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“Charming 'hole in the wall' restaurant with excellent simple cooking” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Jaquet

Jaquet
Ranked #63 of 577 Restaurants in Funchal
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Serves Alcohol
wimbledon
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80 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Charming 'hole in the wall' restaurant with excellent simple cooking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

We agree with other visitors that this is an excellent, if very individual place to eat. Situated at the
town end (not the Fort end) of Rua Santa Maria, the narrow entrance could be easy to miss and the interior is hardly bigger than a 'hole in the wall' shop. The proprietor is the waiter and his sister is the cook. He is businesslike but with an underlying charm as he explains his two or three (only) fish dishes of the day. These were fresh and excellently, if simply, cooked and there was a selection of good vegetables. Seating is basic on stools at wooden tables. For a genuine, no frills, taste of scabbard fish, sea bream etc, this is a place to go, but eat early as it is likely to get full.

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windlesham
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41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Great experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013

I had to visit this place after reading reviews on this site. If you want fine dining stop reading. This is a small place with stools around about 8 tables (mostly for 2 people).
Scruffy chalk marks on a blackboard but no menu. The waiter explains what there is (and his English is difficult to understand but he repeats it if you ask). I had the limpets (enough for 2) cost 7.80 euro. I then had the dourade (Gilthead seabream) 12 euro, with boiled potatoes, carrots and marrow, 1.40 euro. He served it off the bone for me without asking. I loved it.

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1 Thank mjw1
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Ham, United Kingdom
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314 reviews
257 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
“Wonderfully different”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013

Nobody to invite you in. No written menu. No fuss. Just pure quality fish prepared simply and in front of you.
I didn't think I liked lapas (limpets and a delicacy of the island). But there was no other choice for starters and I loved these.
Three fish alternatives. We went for the scabbard fish and it was terrific. So much too, with interesting veg and good wine.
Not a place for ceremony or leisurely dining. But a very special place for food.

Visited February 2013
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Southsea
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193 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
“No fuss but the best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013

Very small restaurant run by brother and sister; very convivial place; stools, paper table sets, about ten tables and no menu. You enter the room, sit at a table and the waiter tells you what there is on the menu. Limpets (lapas, speciality of the Island) were the starters; daurade and espada were the 2 fish on offer. We had the limpets, they were delicious. For fish we chose a whole daurade and the espada; both were cooked to perfection. we were asked whether we wanted the fish to be grilled or fried; we had it grilled served with lemon and garlic; with the fish there was a dish of local vegetables too. We love fish and were delighted by what we were offered and will go back next year. Of course this place can only be recommended to people who like fresh fish and do not mind very basic setting.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great no nonsense fish restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013

Small place, sit on stools, warm atmosphere. Tourists in the evening, locals for lunch. Amazing fish :-)

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