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“give it a try” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of A Vela Branca

A Vela Branca
Ranked #237 of 598 Restaurants in Funchal
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
leeds UK
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275 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
“give it a try”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

Comfortable room, we had scabbard fish, two fillets each and loved the FIVE fresh vegetables plus potatoes. Not expensive, good house wine. Very near Porto Mare (underneath Grandmas house)

Visited March 2013
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United Kingdom
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127 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“Good value”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

Second time we have eaten here .....excellent food. Gretted at the door and taken to the table quickly. Then the service gets slow, but worth waiting for. eat the bolo caco bread and olives whilst waiting. Starters was a plate of cheses then I had 6 fried moules and chips, husband espada bana, wine and water, desserts and it came to 42.20 euros. Very good value

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Eat here if you are very hungry!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

As already advised, this is a new location for the restaurant. The room is very bright and, when full, very crowded. They could do with removing a few tables. The chef flambés various dishes in front of you. We only had one course, luckily, as you get huge portions. Food is well cooked, service was a bit slow as we didn't have a starter and the place was packed. Worth a visit.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Southsea
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196 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
“Good location and staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2013

We went to this restaurant twice for lunch; it is very conveniently situated in the lido and the staff is very welcoming. we had limpets, the speciality of the island, to start with; they were very tasty; my husband had lamb chops the first time, steak the second time; the meat was very copious and so were the accompanying freshly cooked vegetables and potatoes. I had espada, another speciality of the island, the first time; it was rather dry to my taste. I had rabbit in wine sauce the second time; it did not look appetizing, the pieces were not correctly cut and therefore there were plenty of small sharp bones which I did find unpleasant; both my dishes were served with lots of potatoes and fresh vegetables. At the end of the meal we were offered some passion fruit liquor which was very nice. We will most probably go back next year as the staff is extremely friendly and also to try their flambes.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Halesowen, west midlands
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Yum yum. Great food.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2013

We were stopping in the pestana promenade and one of the other guest recommended this restaurant as they had been there twice and were not disappointed. We went along and ordered scabbard fish with banana ( trust me you have got to try it as it is delicious) and tuna steak, along with mixed veg and maize cubes. I could not believe how much food came to our table. It just kept coming. It was the most wonderful food we had all holiday. Blissful tastes, copious amounts, very good value and amazing service. The staff were so friendly and hospitable. I had a pudding which was set on fire with sambuca as the fuel. Wow. Lovely. Cannot say just how much this restaurant is worth trying. It's a must.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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