Monday, May 9, 2011

Feeding the five thousand - fish restaurant in Portugal

We just got back from a fab trip to Portugal, visiting Marc's family.  As always, it was a fairly well lubricated few days.  Fortunately for us, local Portuguese wine is both surprisingly cheap and perfectly quaffable.

Being beside the seaside meant that eating out was mainly fishy. One restaurant in particular, Casa de Pasto Ze Leiteiro, was really excellent.  It's not somewhere you'd ever find on your own as a tourist and, in fact if you did, you'd probably walk straight past. 

The place is definitely basic but is apparently always packed and for very good reason.  The princely sum of 10 Euros buys you a seat at the table.  A very long table that you will undoubtedly be sharing with other people - but that's all part of the fun.  Once seated the food starts flowing, starting with fresh bread rolls and a very flavoursome tomato salad.  The waiters then start bringing platters of fish.  There's no menu, just whatever has been caught that morning simply grilled.  It's as fresh as can be and you can certainly tell.  We had squid, sea bass, wild salmon, dorado and probably others that I've forgotten and I enjoyed every mouthful.

Pudding, included in the price is something very simple, such as creme caramel or baked apple.

If you ever happen to be in the Algarve, it's worth a trip. Unsurprisingly, they don't have a website but this is the address:
Rua Portas do Mar, Armação de Pêra

The pictures of the beaches are from Sagres, where Marc and I stayed at a gorgeous boutique hotel called Memmo Baleeira . Sagres is a little surf town, very different from the rest of the Algarve - very unspoilt with absolutely stunning, virtually empty beaches. 

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