Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Taberna Tipica Quarta Feira - Evora, Portugal

In planning our trip to Portugal one of the things I was most excited about was an evening at Taberna Tipica Quarta Feira, a small restaurant in Evora, Portugal (about an hour east of Lisbon).  It was rated as the no. 2 restaurant in Evora (out of 229) on Trip Advisor. It has only one seating a night and it is a fixed menu, you don't know what you are getting. Reservations are a must. We had reservations for 7:30 (made more than two months in advance) and got there a little early. It had been a very warm day and they were setting up tables and chairs in the street in front of the restaurant. We were the first ones there and Jaoa Dias, the owner, greeted us and reiterated that we don't pick the food, we get what we get. What's more, they don't tell you what you are eating until you've eaten (he acknowledged later that some people hearing it is something they don't think they like, they stop eating or refuse to eat). 

We got the pick of seat, right inside the front door where we could see the kitchen and catch a bit of a fan that was blowing. It was us and one other couple at 7:30 p.m. People started arriving in fits and starts, they must stagger the arrival times by about 15 minutes. By the time we left at 9:15 p.m. there were 38 guests, 25 inside and 13 outside. It was 39 Euros each, a real deal for what we got. 
First we got a serving of green olives, a cucumber and cream dip, some sliced bread with home-made jam and a drink that I don't recall. 

Then they just kept adding to it. Some smoked pork, some fried mushrooms,  cooked carrots, balsamic vinaigrette and greens. 

The first real distinctive dish was a small ice cream cone in a marble stand with bits of rabbit and pigs ear. It was good. I heard several people freaking out about that when they found out. 

The next dish was a sandwich made of cow tongue. It was marvelous: moist and tasty. Joao asked me what I thought it was and I guessed it right. 
Next dish was black pork neck. I've had lamb neck several times, but never pork neck. Delicious. 
This was followed by black pork cheeks, another delicious dish. 

This was followed by a dish of grilled tomato slices, cucumber and a burrito shaped green thing that I don't recall.  

Finally, we were so stuffed that we could hardly eat any of the last courses: cheese cake, fresh cherries (some of the best I've ever eaten), white drink and some sort of pudding, I believe. 

One of the best value meals I've ever had, huge number of courses, some real fun dishes. Another highlight of Portugal. 

1 comment:

  1. A truly fantastic meal, one to remember and salivate over for years.