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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