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“Nice food!”
Review of Casa do Forno

Casa do Forno
Ranked #9 of 13 Restaurants in Monsaraz
Cuisines: Portuguese
Good for: Local cuisine
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Good for: Local cuisine
Reviewed June 27, 2012

Perhaps slightly more pricey than other restaurants, but we had a nice meal and the waiter was very friendly. The food was well prepared and tasty.

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Reviewed May 10, 2012

We were traveling with the Smithsonian Institution, and they chose this attractive and memorable restaurant for lunch. (The Smithsonian's choices are always good.) We had a delicious lunch in an attractive setting--arches, white walls, pottery. I was pleased that they were able to deal with my gluten-free diet with good food.

The town--with views of the countryside and reservoir, 16th century whitewashed houses, and castle-- is beautiful. Perched on a high hill near the border with Spain, it had militarily significance when Spain and Portugal were fighting and is an enjoyable visit. Great shops too.

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Reviewed February 8, 2012

I was rambling around the Alentejo and couldn't resist the look of Monsaraz perched up on the hill. This medieval village is beautiful and after clambering up the steep incline into the village and wandering its delightful streets I soon worked up an appetite. Casa do Forno seemed like a good option based on nothing other than the fabulously decorated window in the building across the tiny alley!

It was a fairly cold February day when I visited and the dining room was down a set of stairs and beyond some drapes that were meant to keep the warmth in and drafts out. Like many Portuguese dining rooms it was homey, spectacularly clean and decorated with samples of local pottery.

My service was efficient and friendly. That's one thing that's important to me as an older woman traveling solo - do they welcome me in or seem to see me as just taking up space. This was a definite 'welcome'. I selected the Feijoada da casa, beans done house style. I wasn't surprised when I received a huge rustic pottery dish filled with white beans swimming in a rich broth studded with pork. And some of that pork was clearly pigs ears! Yikes.

My feijoada was more like a soup than a stew, but no matter, there was lots of great country bread with which to soak up the broth. As for the pieces of pigs ears, they were easy enough to pick out and place on a side plate. I'm sure the kitchen had opinions about that, but my palate doesn't extend to some delicacies. The bits of pork, carrot, onion and beans were delicious enough sans ears. I could only eat about 2/3 of the portion but I enjoyed every succulent bite.

For dessert I stuck with the house specials and was brought an interesting pudding of ground almonds and honey. Sweet. Hooooeeeee. Even my sweet tooth begged for mercy. But tasty as well.

Couvert, a 1/4 litre of house white, my main, dessert and coffee cost me E20, including tip. I'd definitely dine at Cada do Forno again.

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Reviewed October 16, 2011

We were staying in Casa Pinto (see our separate review on this) which is the next property along from Casa do Forno. We decided to take a walk around the village and checkout the several restaurants that we had noticed earlier. This was at 7pm, after the heat of the day (37 degrees and not a breath of wind) had subsided. To our surprise we could not find any of them open and were about to return to Casa Pinto when we noticed that the door to do Forno was open. The doorway is on a steep slope and did not look particularly inviting but, beginning to get hungary, we ventured in. Once inside we walked down several sets of steps and arrived in a most charming dining room. The staff greeted us cordially and made us feel very welcome. Several other people started to arrive and soon there was the gentle hubub of happy contented diners. The service was efficient without being over attentive and the food served promptly was most enjoyable. The waiter also gave good advise on a local wine that complimented our food and was very reasonably priced. Our table was immediately next to French windows that lead on to a terrace but unfortunately it was not in use. As we ate we watched the sun sink down below the horizon and the star filled night sky appear. Like everything in Monsaraz Casa do Forno is special, different and leaves you with a satisfied feeling. We can't wait to return.

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