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“Another Tourist Lunch”
Review of Riverside Tavern

Riverside Tavern
Ranked #8 of 13 Restaurants in Alcoutim
Cuisines: Portuguese
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed February 27, 2014

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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Thank Roy D
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Reviewed February 24, 2014

We should have known. A magnificent view on the river Rio Guadiana in Alcoutim, which we reached after a lovely drive from Castro Marim along the riverbanks. We had enjoyed the views along the way, and for some more we chose in Alcoutim the roof terrace of the Riverside Inn. The menu was in five languages, even our own: Dutch. The weather was sunny and because we did not want anything heavy, we opted for a salad. My wife went for the tuna salad and I for the Riverside Salad (with fresh goat cheese). The tavern was driven by one man only, so it took some time before we got our food. The man was very friendly and could speak English quite well, but his kitchen skills could have been better. All ingredients seemed to come from jars and tins, even the ‘fresh’ goat cheese came out of a jar, and the olives out of a tin . The egg must have been cooked for at least 20 minutes, and somewhere the man must have found tins with grey tuna. The green salad, the (unripe)tomato wedges and the sliced onion were the only ingredients fresh from the kitchen. The bread was stale. My wife had a lemon 'tea' (just lemon wedges and hot water) and I had a large draft beer. The check was heavy: 17,50. Next time we will just go for the view and eat elsewhere.

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Reviewed November 29, 2013 via mobile

Good location overlooking the river. However, the dish that I ordered was inedible (it was described as bacalhau (cod)) but everything on the plate was overcooked, tasteless, and soggy (the chef had obviously not bothered straining the vegetables before throwing them on the plate).
The waiter had absolutely no interest in finding out why I had left almost the entire meal.
My partner ordered the black pork - the best part of this dish were the roast potatoes...

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Reviewed August 24, 2017
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Reviewed May 6, 2017 via mobile
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