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“Lunch in solitude!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Portvcale Lounge - CLOSED

Portvcale Lounge
Price range: $11 - $27
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Description: Welcome to Portvcale Lounge, a relaxed and laid back Portuguese restaurant/bar in the centre of the world heritage city of Bath. It's family run and the food is freshly cooked by the mother. Traditional "petiscos" and cataplanas as well as other main dishes like "bacalhau a Bras" or "Frango Piri Piri", followed by a exquisite list of wines from the North, Centre and South of Portugal. Also to try are the different types of Sangria (Red, White and Champagne)and the different freshly baked desserts on offer daily.Come and indulge yourself to one of the oldest gastronomies in the world...the Portuguese.
Naples, Italy
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“Lunch in solitude!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013

We have been here in the early day of January....for a quite late lunch! When we arrived at the restaurant after our booking at 2pm, we didn't find anyone there....strange but deviate!The waiter, the son of the owner has been very kind and friendly. We were aspecting a very busy place, so he reassured us It was not commune to be alone there, but this was the right place!
They have a special offer during weekly lunch and pre-dinner: 2 tapas+drink for 8.50£!Very convenient!!!
We ordered 6 tapas and a desert: creamy mushroom, fresh peppers, peri peri chicken, lamb sauce meatballs and red wine beaf....all very very nice and well cooked!Just the sixth, the cheesy chips were average...too sticky and not the best frozen chips quality (we knew they were frozen). The desert was not a home made one (they have homemade desserts, but unfortunately they were not available that afternoon), a triple chocolate ice-cream....no bad!
Good alcoholic and not alcoholic drink menu, good service, good music and atmosphere.
We recommend it!

  • Visited January 2013
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Bath
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99 reviews
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“The perfect blend of Mediterranean flavours and Portuguese hospitality”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

Bath is lucky enough to boast quite a few independent restaurants, and a sure sign of popularity is to meld the lunchtime trade with a bustling evening crowd. This is what Antonio, the owner, manager and personality of Portuguese restaurant Portvcale, has obviously managed to achieve.
His recipe for success – a laid back, authentic atmosphere channelling a country he obviously loves, with perfect, warm service from the smiling man himself and delicious food made by his own mother, who will come out into the restaurant and chat to you.
We visited early evening on Wednesday, where a few diners were already lingering over wine – a couple sitting by the window enjoying a romantic evening, and then another table full of friends laughing over a jug of speciality sangria. We sat at the bar and treated ourselves to a passion fruit and orange martini – made by Antonio, and with the sweetness of the fresh exotic fruit perfectly balanced with the sharpness of citrus. The Mediterranean music, combined with the leather banquets and brightly painted walls, definitely gave us a feeling of being abroad and in the kind of laid-back joint where you could linger over a bowl of olives and forget the outside world.
But we were here to eat, and our stomachs were growling as they saw what the other patrons were tucking into, so we grabbed a menu and got choosing. Portugal offers a few main courses – steaks and seafood courses that would happily satisfy any hungry diner – but we were here for the option of authentic tapas, which we’d heard was the true highlight of the restaurant. It was nice seeing such a wide selection of items on the menu, from old favourites of calamari and roasted chorizo, to more inventive options of ‘Porco Pimentao e Coentros (pork marinated in wine with peppers) and clams in garlic and coriander sauce. Despite the fact there were only two of us, tapas is made to be over-ordered, and so we got comfortable at a table and employed the services of Antonio to help us decide what to eat. He recommended the crab, and also the cod with potato, and some seafood with butterbeans to round off the fish theme, which is prevalent on the menu. We thought we’d opt for a bit of meat as well, and so lamb meatballs and Piri Piri chicken were added to our selection.
The crab (Sapateira) came first, with Antonio bringing over a whole shell packed with succulent meat that had been soaked in whisky and mixed with brandy. The flavours were absolutely incredible, with the first taste taking us back to the days of crab paste on a sunny beach. Only this was a hundred times better – huge chunks of fresh meat that we spread over crackers, wonderfully seasoned and bringing all the flavours of the sea to our taste buds. We were amazed at the value, since the crab dish could have easily served us both as a starter.
But then the rest of our meal was delivered, and despite the fact we didn’t think we could pack it in, we had a good go since the smells and the riot of colours demanded to be tried. The Feijoada de Marisco (seafood with spicy butterbeans) was fresh and delicate – juicy king prawns and subtler clams mixing with plump beans that added a lighter feel to the dish, which was then balanced well with the richness of the cod. This was another incredible flavour sensation – grated potato with strands of bright pink fish and a topping of salty cheese to compliment the cream. This would probably have been enough to satisfy us, but since we’d ordered more it would have been rude not to also devour the succulent chunks of Frango com Piri Piri – diced chicken in a smooth yet lightly spiced creamy rosemary sauce, and the generous lamb meatballs that managed not to be too heavy since the juice wasn’t overbearing and they were succulent and well-seasoned with herbs. We were helped along with all this food by a lovely bottle of the house red, and were quite shocked at the dent we made in the meal – a sure sign that it was too good to leave! What was even nicer was Antonio’s obvious pleasure at the fact we were enjoying the meal – he made sure to check that we were happy with everything as he chatted casually at each table, and at the end we were even lucky enough to thank his mum for the spread she’d laid on. And when the bill came we couldn’t believe at what a good price everything was for so much quality food, with each tapas dish being on average about £5.50.
Portugal has been open for just over a year now, and shows no signs of slowing in business. If anything, it seems to be going from strength to strength, establishing itself as a bar to have drinks with friends, a lunchtime spot to grab a tasty snack, or a laid-back choice for a relaxed dinner. It’s not only the flavours in his mother’s cooking which are perfectly balanced – he has also got the ideal ratio between a friendly, warm atmosphere which showcases the love of his home country.

  • Visited January 2013
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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“Fine Food, fun atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012

We ate here on a Friday evening - 2 adults and 2 grown up children. The service was very friendly, the atmosphere perfect for both generations - lively but not overpowering. The food was excellent - we had a mix of tapas-style dishes, some recommended by the waiter; all were very good We were recommended the cod dish, in spite of the fact that we'd had it in Portugal and not enjoyed it. Glad we risked it as it was delicious Our daughter doesn't eat meat but this was no problem at all , with plenty of options. A very pleasant evening at a very reasonable price.

  • Visited December 2012
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Bath, Uk
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5 reviews
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“Tasty treats!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

Everyone keeps going about this place, so decided to give it a go for a girls night out and I was not disappointed!
The service is charming, the selection of tapas was varied and of a very high standard. Overall, a great find, for relaxed dining and one that that I will definitely repeat.

  • Visited December 2012
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
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“Yum!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

I visited here with my partner during a recent trip to Bath. The food is AMAZING! The service is second to none and the decor is modern, comfortable, clean and inviting. We visited at lunch time and did not need to eat again that day. I have never tried Portuguese food before and was very impressed. If we visit Bath again we will definitely visit Portvcale again.
My plates were spotless (if it was polite to lick them clean I would’ve done!) and the chef came to our table after we had finished our meal to say thank you for making her day and that she loved to see clean plates. This is a family run business and you get the idea that they just want to make people happy and their passion for wonderful, fresh food is obvious. All dishes are prepared and served with love; by the end of your visit to Portvcale you will feel like part of the family.

Visited September 2012
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