by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
May 21, 2001
This family run
restaurant has a real homey feel - lots of green plants, sunny murals on the walls and an outside rear patio on the second floor. The small bar on the main floor has a limited selection but I did try vinho verde, a Portuguese specialty. Also called green or new wine, it is made and bottled without the usual amount of aging. I found it light and slightly bitter - worth a try but not
enough to make me switch from the full bodied reds that I enjoy.
The menu is billed as
Portuguese and International specialties and a sidewalk sandwich board lists the daily features which included grilled chicken and lots of fish dishes like grilled sardines, prawns and catapalana, a hearty fish and prawn stew that is a specialty of the Algarve. I ordered another Algarve specialty of pork and clams. The cubed pork was pan fried and then combined with clams steamed with garlic and other spices. The large serving came with cubed, fried potatoes and at 1650$ escudos (less than $10.00 US) was a bargain..
The restaurant is on a quiet back street, across from the Cultural Center and near the Santa Antonia Church and Lagos Youth Hostel. As well as indoor dining and the back patio, there are a few small tables outside at the
entrance. The restaurant is open from 9am until midnight daily.
From journal Portugal's Algarve Region