I was expecting a café, and got a nice looking restaurant with lovely features inside and food to die for. Lunch is the best time to go for if you are looking for value for money. Jacket potatoes are around £3, but the main lunch dishes are all at £5 per dish, including pasta dishes but also meat and vegetarian options. Some are typical Portuguese dishes, but others are more generic pan-European mixes. The piri-piri chicken was well endowed and tasty. Good portion for £5 with rice a nd salad included. The mushroom omelette was really nice with a lovely side salad very fresh and crunchy. The picado dish was a bit disappointing, and it looked more like a beef stroganoff and less of 'beef picado' (which is a typical Madeira dish and I was expecting better since the name of the place is PICADO). Food was freshly cooked and I could hear the sizzling noise of the grill and frying pan. These deal dishes are available even on Sunday, when I went. Staffa re lovely and if you speak English or Portuguese there is a chance you can have a nice chat with people. I was expecting more Portuguese patisseries around, but there were some cakes, some typical Portuguese while others were more generic. Hot drinks were nicely priced too, but cold drinks were expensive. I paid £2 for a small bottle of sparkling water, which was not even Portuguese water but sourced in the UK. I know the place is a restaurant but it has plenty of room and it could do with a little shop tint here with Portuguese produce, as it would bring more customers too. There are other a-la-carte menus etc, but more expensive dishes aroudn £12-£20 per person. There is variety though, in particular the fishes from octipus, seabask, sardnies, sword fish, etc. All in all it was £8 per head, with main dish, drink and a nice espresso. Not bad for a Sunday lunch! I would definitely return.
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