We really wanted something very special and different to finish our amazing holiday in Portugal, after a lot of research on trip advisor we decided on the Oliveira Dourado. following previous advise we did phone and book particularly as we wanted a Saturday evening booking.
We arrived around 19:50 and was greeted by the staff at the entrance and shown to our table, the place is very quirky and so different from all the other restaurants in the area, also a little tricky to locate on the sat nav tho I did use the lat and longitude bearings given.
The dining experience was totally unexpected we were first offered a selection of crudités a plate of tomatoes and cheese, a popadom and some bacon wraps during which time the chef came over to personally explain the menu which is certainly different from the normal offerings of steak and chips etc.
Each of our party had a different meal so that we could try each others, including chicken mwoamba, lamb and chicken tegine, wild boar in a rich red wine source and a beautiful shrimp dish, accompanied with couscous, rice and a creamy mashed potato. The selection and variety of tastes was simply divine, admittedly it didn't look enough at first but was very filling, one little word of caution most of the dishes came in a lot of olive oil something I probably should have expected but didn't although this had no effect on the dining experience.
The main course was followed by a selection of fruit based desserts which was "on the house" and appears possibly to have been produced by someone who loves cooking and experimenting with flavours, each of the dishes offered was different and again prompted a round the table tasting of each of the dishes.
At no time did we feel rushed it was probably one of the best dining experiences that I have had the pleasure to experience. I would add that this place would probably not be ideal for anyone that prefers the traditional steak'n'chips or ham'n'egg meals but for those diners that would prefer something different and not afraid to explore their palate.
One thing I did not see was any menu suitable for children although we had no children within our group it may be that the children's menu was not offered to us.
We would like to offer our sincere gratitude to all the staff of the Oliveira Dourado for such an amazing experience and the attention you provided to us and all your other customers, this is what memories are made of......I'm not normally one for writing reviews but felt on this occasion they deserved it, I would if possible give a higher star rating if I could... Thank you all