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“Beautiful Spot with food to match”
Review of DOC

DOC
Ranked #1 of 8 Restaurants in Armamar
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $177
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Good for: Scenic view, Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Douro is river, villages and suspended vineyards on imposing slopes. It's wine with designation of origin but also D.O.C, Taste of Certified Origins. It was based on this analogy that, in 2007, the DOC restaurant was born. Situated in Folgosa, Armamar, on the road between Regua and Pinhao, in what is one of the most beautiful scenic routes in the country, the restaurant occupies a building of contemporary lines with a picket based that extends along an elegant wooden deck overlooking the river. Designed by the architect Michael Scott, the structure also includes a river dock with capacity for 15 boats, a wine cellar and a car park. It's a place of enormous beauty, blending the grandeur of the vineyard covered mountains and the serenity of the Douro river and the riverside villages, only awakened by the regular passage of the train. DOC serves as a window on this breathtaking scenery, making every meal a unique and special moment. Since it opened, the restaurant has been the target of a growing recognition of press and public. David Lopes Ramos, the 'Publico' renowned food critic, thus referring to DOC, in an article published in the 'Fugas' supplement: "DOC is a unique case, because, alone, made the Douro kitchen Douro sophisticated and creative in a level previously unknown. This in Douro, our most prestigious wine region. "
Reviewed May 26, 2013

Get there while the sun is still up so that you can enjoy the wonderful views from the terrace, sitting right on the river dock. We only stopped for late afternoon snacks, but the service and food could not have been lovelier. This is a special occasion spot for a full dinner if you are on the budget, but definitely worth the experience.

Thank Elyse E
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Reviewed May 26, 2013 via mobile

...so good! We loved it. We each had different tasting menus paired with wine for lunch. Simply stunning food. My octopus carpaccio was incredible, followed by an asparagus cream soup with scallop and mushroom ravioli, followed again by salt cod, and beef tenderloin. Each course beautifully prepared and presented. Each wine artfully selected. We spent way more than 200 Euro for lunch. Worth every sou.

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Thank cperrera
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

Let me start with apologizing for the long review, as this restaurant gets many positive comments and although the restaurant only has 2 forks in the Michelin guide the chef appears to be a local hero, I'd like to thoroughly explain why we came to this conclusion.
We've been to many Michelin starred restaurants in more than a handful of countries as well as in much more simple, less pretentious (and i.m.o. better!) places in Portugal.

The location looks very promising: very nice architectual building overlooking the Douro, modern interior, probably very good location to sit outside during Lunch (we went for Dinner).
If you look at the pricing (70 euro for a 5 courses tasting menu), the reputation of the chef, the quality of the wine list and the size of the black brigade (5 staff for about 20 guests) you'd expect an almost Michelin star experience or at least something special.

Service

The service was very inefficient, at times outright bad, the staff looked uninterested and bored (all except for one young lady who tried to correct part of it), wasn't observing, and made no connection with the guests.
With 5 people running around to serve 20 guests you'd expect the service to be tip top. Well, that wasn't the case.

Examples:
- We were never asked if we wanted to order an aperitif (which is the first question in almost any restaurant), and we would have wanted one, although the water waiter had already opened a bottle of water and refilled our glasses three times before we got the menu.
- We were unable to make contact with any of the staff for 7-8 minutes after we got the menu and had to ask for the wine list when they came to take the menu orders.
- The wine (already served too cold) was thrown in a bucket with ice without asking us, so we took it out again.. no contact with the sommelier.
- When they asked us whether we liked one of the dishes and we said 'well, to be honest, not that much.. because.. and then explaining it', nothing was done with it, just a nod, nothing more.
- We weren't able to order a dessert wine for dessert, simply because all wine serving staff appeared to have vanished.. simply didn't see anyone or could not make any contact without displaying indecent behaviour. The water waiter was still around but he didn't do wine.
- When we left and told them this was a very bad experience for us, what followed was apologies without watching you in the eye at all.. no contact, didn't feel like they were interested at all.

Menu

We ordered the tasting menu, 5 courses with an intermezzo. All the plates were beautifully made up and decorated, looked really good!

1st course: Foie gras with figues and apple. Foie gras had a nice texture but was virtually tasteless.. I thought it was oxidized at first but that wasn't the case. If you serve Foie Gras, please get better quality.
2nd: Trio from the sea: lobster was tasty and very well cooked (not easy to keep it tender), squid was a bit gummy, sauce and foam surrounding it were there for the looks, not much taste in it (foam was even bitter, destroying part of the flavor of the lobster).
3rd: Sea bass with potato mousseline, sea bass was of good quality and tasting fine, but it was accompanied by hazlenut and small pieces of baked out ham or bacon, completely eradicating any subtleness. the mousseline was a bit chunky, could improve.
Intermezzo: apple foam with a caramelized walnut: tasty, pure and well done!
4th, main course: suckling pig with some vegitables and it's sauce.. tasty and well done again.
5th: dessert, large volume, three different tastes (was a lot of tawny port in one of them, so we were in a way still having a dessert wine), nothing special.

To summarize: The quality of the Menu doesn't justify the hefty price tag, and the service and staff attitude is outright appalling. If you want to go out for dinner in the Pinhao area there are many restaurants that are less pretentious but offer good service, have interested and knowledgeable staff and give you a better experience.

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3  Thank vervoto1
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

This restaurant has it all. Is located in a modern house situated on the shore of Douro River in the road that connects Peso da Régua with Pinhão, so the view and the atmosphere are very good. In the summer days you can sit outside on the deck looking into the river and the magnificent Douro Vineyards landscape. But even inside the full glass wall allows you to enjoy the scenery on more cold days

The food is also very good, as this restaurant belongs to chef Rui Paula. Ample variety is available and both the ingredients as well as the presentation attention to detail are the result of extensive care.

Being this the Douro Valley, Douro Wine is recommended and ample choice is available.

All in all, the view, the quality of both ingredients and the way they are prepared plus a very friendly and efficient service makes this restaurant an experience not to be missed. Reservation is recommended.

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Thank Miguel M
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

What a find. Lunch on the picturesque Douro river, a great menu with items skillfully prepared, and attentive service.

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1  Thank butravel
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