We were spending a week in the Algarve the week after Easter and went to Faro to wonder around the old part of the city. We ended up having lunch at Tasca do Ricky that we had first visited in 2011.
We had the lunch special, which at that time of the year is dead cheap (6 euros for a soup, a choice of one of two mains, a dessert, a drink and a coffee). Ricky was very welcoming as usual, but he was busy, so we did not have a chance to ask him for advice on things to do at that time of the year. Nevertheless, he suggested we returned once more during our stay, but for dinner not lunch, to try out two of his signature dishes: Cataplana and "The Little French from the North" (I think that was the name). He gave us his restaurant's phone number and told us to call in the morning of the day we intended to come to let him know the time at which we would be arriving as the Cataplana requires one hour of preparation time. A couple of days later there we were for dinner.
The Cataplana was full of flavour and prepared with fresh good quality fish, shellfish and meat (and unlike others we have had in the Algarve at a few other places in previous trips, Ricky's was not just rice plus a few other ingredients added to it; it had lots of shellfish). For the Cataplana he recommended a white wine (at a very reasonable price), which we found to be of good quality.
His other trademark dish was very good as well (however, since it is very rich, it can easily be shared by two people...). It wasn't a very busy night, so he gave us lots of useful advice for our short trips for the rest of our stay.
We had a wonderful time, and definitely recommend going there for a meal, especially for dinner.
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