Expecting it to be fairly busy at Sunday lunchtime, I obtained the restaurant's phone number from their web site and called to book a table. There was no answer on either of the numbers given so I sent them an e-mail asking for a table for 2 for 12-30.
The web site indicates that the opening hours are from 12:00 noon on Sundays but when we arrived at 12.25 the door was locked & there was no sign of life. The doorbell went unanswered so after a 10 minute wait we wandered off to find an alternative venue for lunch. Nothing in the near vicinity appealed to us & by chance, at 1-00 pm we saw from the top of the road that the Baia do Peixe appeared to be open with diners seated on the terrace. So, we went in.
The restaurant supervisor who greeted us asked if we had a reservation & so I explained to him about the unanswered phone calls and the e-mail. He said that his colleague only checks e-mails once a day and it would have been better to send the e-mail yesterday. Yeah, right!
We were given a table for 2 on the inside of the restaurant but next to the terrace - which was not partitioned off and on which there were several people smoking. This vile habit has been banned in most restaurants in Portugal for several years but some places - and the Baia do Peixe is one of them - who flaunt the law by allowing smokers to sit under umbrellas on the terrace / balcony from where the gentle sea breeze causes their noxious vapours to invade the interior of the restaurant. We asked to be moved out of the direct line of the smoke but even on a table several metres from the balcony, we could still detect the tobacco odour.
We ordered a mixed seafood grilled platter (€48,- for 2) and half a bottle of white wine (there is only 1 wine offered in half bottles on the wine list - which is rather limited for such a place).
We were otherwise distracted when the wine came and I did not notice until after the bottle was opened & presented to me that it was a full 750 ml bottle & not a half bottle. I told the waiter that I had ordered a half bottle and that we did not wish to drink so much so please could he bring what I ordered. He returned with the full bottle a few moments later insisting that I had ordered a full bottle and that was what we must have!
I refused and told him to take it away & call the supervisor. He offered a grudging apology and eventually brought a half bottle of the wine - which was not chilled.
The food was nothing spectacular.
The lobster & prawns were slightly overcooked, the mussels were almost all inedible (barely warm) but the clams were tasty.
I shall never understand what the psyche is about the reluctance to present a bill after a meal at so many Portuguese restaurants. Is it fear of being challenged or what??
I asked THREE times or the "conta" but it never materialised so in the end I had to go the the bar counter and ask the cashier for the bill which I paid there & then & left (never to return!)
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