“Pão & Vinho” is a very cozy restaurant located in an old house in Santarém Valley on the roadside of national no. 3.
Luís Miravent, the owner, has the help of women’s hands to prepare exquisite dishes (were this an “in” place and they’d be “author” dishes), which are also both traditioinal and unpretentious.
The starters list includes some superb and spicy “empadas de galinha” (chicken pies), “peixinhos-da-horta” ( breaded green beans) on the right tempura, asparagus, stuffed tomatoes and “ovos verdes” (boiled eggs stuffed with vegetables).
As to fish main courses, two of them are particularly remarkable: steam boiled octopus and grilled or fillet hogfish, a kind of fish of our coast but whose cooking had never been heard of. Grouper was also an option.
The list of meat courses consists of roast beef, duck rice, veal stew, pickled partridge and roasted lamb loin.
For dessert, the options were displayed on a table at the entrance of the room: Abade de Priscos pudding, tarte Tatin, pears in Madeira wine and “encharcada”, a kind of eggs and sugar pudding.
Local wines stand out in the wine list.
The service is friendly and efficient. Reservation advised.