Ancoradouro Restaurante

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Rua Rodrigo Guerra, Madalena, Portugal
Ancoradouro Restaurante - sunset view
Ancoradouro Restaurante - outside
Ancoradouro Restaurante - inside
Ancoradouro Restaurante - inside
Ancoradouro Restaurante - garopa fish

Ancoradouro Restaurante Madalena Reviews

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Great view paired with acceptable food and rushed service Feb 07, 2017
N38.52742° W28.53626° From the terrace, three old ship cannons are available for signalling customers that the restaurant is open for business, but before opening at 7pm customers flock to it fill it up in minutes. Battle stations for the staff members and student waiters to rush their orders in. No personal attention, culinary advice or friendly words. You are on a conveyor belt before to onslaught of 9pm customers to take your table. Waiters make you stick to the schedule.

Although a well know fish restaurant, there was only one fresh fish from the sea. The rest was frozen. We ordered from the original menu in August 2016 for main dish the grilled Garopa fish for €15. It was served in an unspectacular way with cooked potatoes and fresh salad with out dressing. The fish tasted reasonably well. Nothing wrong with it or anything special. This was food that received no attention and no culinary effort went into it.

We ordered for white wine the Cancela do Porco 2015 IG for €20 from the vineyard of the same owners of the restaurant. A very fruity (lemon, citrus) and fatty wine commonly produced around Adelaide, Australia. Not bad, but not distinctive for Pico Island, which produces much better wines than this one.

The schedule of the waiters was decisive defeated by a sunset alarm. Customers left their tables to view and photograph the sunset over Faial Island. This is a good reason for dinning at Ancoradouro, but on Pico Island, there are better restaurant sunset view.

For this restaurant, regarded in travel guides as the best on Pico, the food was acceptable but not spectacular, the service was impersonal and rushed, the view from the terrace was out if this world and the price was higher than expected for this level of cooking and service. There is a well know saying that great views make for bad food. For Ancoradouro this is not true, but you should be warned.
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