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When in Sintra...

Homero | Oct 23, 2009 01:24 PM

I just wanted to put up a quick post about Restaurante Regional de Sintra in Sintra Portugal. It is located next door to the municipal hall, and serves simple and delicious Portuguese staples at very reasonable prices. Because of the nature of Sintra as a tourist attraction, many of the restaurants in the centro (near the Palacio Nacional) are overpriced. Regional was recommended to us by a local.

We had dinner there two nights in a row. The first night, my SO and I shared the roasted leg of lamb. It was 19 Euros for two people, and came with fried potatoes and steamed vegetables on the side. The lamb was very tender, flavorful, and not overly gamey. Very good. We also enjoyed two bowls of the sopa de cebolla (3 Euros) (onion soup with cheese and bread) and the couvert which was 3 Euros total and consisted of bread, butter, cheese (cow,goat,and sheep mix) and olives. Wine was very reasonable as well. Their house wine went for 5.50 Euro a bottle, and we had a nice bottle of Dao Grao Vasco for 7 Euros.

The second night, we had the sopa de cebolla again, and SO had the Fried Pork in Red Wine, and I had the Stewed Eel. Once again the portions we very generous. The pork was marinated in red wine and then sauteed. It came with fried potatoes on the side. The Stewed Eel was very good as well consisting of chunks of fresh water eel in a sweet sofrito like-sauce with cilantro and slices of bread. Very filling, and rich. The eel was very fresh. This time we settled for a half bottle of wine, and also had the couvert.

Both times the meal came out to about 35 Euro for 2 with more than enough food and wine to go around. A good recommendation if you want to try simpler Portuguese cooking.

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