Bouros Santa Marta is no more than a row of houses along the road on one of the routes to Peneda-Geres National Park. We were staying at the Pousada in the next village where the food was expensive and not to our taste to say the least. Investigating a better deal we made our way West from the Pousada coming across this small unassuming restaurant about 2 or 3 kilometres along the road. It's probably about 5k East of Amares.They have a car park above the main road which was convenient. Making our way up the steps to what really appeared to be no more than a cheap bar we had misgivings but the locals drinking around the doorway beckoned is in to be greeted by the patron. He showed us through to a fairly large but simple dining room which was illuminated by the ubiquitous TV screen but the only table occupied was by the kitchen staff. This was about 7.30pm and our first reaction was that perhaps they had a good lunchtime business and we were too late for a proper meal. We were completely wrong. The kitchen staff were shooed back to their stoves and after a lengthy search a menu in English was presented. There was a large selection of mainly grilled dishes which were virtually all listed as suitable for two persons. We ordered veal brochettes between the two of us and a bottle of red wine. The cheapest wines started at 4euros per bottle, not including the even cheaper wines available by the carafe,so we pushed the boat out and ordered the second most expensive bottle of red available for 6 euros. And very drinkable it was too!
The restaurant was by now busying up with locals calling in to eat so I think we were now becoming aware that the place had a good reputation, when our meal arrived we could see why. A very large serving plate arrived with fried potatoes, rice,some salad, and two large kebabs of veal ,peppers and onions on top. We could barely eat all the meat because of the generous portion size and had to leave some of the fries and rice. All this came to a total bill just over 22 euros including the usual bread and olives, the wine, and a large bottle of water.
This was great wholesome food if you are hungry-as we were, fantastic value, and despite impenetrable language barriers we were made to feel really welcome. Every village across the world needs a bar/restaurant like this.
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