The biggest reason to seek out this restaurant with a spectacular setting within the walls of Braganca's citadel is that everyone involved appears to be having a good time and has a real enthusiasm for what they do.
Our visit was right at the end of what I understand to be a more restricted summer menu which concentrates on the grill and serves up giant lumps of serious steak. There's a more complicated tasting menu produced by a Portuguese Masterchef finalist on offer in colder months, and it's certainly something I'd be interested in trying.
The food concentrates on simple regional flavours and high quality ingredients, I hadn't tackled such a slab of cow in some time but it was a brilliant cut treated with casual care, a great accompaniment to a bottle of good value local red.
Across the table the generous pork fillet defeated my companion, but what remained was swiftly wrapped in foil and prepared for takeaway and proved to be a delicious lunchtime treat the following day.
Another plus was the chance to buy some flavoured artisan beers from the region - olive, chestnut, that sort of thing.
Haven't even mentioned the complimentary ham and bread nibbles which started us off (if I'd known about the size of the steak I'd have held back) and a complimentary glass of white port as an aperitif. Good value all round, but made more memorable by the joy in the room.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.