We make it a point to eat at Lareira Portuguesa every time we visit Madiera. The restaurant is lovely with well spaced tables and an attentive staff. Located just off Estrada Monumental.
The menu choices are varied and although fish is the specialty, our meat loving friends were very happy with their chicken dishes. My chef special fish dish consisted of 4 perfectly cooked fillets. Parrot Fish, Snapper, Espada and one other that I can't recall. It was beautifully presented with a grilled local Madeiran Banana. Wonderful! A real bargain at 13.90 Euros
My husband wanted the Paella but it is not served for one person so our server suggested the Arroz de Mariscos, seafood rice. The tureen that arrived at our table looked like it could feed all 4 of us but my husband managed to finish it and enjoyed every bite! Our friends ordered grilled chicken with garlic sauce and chicken with mushrooms, both were delighted with their meals.As always and quite typical of restaurants in Madeira the sides were served family style. Boiled potatoes, Portuguese yams, carrotts, green beans, french fries and the delicious Milho Frito, fried corn meal. A huge basket of toasted bread with garlic butter is on the table as the guests are seated and unless you tell the server that you do not want the bread, you are automatically charged for it. Of course it is wonderful bread and goes so well with the meals.
Now for dessert. The dessert case in in full view of nearly every table in a brightly lit case that makes them hard to resist.The selection varies nightly but we've never been disapointed with our choices. If you don't order the Lobster which is150 Euros you can have a wonderful dinner of quality food and a fine dining experience for a reasonable price. The ambience is lovely, the food is delicious, there is an extensive wine list, prices are affordable, what more could you ask for! One of our favorites!
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