I don't know if it is a case of 'while the cat is away the mice will play', but for the first time ever we had a most disappointing meal at your prestigious restaurant.
Service was very slow - "because we are training new staff" according to the manager. There were only two vegetables - plain carrots and courgettes - irrespective of what meal was ordered and indeed for both the fish and the meat dishes on the taster menu. I was not asked how I wanted my lamb cooked (it was in fact hardly cooked !) nor which of the three advertised sauces I wanted as an accompaniment.
The wine waiter was excellent - keeping our glasses well filled, giving good advice and knowledgable about wines but the manager (?) although very pleasant seemed to be constantly in a flap and tattoos are no substitute for white gloved service.
To sum up - expensive and disappointing !!
It is, but the menu hasn't changed for years, and it has got very expensive. They always have scallops with ravioli and truffle on as a special starter and they don't tell you the price.alf1956 wrote:If you want quality food you should try La Bella Vita at Clube Atlantico. In my opinion the best food for miles around !
If you go to tripadvisor you can certainly find disappointed customers. I wish we could eat there for €85 ! It's normally double that for us . However we've been going there for more than 20 years, and will continue to do so. Actually the one thing I don't like is their amuse bouche which I always find too substantialalf1956 wrote:Maybe the old adage is being used "if its not broken don't fix it" & I have yet to see a bad review about the place We find enough choices on the menu to satisfy us & when we have taken friends & family there. You can also add or take away items on the menu which we sometimes do which is never a problem for them to do. In the menu card the prices are stated, regarding the chef specials I am sure if you asked how much they were that the waiter will tell you. We do not find it expensive at all regarding that we class it as "fine dinning" 2 x surf & turf plus drinks approx. €85 which I think is reasonable when you can spend nearly as much as that on 2 meals at A Rede.
alf1956 wrote:Not been on trip advisor as i have a lot of bad things about the site, ie people put false reviews on especially rival businesses etc. I prefer to read reviews that are more local ie the Carvoeiro forum or wherever I am a web site local to a place I am going to visit. I maybe a little blinkered in some peoples opinion but I do prefer to go by local reviews on local web sites/forums rather than the larger ones which are prone to fake reviews, not saying that this cannot happen on local sites but I do tend to find not. We eat there regular but there are only 2 of us & we have 2 x main meals with couvert & the amuse bouche which we use as a starter we do not have any desserts as we are quite full after that & the bill is approx €85/
That's fine. I have never eaten in A Rede, as the outside cacophony puts me me off. So you would pay roughly the same there for couvert and a main meal and the same drinks?
I take tripadvisor with a pinch of salt but the reviews I read on there sounded about right, knowing who they were talking about and what they described . It does no harm reading them and comparing them with your experience, rather than dismissing them out of hand. I only mentioned tripadvisor as you said you had never heard of a bad review and I thought I would show that they do exist, even if you now doubt their credibility.