After walking a couple of miles along the beach to reach the end of the island we thought we would stop for a drink and check out the menu of Calhetas. Realising it was later than we thought we also decided to stop for some food. Bad decision! Pretty much from the moment we arrived the waiting staff ignored us and busied themselves with serving everyone apart from us. We ended up going to the counter to order our drinks and even our meal. There seemed to be a lot of Portuguese customers and the staff were all over them like a rash and totally ignored us to the point of passing us to take orders from people who had arrived after us. We were told the restaurant was fully booked and that we would have to eat 'out there' in the open bar area. In the time we were there (to approx. 9:30pm) hardly any of the tables became occupied in the restaurant area.
The food was passable; nobody came back to us to ask how the meal was; my wife's steak was practically raw. When I had finished my meal the waitress eventually came over to us to clear and enquired whether my wife was happy with her meal, as she had hardly eaten any of it. Too late, she said we should have said we wanted it cooked more; couldn't appreciate that they should have asked us how we wanted it in the first place. At this point we just wanted to pay up and leave This was to whispers and grumbling from the manager and staff. I do not class my wife or I as unpleasant people, so I don't believe that the restaurant had any cause to treat us so poorly. We will not be returning and we will be warning anyone we meet from going there!
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