Restaurante Churrasqueira Povoense
MARCH 14, 2015
Today we had a family lunch out in the rural agricultural area of Mafra in a small village called “Povoa da Galega”. Mafra is a council just outside of Lisbon and right next to Loures, where I live. You´ll need a car to get here.
This restaurant is the best Churrasqueira (grilled food restaurant) around and one of our areas best kept secrets. Most of the locals of Portugal, from Lisbon and the surrounding areas all the way up to Porto, know about this place. I know people who have driven down from Porto just to eat here. We love it!
The food is typical Portuguese grilled meats (pork & beef), all local, all fresh. Served with French fries and a simple salad with tomatoes, onions, vinagre and olive oil. They also serve grilled cod (Bacalhau na Brasa ), soups and have awesome appetizers, we love the tuna paté (Paté de Atum) and desserts, the house sweet (Doce da Casa) is our favorite. The food is seasoned to perfection and is absolutely delicious. It’s also REALLY cheap! For two kinds of meat, fries, salad, an appetizer, drinks, dessert and coffee for two people it’s only about 25€.
As a designer I must acknowledge the interior decor; it’s very lovely and traditional Portuguese, porcelain inlayed, polished wooden coat racks and porcelain chandeliers with Portuguese floral designs on them. They use a lot of dark wood, dining chairs and tables give a very rustic atmosphere, along with everything else. It is indeed very charming!
They are closed on Sundays and only do dinner on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Lunch 12:00 – 15:00 (12 – 3pm) Dinner 19:30 – 22:00 (7:30 – 10:00pm)
If you go for lunch, be sure to get there by 12:00 PM (noon), especially on Saturdays or Sundays, or you will be waiting in a very, very long line. The restaurant fills up in about 15 minutes after 12:00 on weekends. It’s not easy to find the first time around so I suggest leaving early, depending on where you live. It takes us about 20 minutes to get there from Loures. Use GOOGLEMAPS, or your GPS if you have one. The food is worth the trip!
Here is the menu with prices [ http://churrasqueirapovoense.com/ementa.php ]
ADDRESS for Restaurante Churrasqueira Povoense
Rua 1º de Maio 2
Póvoa da Galega