Another week, another gastronomic itinerary. The last one was about fried cuttlefish and we will continue in the wave of what the sea gives us. This time with seafood. And there’s no better way to eat it than in an all-you-can-eat meal, as this gives you the opportunity to taste a little bit of everything, from crab to barnacles.
Just with these two, it’s as if we installed the beach and the sea in the middle of the restaurant. A piece of hammered bark from the cobbler’s legs goes here, a barnacle sneeze there, and a bottle of sparkling wine in the center of the table. — as if to symbolize the breaking of waves in the sea.
What can never be missing here, forgetting the sea and drawing on the good Portuguese vein, is toasted bread with butter to dip in the Bulhão Pato clam sauce and a few lemon-scented wipes, which we are not into perks here. and from the shrimp to the oysters we pull everything with our hands (and our mouths, of course).
1. Forte Santa Catarina Restaurant
“The best of the coast at Tennis Clube da Figueira da Foz. Views of the River and Sea. Best Local”. How about this combination promised by the restaurant Forte Santa Catarina, in Figueira da Foz, district of Coimbra? Fish and shellfish are the specialty, but the fame comes from the seafood carvery, which has a little bit of everything, such as shrimp, crab and their stuffing, barnacles and mussels.
It costs €50 and is enough for three to four people, depending on hunger and cravings: if you’re craving dessert, it’s good for four people so you can save it for the sweet tooth.
The seafood rodizio, or dishes such as shrimp açorda (€20 for two people) or paella (€39.90 for up to four people), are also available for take away.
2. Gentleman’s Conversation
Despite the name, Conversa Fidalga, in Condeixa-a-Nova, district of Coimbra, it’s not just conversation here. It is eaten in abundant doses whenever a seafood carvery arrives at the table. In mid-April, the restaurant warned that “temperatures will rise”, so, drawing the grill to the house seafood, “nothing better than tasting our delicious Seafood Rodízio”, can be read in a Facebook post. .
The truth is that the heat scenario remains and to meet the demand, just go to the restaurant to take care of this alley full of the best that the sea offers, including music for the ears, characteristic of the whelks that make up the rodízio.
3. Baía do Peixe
There are three bays with fish and seafood: in Campo Pequeno and Praça do Comércio, in Lisbon, and in Cascais. In all of them there is seafood and it is presented in the most famous way: in a carvery. At the Cascais restaurant, you have the privilege of watching the sea while you taste it, while you can chop a wide platter, well stuffed with things like stuffed crab shells, boiled shrimp, barnacles, whelks, oysters and mussels “Spanish style”. All this, for a minimum of two people, costs €29.80 per person.
It is also possible to order à la carte or opt for the fish carvery, consisting of fish soup and fish such as turbot and squid (€23.80).
4. Seafood from Samouco
Whenever we are told about Samouco, the comic series “Os Batanetes” comes to our minds, about a family who lived near Samouco, which spent between 2004 and 2005 on TVI and for a while longer on the channel. But we have just gained a new reference: Marisqueira do Samouco.
Here you can eat great seafood, just look at the size of the one shown above. One similar to this one, with a shoe rack, whelks and everything else, can cost from €60 for two people.
5. The Tower
To eat at the restaurant or take home, there are several tempting dishes at the A Torre restaurant, in Porto Alto, Santarém district. You can order anything from a small mix, with crab, Algarve prawns, prawns and barnacles from the coast (80€ for four people) to the more expensive and more complex seafood dish A Torre, which includes lobster, spider crab, a kilo of witches and a kilo Algarve prawns (€295 for eight people).
If you go to the restaurant, while you try to take care of all the seafood until the end, you can leave the children to play in the mini Tower, a space opened on the first day of May.