This restaurant is amazing. Plain and simple. You get amazing, fresh food, impeccably served, in an great interior ambiance at a reasonable price.
I have to qualify ambiance. The restaurant is situated next to the mega shopping complex on Maloney Boulevard. The entire neighborhood has an industrial park feel. The building is a strangely shaped building whose most prominent tenant is a nails salon. There is virtually no parking -- you have to park across the street in the shopping complex where there is tons of parking.
The layout is funny too. I think it used to be Tucson's -- a sports bar. You enter through the bar section with the bar and a few small tables, go through a passageway to the dining room. The walls are sparsely decorated with a Portuguese motif. But you are there for the food.
The seafood is out of this world. It is fresh, abundant, tasty and well prepared. When you order the calamari, don't expect that breaded, deep-fried rings of rubber. This is real calamari, grilled to perfection.
The table d'hote was $28 per person. We had mussels with a great sauce and not overcooked. And the chicken piri piri is to die for. Even without the piri piri sauce, served separately, you can taste the fine grilling. The shoestring fries are perhaps some of the best that I have ever tasted. My partner had the lamb shank, which was done to perfection.
The desserts are out of this world. A half liter of house wine is reasonable at $15 and it is perfect (Portuguese white, or red). Classic table service with bread and linen napkins.
The restaurant is a perfect example of a classy, European style restaurant at reasonable prices. Before tip, a veritable feast came to $82 dollars including wine. That was for appetizer, entree, dessert and coffee
The place was full and it was hopping. Reservations definitely recommended.
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