I have visited the Gordinni restaurant at the Marina in Cascais on a few occasions and have been very satisfied so i was looking forward to visiting the one in Estoril.
The restaurant is situated on the Avenida Marginal (on the sea side) so is simple to get to. Just turn into the car park from the main road. When leaving you need to drive up the road until you reach the next roundabout if you wish to head back towards Cascais.
The restaurant is very smart, certainly an upgrade on the other one I have visited. The staff were quite friendly and we were given a table next to the windows that overlook the bay. We went in the evening when it was dark but given the location, this restaurant affords fantastic views during daylight and probably at sunset. I was delighted to find that there was plenty of room, with no one sat right behind me as is the case in some other places.
As we were all quite hungry, we decided to choose Picanha - a dish of thinly sliced sirloin steak which is served with black beans and rice plus some dipping sauces. As i ordered my steak medium rare, mine arrived quite quickly, whereas my companions, who ordered theirs medium, had to wait quite some time after me. In fact, I had eaten probably half of my dinner before theirs arrived. One of the good things about having Picanha is that you can eat as much as you wish. When you finish one plate of steak slices, they will bring you another. I did order a second dish - and ate it - but I was a bit disappointed with the quality. Certainly not as good as other restaurants that i have had this dish and certainly not up to the standard that the restaurant appears to aspire to.
Typically, we ate too much to bother with dessert so then we had the entertainment of getting the bill. Not only did it take ages to arrive, but it was wrong when we did get it. The restaurant prices are more than those of the other restaurant in Cascais - that is accepted given the location and quality of the interior - but we were charged more than the menu indicated for both the wine and the food. When we questioned it, we were told that the English version of the menu was out of date! This made each dish 8 euros more than in their other restaurant less than 4km away! The wine was an even bigger joke. We chose a bottle of Vinho Verde which was shown as 11 euros on the menu. When we got the bill we had been charged 18 euros! When questioned, the waiter (who clearly thought we were idiots) tried to tell us that the bottle was 11 years old, not 11 euros!! His face was a picture when told that Vinho Verde is young wine meant to be served before it's 1 year old, so what were they doing trying to serve 11 year old wine?
It's a real shame because the restaurant clearly aspires to be one of the better restaurants in the area and from a location and set up point of view it succeeds. The food wasn't bad and had we eaten another dish we may have said how good it was, but the service and the circus at the end with the bill was unnacceptable. Almost as if the attitude was to rip off any tourists they could.
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