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“Not impressed”
Review of A Eira do Mel

A Eira do Mel
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed February 16, 2014

We went for lunch a while back expecting really good 'slow food' sadly,we were not impressed,had a not very memorable and absolutely not cheap rice with prawns,we also were the only ones in at the time,had home made ice cream,again sadly nothing to write home about,nothing at all special,sadly wont be going back.



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Reviewed April 11, 2013

We were staying in Vila do Bispo and this restaurant was in walking distance and it had been recommmended to us. We were not disappointed, the speciality is cataplana (for 2) and it is best to have a healthy appetite. we ate there twice and enjoyed it each time, it is not cheap by Portuguese standards but still represents good value, we payed about 35 Euros each for a full menu and wine (the white Chaminé is excellent). The food was cooked to order so a wait is inevitable but worthwhile.

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1  Thank RobertW852
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

I had been to the small market in Vila do Bispo after a walk in the area and wanted to visit the beaches and decided to have lunch first. What a huge disapointment. It looked rustic and the cuisine authentic but hardly anyone in the restaurant for lunch which is a bad sign....the owner was quick to come and take orders but alas as I was on my own I could not have the cataplana as it is only for 2. I did not feel comfortable on by own and the food was mediocre. I was pleased to leave and take a drive down to the beautiful beaches closeby.

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Thank belbest
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

Portugals weather, on the day we visited, represented, literally, the economy. Gloomy, foreboding, relentlessly miserable, not a sign of light thru' the wet gloom anywhere, but more than anything, closed!

{It cannot be too long before an enterprising restaurateur opens a Bratwurst & Chips fast food joint and calls it The Troika}

We know where to go for lunch, collective thinking winning the day rather than drivers instinct, Carrapateira, wrong closed. Either in the village or at the beach, or on the headland.

OK, somewhere bigger, bit of passing traffic likely to stimulate custom, return to Vila do Bispo. What's happening, not much, follow signs for beaches thru' town, "Open", that will do.

Parking right by the steps to the front door we entered and were greeted by a charming young lady, we were the only folk tempted this lunctime. This is a very Portuguese place, but, white linen everywhere, spotlessly clean, stove lit. Bi-lingual menus, and very bi-lingual waitress.

Wanting only a light lunch we each chose completely differently, scrambled eggs with chorizo type sausage, veg soup and vegetable curry with rice. Bottle of v nice white, some fresh crusty bread and sardine pate {made on the premises and totally unlike the stuff out the tin}.

Not one source of complaint from anyone. The special of the day was aCataplana with prawns which would've been delicious presuming the same standard of cooking. The chef was, rather than a little old lady, another vivacious young lady, who, once duties in the kitchen had been completed on our behalf, resumed ironing the freshly laundered tablecloths, {using one of those machines one has always wanted to buy but never been able to justify the cost}

Room for pud, no, well how about coffee, "yes" and the famous 'Queijo de Figo'. Fig cheese, what's that, spying a carton I see it is described as Fig Nougat. It isn't nougat, but, Fig, sliced Almonds, Cinammon, the local fire water, Medronho, Honey and other bits. It is black as tar, quite malleable and v tasty, most importantly not too sweet, meant to be eaten delicately in thin strips, not just stuffed into the gob lustily as my lady companions chose to do with the bars they had for takeaway.

I will certainly return, for a longer lunch, maybe an evening meal, depends on who I can persuade to drive!!

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1  Thank Nicholas G
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

Food: Excellent;
Service: Very Good;
Hints: "Cataplana de Camarão" a "Queijo de Figo".

The journey: if you are a fan of off-road trips (like I am), its a nice place to go when you travel from Carrapateira to Lagos, along the cliffs of the "Coast Vicentina", just by the sea. You can drive along the coast, from "Carrapateira" to "Cabo de São Vicente", have a nice lunch here, and drive along the coast, just by the sea, just to "Praia da Luz", near Lagos.

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