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“Stylish high class Portuguese cuisine”
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Largo do Paco
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Ranked #1 of 83 Restaurants in Amarante
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $195
Cuisines: Portuguese, Contemporary, International
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Casa da Calcada Relais & Chateâux and is restaurante Largo do Paço, are an exclusive boutique hotel nestled in the picturesque village of Amarante, between Oporto and the majestic Douro Valley. Surrounded by lush wine country and ancient trees, this lemon-coloured XVI century palace is renowned for its award-winning Restaurante Largo do Paco. The restaurant has been awarded with 1 Star Michelin since 2004. With an assured selection of Portuguese and international wines. The Maitre and Sommelier is the famous Adacio Ribeiro.
York, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Stylish high class Portuguese cuisine”
Reviewed November 20, 2013

Palatial Casa da Calcada is one of Portugal's understated historic hotels. It is therefore not surprising to find it has a stylish restaurant (Largo do Paco) with a talented chef (Vitor Matos) and attentive front house team. The ambience is warm with top quality furnishings and antiques.
The 70 euro menu was chosen (although there is both a la carte and a 100 euro menu).
A hot towel is presented, followed by a choice of four breads. At various times during the first half of the meal, a waiter offered further bread.
No less than seven bons bouches were served which must be a record! They included beef consomme, cream cheese and pumpkin, truffle and country sausage, salmon with fennel and beetroot with foie gras.
The first course was marinated mackerel, served with cucumber and frozen tomato water - ingeneous!
Quail, described as "sweet marinated", came with fois-gras cherry, beetroot and young onion, and was tasty and perfectly presented.
Grouper with 'Maronese DOP' veal oxtail was expertly cooked. It was accompanied by a citric creamy, roasted carrot, veal juice and fennel emulsion.
Bisaro suckling pig (one of Portugal's culinary specialities) was the main course; it was served with a sauce using Bairrada red wine from the Baga vine. To accompany the dish, vitelote (purple-coloured) potato, black pepper sauce, glacial ficoide and orange jam showed the skill of the kitchen. This was evidence of top European cooking with an imaginative flair.
Another bon bouche then arrived: fudge with cream
Then 'Abade de Priscos' pudding appeared with mandarine sauce, served ice-cream made using 10 years old Boal Madeira and hazlenut mousse.
Coffee and mignardises (marron glace) complemented a fine dinner.
There is an extensive wine list including wine made at the hotel's vineyard situated behind the property. A fine red Douro was chosen (Meandro 2011) which was poured well although it could have been decanted.
A memorable dinner!

  • Visited November 2013
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Oriol J, General Manager at Largo do Paco, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Thank you very much for your fantastic and extend review about your experience at the Largo do Paço Restaurant. We are extremly prouds to know that we were able to deliver a fantastic meal and experience.
I really hope we can welcome you again soon and for you to experience the new menu that the Chef Vitor Matos is going to launch beginning of 2014.

Best regards from all the team
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Malaga, Spain
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“smart restaurant and good service”
Reviewed October 25, 2013

Very attractive surroundings and plenty of space for each table.. Selection was either from a la carte or table d'hote at 35 or 50e depending on whether your chose whole menu. Service was very good and food most enjoyable .Totally recommended.

Visited October 2013
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Oriol J, Gerente geral at Largo do Paco, responded to this review, November 10, 2013
Thank you very much for your feedback about your experience in our Restaurant Largo do Paço. We hope to welcome you back again in a future and hopefully this time everything will be 5 stars.
Thank you in advance for your turst.
Best regards from all the Team at Casa da Calçada Relais & Chateaux.
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“First Class”
Reviewed October 25, 2013

My Wife and I were lucky to have this restaurant in our hotel. We had heard a lot about the food (All good comments) and decided to eat there on our last night. This was a mistake. We should have eaten there earlier in our break and would have returned for a second super taste bud adventure. I had a bean soup with a egg and small delicate piece of lamb in it and my Wife had a lovely Pumpkin and chives soup with cream. My main was a pork cheeks risotto and although the texture of this dish did not agree with me, I enjoyed the taste and flavours. My wife had Fish in foam which she thought was amazing( I tasted it and would agree). Our dessert was a fruit panna cotta with ice cream and fruit coulis. We both agreed this dish was delightful. We had a nice local vino verde to wash this all down and were treated to a plate of hand made chocolates while we finished our drinks. All very yummy and with the excellent service provided by the lovely staff, this is a place not to miss. Thank you
PS: We have added some pictures of our dishes to give you an idea of the standard.

  • Visited June 2013
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Oriol J, Gerente geral at Largo do Paco, responded to this review, November 10, 2013
Thank you very much for your feedback about your experience in our restaurant.
We are really glad to know that you enjoyed it so much and that the only mistake was not to come before to then come back again at the end of your holidays.
We hope to welcome you back soon.

Best regards from all the Team at Casa da Calçada Relais & Chateaux.
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“Perfect, perfect, almost perfect!!!”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

Restaurant within the "Relais and Chateau" hotel in the middle of the town:
This was really the very best restaurant we found in Portugal, and even in France it is hard to find this quality. The start with 5 or 6 lovely "amuses" was great. We had the very best ever eaten " foie gras "(a lovely cream), the maitre advised us a beautiful late harvest white douro wine. For maincourse i had the "pintade with morilles", good.
The dessert was also very nice, but that is mostly everywhere in Portugal.
The red douro wine was good, but what a pitty, served too cold. The white vino verde nice!
Tablewater, several costless breads, coffee and a nice whiskey to end this party.
Price/quality = excellent!! Service and setting in the nice restaurant also.
When you are a gourmand: GO
They also serve a friendly priced 3 course menu at 35 euro, but i would advice for just a little more to eat " a la carte". This restaurant deserves 2 michelinstars!
Too late we found out, that they serve high-tea at only 5 (!) euro, between 16.00 and 18.00 hrs., what a pitty... Wish this restaurant was close to my home!

  • Visited September 2013
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Oriol J, General Manager at Largo do Paco, responded to this review, October 6, 2013
Thank you very much for your comment about your experience in our restaurant!
We are really happy to know that you believe that we are worth 2 Michelin Stars.
We hope that in a future we can welcome you again and hopefully this time you will be able to take with you some of our home made jams and cookies to make sure that every time you "miss our restaurant" you have a "bit" of it.

From all the team at Casa da Calçada Relais & Chateaux, thank you very much
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London, United Kingdom
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“Good food”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

We stayed at the Casa da Calcada hotel and ate in their restaurant twice. Once we had the EUR35 weekday set menu, which was tasty despite the lack of choice (there are no options at all, it really is set). But if anything we preferred going a la carte – not much more with just starter and mains and they gave us some interesting extras too. The menu we did not fancy was the EUR70 tasting menu – too many fixed options that we’d not have chosen from the main menu, eg mackerel. Both evenings we had an excellent Douro red for EUR18 and the average bill of around EUR50 per head was fine for the quality and superb service. For a week’s stay there, we would have liked to see more choice/variation on the set menus.

  • Visited September 2013
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Oriol J, General Manager at Largo do Paco, responded to this review, October 6, 2013
Thank you very much for your feedback about your experience in our Restaurant.
We are glad to know that you enjoyed the restaurant and the service.
Concerning our set menu, it is a menu that we change every week, and using the local ingredients and the ingredients available during the period of the year.
Even our set menu, doesn’t change every day, the guests are more than welcome to give us their input and if they want we can prepare something tailor made for them every evening.
We will always go the extra mile to make sure all our clients are happy with their “gastronomic experience”.

We hope to welcome you again in a future
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