Opting to sit inside as the outside temperature soared, the silenced tv football served more the staff's interest than anyone else's. The room was slightly cooler at least.
The sardines came with a few potatoes and the token salad leaves such places seem obliged to offer; the fish was very fresh and well-cooked. The decently sized glass of white wine, at 2.5euro, was nice enough but seemed devoid of alcohol.
A small (0.33cl) bottle of mineral water (1.60eu) was opened and placed on the table before I had the chance to object. Another unrequested imposition.
Half way through the meal, the tv football programme finished and some dire music video programme came on for which the volume was activated. This again seemed to serve the staff's interests more than the comfort of the customers'. This hastened my exit as I passed on dessert and coffee.
The service was prompt enough but lacking in any enthusiasm and one got the impression the staff couldn't wait to finish the shift.
Marks for the food only - which shouldn't be too difficult to attain - grilled sardines are hardly a very demanding dish at the best of times.
With the unrequested appetizers placed on the table as one sits (2 'pasteis' of cod(2.00eu), small bowl of olives (1.00eu), bread(0.50eu)) the final bill - 16.60euro.
Would advise to avoid unless desperate and in the area of the castle.
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