This post is aimed specifically at vinhotinto75 and Monchique, since they seem to be great resources for everything Portugal and have posted so extensively over the last few years, but definitely welcome suggestions from anyone who has been to any of the restaurants or places.
We are going on a 10 day trip to portugal, and have never visited the country before but are very excited. My girfriend and I are both late 20's and are huge foodies and try to make restaurants and wine a major part of our trips over to Europe. I have read through nearly all of the reports on the website as well as guidebooks etc. trying to whittle down by restaurant list for the trip. I would love comments and any answers to the questions below:
Case de Comida
We also typically like to do one over the top dinner in each country we are in, with great service atmosphere food etc. I have read mixed reviews on many of the restaurants below, does anyone have a strong opinion, or maybe one of the restaurants above qualifies? Also are any of these places open on Sundays? We are having issues trying to find a sunday night dinner....
For Porto, I have read many of the reviews and narrowed the list down to the following:
A Mesa com Bacchus -- haven't seen much on the boards about this place, but it sounds like an amazing experience ... anyone been here?
Bull & Bear
Can only choose two from the above four options, any suggestions?
For Duoro, haven't seen much on the board.Right now we are planning to stay in the vintage house in Pinhao, and do one dinner there and one dinner at DOC. Any other alternatives in the area worth considering?
Finally last question. On the drive back between Porto and Lisbon, are there any romantic stops along the coast. Thinking secluded beaches, historic towns, good view points etc. that anyone can reccommend? We are trying to make a day of the trip back with stops along the coast to break up the drive back to Lisbon.
Thank so much for all the assistance it is greatly appreciated!!