Mar D'Fora (ex O Boteco)

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Mar D'Fora (ex O Boteco)

Postby Aldo » Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:55 pm

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Re: Mar D'Fora (ex O Boteco)

Postby tricky » Fri Jul 24, 2015 12:55 pm

Thanks for that great review. Will definitely visit
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Re: Mar D'Fora (ex O Boteco)

Postby piggywidden93 » Thu Jul 30, 2015 1:52 pm

Definitely going to visit here when we are over. It looks lovely.
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Re: Mar D'Fora (ex O Boteco)

Postby algarve123 » Thu Jul 30, 2015 2:49 pm

Very good detailed review Aldo, we are also really looking forward to going to this place when out in a few weeks. Great to hear they are doing a good job. :D :D :D
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Re: Mar D'Fora (ex O Boteco)

Postby HampshireRich » Fri Jul 31, 2015 4:55 pm

We ate there a couple of weeks ago. The new decor etc is beautiful - feels and looks clean and fresh. Food was super - cost was a little higher than other places - I paid €85 for 2 people but that was 3 courses each plus bottle of wine, 2 coffee liqueurs and beer.
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Re: Mar D'Fora (ex O Boteco)

Postby Aldo » Fri Aug 07, 2015 8:51 pm

my daughter booked on line after my recommendation. She had her confirmation when she arrived tonight the table had not been reserved, the staff were rude and they had a bad table at the back in the corner. This is not acceptable and we will not be recommending the restaurant or going back
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Re: Mar D'Fora (ex O Boteco)

Postby sandman » Sun Aug 09, 2015 11:34 am

We tried this restaurant recently with a large party. The food is just ok but very expensive. Couvert was pricey at around 27 euro for 4adults and 7 young children( kids only picked at the bread). We got charged 6.40 euro for 8 portions of butter, of which 3 were delivered to the wrong table but for which we were still charged. We chose not to leave a tip as we felt service was not great and the couvert price should cover it. Don't think they were impressed with that. It was busy, but they will need to up their standards of food and service to survive the winter. It is a lovely setting and great looking restaurant. Service was surly at best!
Best meal so far has been Onze - chicken Caesar salad for lunch and the duck breast for dinner!
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Re: Mar D'Fora (ex O Boteco)

Postby e-richard » Sat Aug 29, 2015 9:26 pm

I'm sad that Aldo felt it necessary to delete his post, but that was his personal choice. Ironically, we have given Onze two tries and been exceedingly disappointed on both occasions. So, read my views on Mar D'Fora with equal skepticism.

We found it to be OK to Good. Not great, not bad, not cheap, not outrageous. Service was friendly, prompt and helpful. Plenty of staff waiting to help.

The setting is superb and the refurb is excellent.
Now, do I think these two things warrant the inflated prices?
In a word, no.
In retrospect, what was needed was a new chef at the original Portuguese style O Boteco - OR - A superb Chef at the expensively refurbed Mar D'Fora. So far we have something in between and I'm not sure what. It's a simple boring competitor to Tia Ilda just down the road, or a clone of the over-priced restaurants on the square. Its not mind blowing great, but I feel well fed, well served, and my wallet is lighter by more than it should be.

So, do give it a try - at least once, preferably twice and review again. That's what I will do.
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Re: Mar D'Fora (ex O Boteco)

Postby Alison » Sun Sep 27, 2015 4:41 pm

Tried this last week. Have always liked the location and really like the new look. 3 of us had 2 course meal with drinks and wine and couvert for 115 euros. Staff friendly, food was good and service efficient so despite being on the pricey side, we will go again.
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Re: Mar D'Fora (ex O Boteco)

Postby Aldo » Sun Sep 27, 2015 10:06 pm

We deleted the post as we do not reward bad behaviour. Under no circumstance would we recommend or return to this restaurant Our first and last bill here was 160 euro for 2 people. However the treatment of my daughter was unforgivable. Draw your own conclusions
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Re: Mar D'Fora (ex O Boteco)

Postby Bruce Wallis » Wed Sep 30, 2015 7:23 pm

A party of 10 of us ate there last Sunday night.

Location....undoubtedly superb.
The menu is somewhat limited, especially the choices of pasta dishes, and is somewhat patchily delivered.
My wifes seafood pasta dish was very limited in seafood, as was my sister-in-laws.
My daughter really enjoyed her salad.
The waiter insisted that my fillet of lamb was best served medium, not medium rare as I ordered. It was overcooked, and the sauté potatoes greasy and undercooked.
There were hardly any desserts on offer....just 2 cakes.
The house wine was quite good but a bit expensive.

If they are looking to get into Ele&Ellas market, they'll need to up their game.

Overall, they are still probably finding their feet, but there is plenty of room for improvement...a restaurant cant survive for ever on the view, and the undoubted improvements of the restaurant environment itself.
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Re: Mar D'Fora (ex O Boteco)

Postby widge » Tue Oct 06, 2015 6:24 pm

Bruce, let's be frank, if you can't cook a lamb chop or saute a potato then you probably shouldn't be in the restaurant business?

We enjoyed some delicious well prepared food at Villa Julianna only a few days earlier - it's hardly rocket science.

Why don't you open your doors to the public ?????????????

Paddy could be Maitre D & Marcia in charge of wine?
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Re: Mar D'Fora (ex O Boteco)

Postby shanagarry » Sat Oct 10, 2015 9:37 pm

Where is Villa Julianna?
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Re: Mar D'Fora (ex O Boteco)

Postby widge » Sun Oct 11, 2015 7:50 am

shanagarry wrote:Where is Villa Julianna?


I'm afraid it's a closely guarded secret and dining is by personal invitation only ! It's Bruce's villa shanagarry :wink:
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Re: Mar D'Fora (ex O Boteco)

Postby Bruce Wallis » Sun Oct 18, 2015 7:02 pm

I would have Roger as maitre de, and maybe you as executive chef
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