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“Humble surroundings camouflage fine food”
Review of Restaurante Gamboa

Restaurante Gamboa
Ranked #25 of 155 Restaurants in Almancil
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Keighley, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
85 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Humble surroundings camouflage fine food”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

One of the great joys of the Almancil Golden Triangle is that it caters for a wide range of dining options, where Michelin starred restaurants rub shoulders with more humble businesses.
Gamboa fits easily into the latter category, largely because the core business of proprietor Rui is a hectic 7euro lunchtime menu which attracts Almancil's working folk in numbers.
But despite outward appearances conveyed by a typical cafe frontage, dinner at Gamboa is an altogether different proposition.
One of the downsides of places like Gamboa is that their cover dishes are substantial enough to double as a decent starter, which means that starters will often go untried, which given the calibre of the mains must be a loss.
Last time the excellent steak, lamb and fish, combined with friendly, efficient service and sensible guidance on our wine choice, provided our party with a very pleasant first visit.
Nice place, extremely friendly and helpful host and very good food.
We put the 7euro lunch and the starters down for next time we're in town.
Certainly good enoough to warrant an active website that prospective customers can use to discover the treat in store for anyone venturing into the 'caff'.

  • Visited March 2013
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Stirling
Level 6 Contributor
99 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“First class local restaurant”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

Basically we had the same experience as 'Almancilcritic'. Same couverts, excellent Urugayan rib eye steak, picanta, and fish. Very lively and pleasant atmosphere. Good value for money. You have to book!

  • Visited February 2013
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Almancil, Portugal
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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“Great local Restaurant”
Reviewed October 20, 2012

Having left the UK to live in Almancil we were delighted to discover this restaurant within 200 metres of our doorstep. Rui the owner welcomed us and talked to us about specials and a fine evening meal followed.We had the cover to start consisting of bread, carrots in oil, pate and fresh prawns washed down by a nice carafe of tintho I chose rib eye steak and my wife had 6 lamb chops and both were good portions and expertly cooked.I finished with chocolate and vanilla ice cream and my wife had ile de flottante.The meal was enjoyed in a lively pleasant atmosphere and Rui and his staff looked after us throughout. The price with coffee to finish was under 40 euros for two and we will be regular visitors here. I encourage those seeking quality and reasonable prices to try Restaurant Gamboa. i am telling my friends about it!!!

  • Visited October 2012
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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

After being introduced to this restaurant 2 years ago and having enjoyed an excellent evening we returned on many occassions. Dissappointed to find it closed in early September for holidays. Looking forward to next visit.

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