My parents live locally and when my family (two pre-teens children) visit Tomar we always lunch out. This restaurant is one we have been to many times over many years. Conveniently situated on the main pedestrian street mere yards from the square, you can take a table outside under umbrellas, indoors with the traditionally Portuguese dark-wood furniture section or in the more modern sleek surroundings of the modern white, red and black furnished eating area.
It's not cheap. But then Tomar is touristy. The menu boasts traditional Portuguese fare and the menus are translated into French, English and German for visitors. A couple of staff speak basic English. When conversing in Portuguese (which the staff do appreciate, and that's not to be sniffed at) they speak slowly in reply, a bonus if your language skills are not fluent. Plus you do get a better idea of what your potential meal order is! Service is usually prompt but beware... if you go in after 1pm for lunch, you may wait a wee while.
House red wine is always good when ordered as a carafe. Be careful to ensure the bit-pricey bread and cheese/ olives starter combo is something you want as it does get plonked down on the table as standard... and you can ask for it to be taken away, should you wish. Main courses are limited to a handful of dishes: the fish and black pork are tasty. They also have a 'Prato da dia' menu (dish of the day... it's what the locals seem to choose, and is markedly cheaper) that gives a choice of a fish or meat dish. Mains tends to come with the de riguer chips and rice but you can request side salad which, though basic, is a generous serving and has a standard vinagrette dressing.
Desserts are again limited but good. Local melon is fab, chocolate mousse for the kids and if you're feeling indulgent and not counting the calories try a deliciously sweet baba de camelo (caramel mousse). And do round off your meal with bika: the sublime, bitter, thick, rich coffee that is an inherent part of Portuguese life.
Service was somewhat tardy on our last visit. Plus the fish/ meat portions were barely enough per person, being bumped up by the carbs on our plates. Prices had gone up. And 'attention to detail' was lacking somewhat from previous visits. I hope they regain their former glory... it used to be great but it's now just another eatery.
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