This is the second of our posts about Pedralva – if you missed the first post click the link here to find out more about this fantastic place:
There are two eateries on site at Pedralva and I have to admit that the main restaurant Sítio da Pedralva does not look very imposing inside on first glance- it is a small, friendly place with mis-matched glasses and simple decor with white painted school furniture – but do not let that fool you! We had an amazing meal at a very reasonable price. There is also a very pretty outside eating area too.
The Specials board was most enticing – and I instantly knew that I wanted to try the lamb chops!
The menu had a good selection of different food – the starters were very appealing but I always like to leave room for dessert – although Dave was sorely tempted to try the Oven-baked Camembert cheese with wild berries and honey – there’s always next time!
The waitress recommended a white wine for us – it was a wine we had not heard of before called ‘Catarina’ from Setúbal – it was fruity and full of flavour – I’m no wine expert but it was most pleasant! It was a tad expensive at 15 Euros but you can select a cheaper wine for 8 or 9 Euros a bottle – right up to 75 Euros for the most expensive!
Couvert was the first surprise – ‘would we like bread and olives?’ was the question and what actually arrived was most impressive – succulent and tasty olives in a really nice oil, herby butter, smoked sausage, and a delicious herb-crusted cheese with red jus accompanied a varied selection of breads and crispbreads.
After that – the main course was eagerly awaited as we realised this was no average ‘hotel fare’ – it was all exquisitely and lovingly presented food that was full of flavour and surprises.
Dave had ordered the Bacalhau à brás and when my lamb chops complete with herb and olive mashed potatoes arrived – we soon tucked in!
I have to say that I cleared my plate in record time – it was simply delicious!
Our friends were similarly impressed with their main courses too and then it was onto the dessert menu – my only complaint is that it was hard to choose between them all!
I plumped for the ‘Local Orange cake with sorbet’ and Dave had a caramel pudding and both were fab. Desserts were 4.50 Euros each.
One of our friends had a fantastic almond tart and she insisted that we tried some – and next time that’s the one I’m going to choose – it was amazing!
Our total bill for four of us with wine, starter/couvert, mains and dessert came to 82 Euros – very impressive for such fine food. Our waitress also deserves special mention; she was attentive yet discreet and added to the overall relaxed yet professional feel of the restaurant.
The restaurant is open every lunchtime except Mondays from 1200 – 1530 and also Friday and Saturday evenings from 1900 – 2230. They accept credit cards.
Our other post about eating out at Pedralva reviews the eclectic Pizza Pazza restaurant on site. Click the link below to read about this fascinating place: