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“Great lunch & wonderful staff”

Docaria Almeixar, Bistro Restaurante
Ranked #2 of 30 Restaurants in Gale
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 6 - US$ 28
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Whilst looking for a name for this place having in mind the concept "innovate by using traditional products", I went back to the memories of my childhood and remembered the "almenxar" of my grandmother Emilia, fenced by rock rose flower ("esteva") firewood. To my mind came that sweet and intense smell which was produced by the layers of figs spread out on the mats under the warm summer sun. And I knew this was the right name: figs "almeixar", almonds "almeixar", carobs "almeixar"...Also the Algarve, Albufeira, Alcantarilha and even Almeida, our surname. All of this is a heritage left by the Arabs. "Almeixar" comes from the Arabic "al-manxar" and here in the Algarve we would say "almanxar", "alminxar" or "almenxaire". The word "Docaria" (Cake Specialties) was used because there are many sweets involved, tenderness and effort that we would like to dedicate to you. With this name and this place I want to pay tribute, in general, to the humble people of the old Algarve, like when it was time for the harvest of the dried fruits or any other harvest it was always a good reason for happiness and gratefulness to mother earth who always compensates those who work with love and dedication. I also want to pay tribute especially to my mother who dedicated her entire life to the work in the country side and even when she got home tired she would cook very basic food which I miss so much! Nevertheless I also want to pay tribute to my father who with his 84 years of age still cultivates everything he needs in his vegetable garden, picks the fruits himself and makes his own firewater called "medronho" which he drinks during the year. He still cooks those divine dishes from the mountains which remind me of the tastes of my childhood such as peas with new potatoes and slices of homemade sausages with homemade bread which my mother would knead by hand and it would be baked in a wood burning oven. And how could I forget my brother who would do me the favour of eating the white parts of the dried ham and leaving the tender parts for me which were the only ones I liked. I would like to thank my daughter and my daughter-in-law for supporting me in this project, or is it the other way around? I thank my husband for backing me up to go ahead with this challenge in these difficult times. Nevertheless I'm also counting on the help and collaboration of my two sons. Certainly I'm also embracing this new project thinking of my grandchildren and of those who are still to come; this way they will get to know their roots and can be proud of them as much as I'm proud of mine. It is with great pleasure that I hope to share with my clients the tastes of my memories, because you are the reason for the "Almeixar Cake Specialties".
Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

First time here on a rainy lunch. Large car park along side, so easy. Lovely interior and very friendly staff. We had ham & cheese omelettes with chips. I had smoothie, which was great. Good value. We will be back

Date of visit: March 2018
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Reviewed 11 March 2018

There are not enough superlatives to express how wonderful this beautiful bistro is.
But first and foremost - I must extend a huge thankyou to a particular member of staff. Unfortunately we can't recall his name - but he is of African Portuguese descent. He is the ultimate considerate and efficiently polite member of staff. Curteous and clever. He made the whole experience of visiting Docaria exemplary. The food was excellent - fresh and tasty, the decor luxurious but not imposing. The fruit tart paired with fig icecream is scrumptious. We look forward to returning, again and again.

Date of visit: October 2017
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2  Thank daisy c
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Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

Terrific, modern, clean place with huge menu. We opted for omelettes for late breakfast. Very nice. Pastries are wonderful. Excellent service as well.

Date of visit: March 2018
2  Thank Linda R
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Reviewed 23 February 2018

We have visited this wonderful restaurant many tiimes over the last few months (sadly they were closed for the winter) and have now reopened for the summer.
The menu is varied, interesting and affordable.
Had some really tasty breakfasts here, and the coffee is really good.
Great stop also for cakes and ice cream.
Evening meals vary from pizzas, meat dishes and pancakes.
An all round good choice at an affordable price.
But best of all is the service and staff. You are always treated as an individual and the staff always find time to talk to you. Norbert and his staff are amazing and we love it here!

Date of visit: October 2017
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1  Thank luv2holidayinthesun
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Reviewed 19 January 2018

Clean and inviting cafe/restaurant that serve the best waffles and desserts. We visit everytime we visit Galé as the kids love the homemade ice-cream and the banana splits. The service is excellent and the wi-fi is free.

Date of visit: January 2018
1  Thank Gm863
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