As we mentioned on the homepage of restaurants in Lisbon, Portugal has a rich gastronomy from north to south.
In the north of the country, the dishes are very strong, like the feijoada to the transmontana or the guts to the fashion of the Port.
In the Alentejo, there are many specialties based on game meat and the famous black pig.
On the coast and in the south, grilled fish are the reference as dishes based on fish and shellfish, seafood rice, caldeiradas or cataplanas.
The seafood is a delicacy much consumed in Portugal, the crab, the prawns, pocket knives, clams.
From north to south, you will find many famous snacks, the roasted chorizo, the black pudding, the alheira and the cheese and sausage boards.
On this page, we share our experiences of restaurants in Portugal to have lunch or dinner always accompanied by a good wine.
Quinta do Quetzal
In addition to visiting the farm with or without tasting to know the history of the quetzal farm, they have a restaurant to sample the traditional flavors of the Alentejo with a magnificent view over the vineyards of the farm. The menu is short which makes it easy to choose, simple but with an exquisite touch.
Gazpacho and farinheira à Brás for starters, the fried cacao and the black pork ribs as main dishes are good choices. For the wines, do not hesitate to let the expert guide you to associate perfectly with your dish.
Besides the dishes and the view (preferably at lunch), the service is impeccable. Smiling, communicative, they transmit the passion for the wines and the dishes served. Thank you to Pedro Durant.
Service: attentive, friendly
Space: magnificent, perfect harmony between the fifth and its natural envelopment
Wines: good wines, namely Rosé Guadalupe, Branco Wine Selection and Cabernet Sauvignon and Quetzal
Vidigueira, Alentejo – Approved June 2017
The region of Bairrada, in the Center of Portugal, is known as the Leitão region. With so much choice in Mealhada, one of the main cities in the region, it is difficult to know where to taste the pig.
We do not know if it is one of the best, but we were well satisfied. Churrasqueira Rocha is a traditional Portuguese restaurant, with a relaxed and familial atmosphere. But here we speak of a great room, with some noise.
The menu is wide with grills and steaks but the Portuguese passing through this region, enjoy to eat pig. The suckling pig is good, with good servings, accompanied by homemade chips and a salad.
To associate with the piglet, we advise a sparkling wine, namely Santo Domingo with the region’s grape variety, the Baga, ideal to accompany the fat of the pig. The restaurant is good value for money.
The entrance, there is usually a queue, have to indicate your name in the list. Will be in a row, called.
Service: fast, with smile
Space: simple and traditional – canteen type
Wines: Espumante São Domingos
Mealhada, Bairrada – Approved August 2017
Go to Fatima, not only go to the sanctuary! Make a stop at Dom Duarte Restaurant.
At first sight, it looks like a traditional restaurant, with typical dishes, but goes beyond.
The dishes are good, with slightly different accompaniments than usual, but what stands out is their wine collection. They have high quality wines that are not found in supermarkets and with a philosophy that consists of only having wines up to € 20. We can thus associate a traditional dish with a good wine.
Depending on the chosen dish, ask Fred, the restaurant manager and let him choose for you without looking at the price.
Thanks to Fred for creating a traditional restaurant concept with a beautiful wine list.
Environment: convival and familial
Service: attentive, friendly
Wines: from north to south
Fátima, Ribatejo – approved every year