O Bom Talher is a plain, small family-run restaurant almost hidden in a narrow side street, about 100 metres from Porto's well-known Palácio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Palace).
It doesn't look very attractive, neither outside nor inside, but if you are looking for a decent meal at a cheap price, it will do, especially for lunch, when you can get an abundant three-course meal – soup, main course of meat or fish, dessert, drink, coffee – for just €8.50. The set meal is so abundant that one could actually order just the main course, all the more so as the main courses are generally quite rich and heavy. So was my "bacalhau à minhota", a typical northern dish, good but inevitably heavy: a big slice of cod fried in oil together with thinly sliced chips, garnished with fried onions and served drenched in oil. Actually, most of O Bom Talher's main courses are fried and come with abundant chips on the side, not leaving much room for a final dessert.
Some of the "petiscos" offered as appetizers are quite tasty, but beware that you'll pay for every single appetizer you eat, as it is usual in all Portuguese restaurants. If you don't want to pay for them, just leave them on the table.
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