We took a group of 14 here in June. Not an ENORMOUS group, but clearly too much for D.Tonho to cope with. If it hadn't been for the views - which are spectacular - I think more people would have been more vociferous about how poor this was.
Having booked ahead we were told they could only offer a set menu - take it or leave it. My colleague negotiated a choice of two main dishes so we kept it really simple for them. We even confirmed the numbers for each dish the day before. We were the first customers of the evening -it really shouldn't have been a challenge to feed us all, given that they knew what everyone wanted.
We were told we'd get 'mixed starters' but the mix was very poor - bread, small pieces of cut cheese and some strange fried cod-fish in batter which was served too warm to be cold, too cold to be warm. I assumed these were pre-starter 'nibbles' and tried to save myself for what was to follow but these WERE the starter. Very poor quality, very little effort for the kitchen.
The people who had veal were on the whole happier than those of us who had the really poor 'monkfish and prawn arroz(rice)' which was sloppy, flavourless and disappointing. I'm not chef but I can do a lot better at home without resorting to a cookery book.
The waiter was really pushy about the puddings. He had lots of chocolate mousse and not so much of the alternatives (a crème brulee or fresh pineapple). He got quite stroppy that nobody wanted his chocolate mousse. We were the first guests of the evening - he simply could NOT have run out of puddings so early. The choc mousse was actually excellent but the crème brulee was overly burnt and most people left at least half of theirs.
My colleague paid 540 euros for the 14 - nearly forty euros a head - for food that tasted like it came from a cafeteria. A local colleagues declared "They treated us worse than tourists". Go for a coffee or a glass of wine and enjoy the view but don't expect fine dining or courteous service. We got neither.
Also the toilet (which I didn't try) was apparently like something on a train and had no lock on the door.
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