Mercearia Gadanha Restaurant in Estremoz (Alentego, Portugal)
Alentego is commonly known as the breadbasket of Portugal, a region of vast open countryside with undulating plains and rich fertile soil. It is known for its traditional cheeses, wines, bread, smoked hams and sausages. The region is the world’s most important producer of cork. The natives of Alentejo take their cuisine seriously and they enjoy long lunches of three hours or more and leisurely dinner accompanied by great wine of the region. Sandwiches and fast food are frowned upon. On our recent trip to the medieval town of Estremoz, we had lunch at Mercearia Gadanha, a renowned restaurant in the area. The town is famous for its fine marble, which have been used in many famous buildings and sculptures in Portugal. Marcearia Gadanha is a restaurant cum grocery store with a fine selection of wine, olive oil, smoked meat and cheeses. The menu showcases cuisine and products from the region cook in a traditional style with a contemporary twist.
Mercearia Gadanha is a boutique restaurant patronised mostly by the locals, which is usually a good indication of great food (as opposed to touristy outfit). Mostly fresh and local ingredients in season are used in their innovative yet traditional menu helmed by a renowned local chef supported by a team of friendly and helpful staff. It has an informal atmosphere of a delicatessen store at the front, a wine cellar and a small restaurant at the back. It exudes a cosy and homey ambience.
I would certainly recommend this restaurant to anyone who is visiting Entremoz. The web site is http://merceariagadanha.pt/.
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