Our table was towards the far end of the main room with very fierce air-conditioning – it was decidedly chilly. We asked our waiter if it could be turned down or directed away from us. He did adjust it, which made it slightly less chilly. I suspect there was also cold air coming in from outside as over the evening four other tables at our end of the restaurant asked to be moved, which was done.
Our fish was perfectly grilled but it was accompanied by a large portion of squid – a large white slab, which was far more than we needed, especially as the dish came with a very generous portion of roasted vegetables.
As we left on Tuesday we booked for four of us on Friday specifying that we wanted to sit where it was warm! This was quickly arranged and we had a very good table by the window at the front of the restaurant.
We also decided that we would dispense with a main course of grilled fish – instead go for the sashimi after a few starters. This worked a treat and we had a really good dinner with excellent service – our waiter on Tuesday had just tried too hard, which became a little ingratiating.
For our entrées we went for the two classics we had had on Tuesday – the tempura prawns with almond slices and the seared scallops. In addition we chose the swordfish with seaweed salad and the blood pudding and pineapple. Both were very good. I was intrigued to try the blood pudding as we have had this some years back at Stop do Barrio and it is a combination that works very well. Naturally the Rabod d'Pêxe is different – more refined – but both are memorable.
Winewise we stayed with Anselmo Mendes – our choice was approved by the Australian sounding sommelier who is pure Portuguese despite his accent. This time we selected two of Mendes' wines from his Lisbon project starting with the precise 2013 Alvarinho (20€) with a little more weight and slightly less citric than the Muros de Melgaco. The softer but equally good 2103 Viosinho, Adegamãe followed.
One minor quibble – we ordered a mixed salad which consisted of some lettuce and a few slices of tomato. To be fair it wasn't on the menu but we wanted to make a gesture towards our 'five a day'!
Three fine desserts:
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