Last year the holidays were in the UK, using the time to visit the beautiful coast of Cornwall.
Managed to visit many different places, and walk for a while as well. Few highlights were The Eden Project, Witchcraft Museum and Tintagel.
After living here for a few years, I’ve visited a few Portuguese restaurants to have that taste and smell of home. Well, not quite home, but it does come close enough.
First Portuguese restaurant I went was in Walthamstow. Can’t remember the name, but that’s not an issue because it was a bad experience. Not the best way to start my Portuguese experience in London.
Next, I’ve been to A bite in heaven. Always in a group, so we usually have a buffet service there. There’s also karaoke in the evening, which can be quite a bit noisy. It’s a small and cosy place, and the food and service are quite good. ‘Bacalhau com natas’ is a very nice dish that they serve here.
Another one is Casa Madeira. The restaurant is quite big, in Vauxhall, and not only you have the restaurant but you also have a Patisserie, which let me tell you, is quite good. All those Portuguese delicacies, very very nice There’s also karaoke in the evenings, but because is a bigger space, is not so noisy and you can still have a relax meal with the music in the background. With big groups (40+) they tend to rush the food a bit, but otherwise is great quality, very tasty, with some traditional dishes from Madeira and the service is quite good too. Do try the ‘Espetada Regional’
Next on the list is O Cantinho de Portugal. This is a medium size restaurant, usually packed on the weekend so either book in advance or arrive early. There’s a bar so you can always wait there until a table is available. They focus more in food from the mainland, but again, service is quite good as is food. I personally recommend the ‘Francesinhas’.
Another one I go with some regularity is A Lua. It’s a very cosy place, with good service and the food is quite nice. Again they serve traditional food from Madeira. If you do go there, do try the ‘Picado regional’ and don’t forget to ask to add mushrooms
Finally, the last one I’ve visited was O Barros. Went for a dinner there, without any recommendation, but was pleased with the food. It doesn’t have live music, the restaurant area is small and cosy, service is good, and again, the food was delicious. Going there, do try the ‘Cozido a Portuguesa’.
So, last weekend it was a sunny weekend. And what better way of enjoying a sunny weekend than go to the seaside?
It was a really nice trip, with the girlfriend and a couple of friends. Weather was great, and even a 4 hour bus trip didn’t destroy our motivations. And we definitely had the best time over there.
Unfortunately I was a bit sick (what’s new? :p) and couldn’t enjoy everything at 100%, but it was a good getaway nevertheless and something to repeat soon.
Photos will follow soon.
It’s been a very busy month July. I was up to a lot this month, with the tidying up of the flat, going out on the weekends, not much free time was left unused (which is good).
Let’s see, I got to watch the new Batman movie on of this weekends, going out to a Portuguese restaurant to have a francesinha, played tennis, had my first sunday roast ever, my first english breakfast this year, first cake in my new flat… well, quite an eventful month indeed. Oh and the Wimbledon experience as well!
And next one will definitely be a good one as well. Already have quite a few things planned, so let’s hope all of them come true. Definitely going to the olympics will be one of those things. A volleybal match, should be quite interesting and a nice experience once we manage to get trough the crowds :p