My wife and I called in simply because the roof terrace looked a great vantage point to watch the swallows and martins swoop over the river, plus after the beautiful drive from Castro Marim a large beer beckoned! We had no intention of staying for lunch but the sun was shining and the temptation to while away an hour in this gorgeous location was too much. A group of local people were sitting at the next table eating a meal that looked something of a cross between a chilli and a stew, so being intrigued and a lover of a leap into the unknown I asked for a menu. The menu arrived and I was disappointed to find no mention of stew or rice, with only the usual range of grill items that are found on every tourist menu. But as a seasoned traveller I was not to be denied and asked the waitress if I could have what the locals at the next table were having, a brilliant idea! It transpired that they were eating Feijoada, the Brazilian masterpiece created from black beans, bacon, chorizo, pork and beef. Evidently every Brazilian chef has their own take on the exact recipe but the chef at the Riverside had it down to a fine art. This impromptu lunch was one of the best meals I have ever had on the Algarve, or anywhere else for that matter. The moral of this review - ask the waitress what else is on offer apart from the tourist menu and you may be transported by the delightful experience of a chef doing "their own thing" as dish of the day. Enjoy.
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