Cantinho do Avillez
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For a restaurant with a 2 star Michelin brother behind and several other well-known sisters in the city, we were surprised (and not) to only wait 5 minutes to get a table on a busy Sunday afternoon. We, a couple mid 50's traveling mostly to enjoy food around the world when not busy working, were warmly accommodated and well served. Learning a few words of local language goes far. The chosen starters were surprising in bold flavors without compromising delicacy. Based on what you order, some dishes take time to prepare. But what's the rush. The ambiance is perfect. The music tasteful in the back allowing easy conversation with your table partner. The main courses were splendid. Haven't had an octopus dish that tender in long time and the pairing with sweet potato mash was fabulous. The black pork was braised to perfection and the side of fresh made chips crispy outside and soft inside. Great wine selection and not to forget the in house made ice teas are delicious too. We shared a dessert and left happily and satisfied good two hours later. Thank you wait staff/chef team for the great experience.
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For a restaurant with a 2 star Michelin brother behind and several other well-known sisters in the city, we were surprised (and not) to only wait 5 minutes to get a table on a busy Sunday afternoon. We, a couple mid 50's traveling mostly to enjoy food around the world when not busy working, were warmly accommodated and well served. Learning a few words of local language goes far. The chosen starters were surprising in bold flavors without compromising delicacy. Based on what you order, some dishes take time to prepare. But what's the rush. The ambiance is perfect. The music tasteful in the back allowing easy conversation with your table partner. The main courses were splendid. Haven't had an octopus dish that tender in long time and the pairing with sweet potato mash was fabulous. The black pork was braised to perfection and the side of fresh made chips crispy outside and soft inside. Great wine selection and not to forget the in house made ice teas are delicious too. We shared a dessert and left happily and satisfied good two hours later. Thank you wait staff/chef team for the great experience.

We went to Cantinho do Avillez twice during our stay in Lisbon. First visit was perfect - the food as well as the the waitering. But the second time the waitering was not quite as perfect. We got our drinks a bit late and for our desserts we had to ask for the drink that one of us ordered after we had got everything else. The food was still quite good though, perfectly prepared.

The food was very good. The service could be better, and a bit more space between tables would be appreciated. Definately a place to visit again.

This restaurant is capable of delivering a better dining experience than my family had there recently. The cherry gazpacho was superb; the giant prawns were very good and very expensive; and the fish soup was good. The octopus on a bed of mashed sweet potatoes had little flavor and the textures didn't work. A dessert described as "life-altering" was undistinguished. Most upsetting in a restaurant at this level was the 30 minute gap between our finishing our starters and the delivery of our main courses, which occurred only after our prompting.

Absolutely sensational! I love the scallop w/ avocado (starter), the traditional steak sandwich w/ fried eggs and Hazelnut3 for the dessert..

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