were very disappointed in the food there. On our last night we randomly stumbled upon a restaurant named Forno Velho in the Carris Hoteles. I’ve yet to write a review on it, but certainly will…it was very delightful! Great food, service, and very reasonably priced. I think we paid 40 a person.

If you ever return, you must go to O Cortico! In retrospect, we wished we had stayed in Viseau for one more day, just to have another dinner there!

Nov 14, 2012
BillUbell in Spain/Portugal

newer restaurants in Lisbon

Cantinho do Avillez was very good, and certainly worth checking out. We spent 5 days in Lisbon,and Alma was the best meal we had.

Avoid Olivier Cafe. This restaurant redefines mediocrity. We had cod with risotto and chicken breast, and that was exactly what we got. Our dishes were prepared well enough, albeit a bit under-seasoned, but there was absolutely no creatively exercised anywhere. The staff was just competent enough to not receive negative feedback here, but don’t expect anything beyond minimum effort. We were greeted by the restaurant manager, who was pleasant enough, but quickly shuffled off to a nearby table to smoke cigarettes for the remainder of our visit. For the price, there are certainly better restaurants in Lisbon.

Nov 12, 2012
BillUbell in Spain/Portugal

Any new thoughts on Porto, Peso da Regua and Chaves?

My fiancé and I spent 3 days in Porto, and struggled to find a reputable restaurant that prohibited smoking (note to travelers in Portugal, this was a real struggle. Even the most highly rated restaurants usually permitted smoking somewhere in the restaurant, which, for non-smokers, essentially means everywhere. And after visiting numerous restaurants recommended on trip advisor and chowhound, we found this to be consistently true). We passed a hotel restaurant at Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira, and found the menu to be enticing...sort of a modern take on some classic Portuguese dishes. This ended up being the best restaurant we frequented in Porto. All of our dishes were exceptional, and the service was excellent. The servers were both attentive and knowledgeable without being overbearing. If you’re in Porto and looking for a reasonably priced, exceptional meal in a non-smoking environment, check this place out. And post your comments…I’d be interest to see if others had as positive of an experience as us.

Nov 12, 2012
BillUbell in Spain/Portugal