I had read a glowing review on Civil List SMA and, after scouting the restaurant on a walk through a few days before, decided we would give it a try.
The dining room is cozy and elegant. The service is attentive. The food is delicious. In fact, you could find yourselves overfilling yourselves with the bread, butter, olives and tuna pate which are delivered to your table soon after ordering.
The wine list is very overpriced. A glass of Las Moras Cab Sauv, a bottle of which could be had at the Soriana discount sale for 68 pesos, went for 75 pesos. The prices by the bottle looked to begin in the high 300s. A restaurant should be offering you a choice at around 180 pesos.
I started with a brie filled beignet with ginger compote. Actually 3 beignets come on the dish so great for sharing. Had I been more adventurous, and I wish I had, I would have opted for a more savoury beignet, the one with bacalao in the middle.
My wife and her friend split a salad and bacalao au gratin. An ample meal for them and divided very nicely. I tasted the bacalao and it was very mild, soft and tasty.
I had the mustard seeded pork loin wrapped in pastry with an accompaniment of roasted apples and onions. The pork was perfectly cooked and the presentation was outstanding.
My margarita with a house tequila was only 50p.
I am always looking for international cuisine as an alternative to the totopes, tortillas and guacamole. This portuguese cusine based restaurant deserves your attention.
open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The lunch menu had some intriguing dishes as well at a more economical price.
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