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“Cheap and decent, certainly not a fancy restaurant”
Review of O Bom Talher

O Bom Talher
Ranked #138 of 1,681 Restaurants in Porto
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Portuguese
Restaurant details
Milan
Level 6 Contributor
115 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Cheap and decent, certainly not a fancy restaurant”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

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.

  • Visited August 2013
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English first
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38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Genuine family run Portugese food”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

The hotel we stayed at recommended this to us for dinner. We turned up and nearly left, young kids running around outside, the entrance was not that enticing. Very glad we entered, the sardines were to die for. Meals are huge so bring your appetite. Mum cooks, dad looks after the grandchildren and locals, while their son looks after us tourists very well. The food is very traditional and very tasty

  • Visited August 2013
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55 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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“Where the locals go at reasonable prices”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

Tucked up a side street and easy to find this family owned gem is special. Mama Frances does the cooking while husband and son look after their customers. We started with little portions of bacalhau patties, finely minced pork turnovers and olives. Our mains were vitela assada and delicious pan fried octopus fillets with a rice and bean side dish, filetes de polvo. Coffee and special grappa made by an aunt finished off the meal. The meal was accompanied by an excellent bottle of Douro red. Worth the visit.

  • Visited August 2013
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“Perfect!!!”
Reviewed August 22, 2013

It's an excellent place to eat!
It's a family buisness, i belive. Women are cooking, men serving.

Food is fresh and tasty!!!

In one week time it's the best of the best what we found!!!

  • Visited August 2013
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