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“Gone off the boil”

Van Gogh Restaurant
Ranked #19 of 23 Restaurants in Boliqueime
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 12 August 2014

I am truly puzzled by the excellent reviews of this restaurant. We found ourselves alone on the night we visited. Weeds strewn all around the large and uneven stone steps into the restaurant. It took two of us to slide the door open enough to get in as the tracks were blocked with debris.

A timid waitress took our orders and we enjoyed the fabulous view. The children went to play in the play area but soon abandoned the neglected area in favour of hide and seek in the large unused areas outside.

We started in true Portuguese style (where they bring breads etc to the table unasked but charge you for) but the only accompaniment was rather smelly and strong packets of fish pate that no one liked on the rather stale bread.

The main courses were reasonable I guess, but the roast meats were of a machine sliced variety common at Christmas work dinners! The 'prawns in a sauce' main dish came with heads and tails attached, pray how do you peel a prawn when it's covered in sauce???

Oh, and avoid the children's 'hamburgers' as they are the horrible proper HAMburgers, you know, like the ones you got at the fairground as a child. Truly inedible.

Maybe our expectations were too high as the restaurant is big, in an incredible location and stylishly named....... but the clincher was.....6 out of the 10 of us had gippy tummies starting the morning following our visit. Bear in mind that the previous three meals we had were home cooked (we are all skilled foodies) so there was no doubt in our minds.

If the guy sat inside at the bar drinking Guinness was the chef/owner I would say, greet your guests and don't leave it to a waitress who looked like she would rather be elsewhere, oh and you might want to give 'Gordon Ramsey' a call because the location and size of your place is close to perfect, but everything else needs work.

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8  Thank handycrowd
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

Staying in a local villa, we decided to try the nearest restaurant - Van Gogh. There were 7 of us in the group. We chose the Portuguese dishes from the menu - chicken pairing pairing & steak Portuguese style. Food was tasty, carrots and beans nice and soft, portions very generous (you might want to ask for smaller portions if you've a small appetite). We chose chicken breast from the kids menu, which was very tasty home cooked food, not frozen packets re-heated. Prices were moderate (12-13 Euros). Deserts were good (profiteroles, gateaux, cheesecake) testified by empty plates!! We drank the house white (8 Euros) which was pleasant and a more cost effective option. There were wine options ranging upto 49 EUR, but house White was fine.
We would eat there again

Play area could do with updating but this was not a priority for our visit.

View from the table across the countryside to Villamoura & Albufiera was delightful

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Thank DOakesy
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

Amazing views, and thats it... Very poor quality food, the "roast" lamb tasted of, er, well nothing . Roast potatoes? Nope, boiled potatoes fried in the chip pan, carrots and green beans boiled into a total submission of taste It was all so greasy tasting.The price was cheap, but if you want any semblance of quality give this place a very wide berth.

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10  Thank StokeOatcake
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

food was good so was service, the play area was full of thistles on the ground so when baby sat down she had thistles stuck all over her, I then got a splinter in my hand when playing with her, and then noticed a rusty screw stuck out on the slide, come on guys get it sorted

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Thank lessmith718
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

What can i say about this beautiful amazing place, Breath taking, peaceful, amazing, We were greeted with a warm welcome and the service was first class. The food was beautiful i had the breaded garlic mushrooms which were the best i have ever tasted, then the lamb dinner the roast potatoes were delicious and i could not eat all the lamb it melted in my mouth, pofitaroles cream and ice cream, mmmmm if you asked me what was the downside i honestly cant say one bad thing about it. if you get the chance to go dont miss out . Definatly would go back.

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Thank mammalotta
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