Cosy, super friendly, fast service (3 course meal in less than 1 hour) and great food. Intimate table setting in small bistro with 5 seats at the bar. The service was fantastic and the menu varied and interesting. The food was fresh, imaginative and good. The only thing letting this place down is the possibly the toilets that have not yet achieve the same level of care and attention as every other other aspect of this restaurant. Would go again ...and again!
We had grilled octopus, mushroom risotto, fish soup, tuna tartar, and a steak sandwich. Seasoning was pretty good, but somewhat variable. Good flavors. Service was solid. Deserts were tasty, but nothing special. Good wine list. It wasn't special, but we'd come back.
I was a bit embarrassed at this place as it was quite swanky and my 2 year old wanted to touch everything. Or cry! The staff were lovely though. After he knocked the water over they cleaned it up with a smile. While he tried to play with the till and the card machine the bar man let him (a little) and offered him cranberries. In the end my husband and I had to take it in turns to stand outside with him as he just wanted to run. Anyway.....the food. Amazing!!! I had fish soup followed by the pork. The pork melted on your tongue. It was delicious. The fish soup was lovely and beautifully served. I had an aperol to start and if it wasn't for my 2 year old I would have liked to drink it before my food came and then order wine. But it was a bit rushed. I was able to drink the aperol while both courses and bread and olives to start were served. Not sure if they picked up on our need to rush because of child. But would definitely go back if I had a babysitter.
As in any other Avillez's restaurant, the food is great, and the staff is well trained and welcoming. Whoever, I consider that the dishes were undeserved. I couldn't stop feeling disappointed with the amount of food served, it felt like a children's size dish. It is expected to want more of such marvelous food, but not in this fashion. It feels overpriced given the alternatives in the city. I love the food (can't say that enough), but the amount of food/price ratio is not fair for Portuguese standards.
Enjoy your lunch at this restaurant! I for sure did. All servings where pleasure. Starting with delicious bread, butter flavored with truffle, tomato mouse or olives. Soup from chestnut combined with amazing fennel in correct amount was hard to resist. I almost licked my plate.. (I did not, home: I would). And octopus with sweet potato mash, basil and sweet little tomatoes. Feast and celebration of real flavors and good product. Who needs crazy sauces when food can taste this delicious? As desert: my favorite creme brûlée with little kiss of orange flavor. I walked out with smile on my face.