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“Better than expected!”
Review of Bistro Central - CLOSED

Bistro Central
Cuisines: International
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Stylish lounge bar , chilled vibe with large terraces. Serving wines from all over Portugal , cocktails and kids mocktails too! Main sporting events shown too. Plenty of seating inside and out.
Reviewed 9 October 2017

This place is in a great position right in the centre of the village. It also gets the best afternoon sun. After reading the poor reviews we didn't expect much but actually the evening meal food, I had steak, was OK and the service quite freindly. However, the drinks service in the afternoon is a different matter - we asked if there was a drinks list and were told there wasn't one. Our drinks did arrive, though my wife's Coke was warm. We watched others wait so long to be served they gave up and moved to the bar next door! A lost opportunity, this could be a great bar.

Thank MarkandBJ
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Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Such a fabulous place to eat, It is positioned in the centre of Salema and you can relax and watch the world go by. We ate there one evening last week whilst on holiday and it was faultless. I highly recommend ordering the white sangria, it’s delicious but be warned very strong! Will definitely book a table when visiting the area again.

Thank Joanne O
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

We tried a few places during our visit to Salema, and by far, this was our favourite. It's a quirky little gem.

We were on an organized walking tour, and this was the place to come for breakfast each day. Paolo put on a really good spread, with lots of choices brought right to the table, and even provided the option of packing some for lunch on our hike. Excellent cappucinos to start the day! Paolo was so welcoming, we decided to try the place for dinner.

It was busy, but he found us a seat, and attended to us quickly. The couvert was fresh, the wine good, and our main meals were delicious and very generously sized. I ordered the Fettucine Bistro, and it was excellent - three types of pasta including squid ink, and lots of big prawns and scallops perfectly cooked in a delicate but flavourful sauce.

Paolo and the other waitress stopped by our table on several occasions to chat, as well as with other patrons at other tables. Paolo even helped us with some tips for the next leg of our hike. It was a lovely evening, and if we ever return to Salema, we will certainly stop by again for a meal.

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2  Thank BDKR
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Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Our usual restaurant on the beach was closed on Sunday - so we came here, and the food was excellent, lovely fish soup, very good and enormous prawn and avocado starter and perfectly grilled salmon, sardines and sea bass ( not over cooked) for main course. One of us ordered pasta with prawns, which again was very good. Another had perfectly cooked plump mussels.
Overall we were very impressed and look forward to our next visit!

1  Thank Dickson D
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Caren R, Owner at Bistro Central, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2017

Thank you very much.
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Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

Went without booking but were shown to a seat straight away. Be prepared for a wait as they were busy and only 2 staff out front, which didn't bother us. Food was lovely when it came and was worth the wait. Try it.

1  Thank ericity
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