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“Great food from a menu with a difference!”
Review of The Grape Vine

The Grape Vine
Ranked #1 of 6 Restaurants in Espiche
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$12 - US$17
Cuisines: Wine Bar
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Located in a traditional Portuguese village, yet within 5 minutes of the beautiful beach at Praia da Luz, The Grape Vine serves a range of international dishes in a relaxed and friendly environment. All our dishes are prepared in our kitchen and made using only fresh ingredients. Customers are invited to come along to enjoy a glass of wine from our extensive list of world wines. We also stock a choice of beers and soft drinks! We hope you visit us soon.
Reviewed 9 September 2017

We came here with friends for lunch having not been here before and we are so glad we did. The restaurant is tucked away in an Espiche urbanisation but was easy to find. We got the bus there from Lagos and it couldn't have been simpler.

We were greeted by Leo who si South African and who jointly owns the restaurant which they have simply but cleverly refurbished. It has a high ceiling which on a hot day like ours (30c!) keeps the main seating area nicely cool. You can also eat outside on both the small front and back terraces which a number of people were doing.

The menu is a mixture of straight forward pizza, steaks, salads but also a really nice selection of African dishes. I started with the chicken livers piri piri which was full of flavour - warning no.1 the portions sizes for starters are large so beware! My husband had garlic mushrooms which he loved, again a large portion but then the mushrooms were large and whole. For the main course I, along with others, had Babootie ( apologies if I have the spelling wrong!)which is on the African section of the menu. It was excellent and again full of interesting and different flavours. It came with desiccated coconut and a homemade chutney, very nice indeed.

My husband and the rest of our party had the fish and chips. Highly recommended by all who go there, the fish is South African hake lightly fried in a batter with mushy peas, great chips and a fantastic homemade tartar sauce. I have to say it looked so nicely presented and appealing!

For dessert we all had the homemade, by Leo, Malva (again apologies if I the wrong spelling!)which is a kind of sponge pudding in a sweet syrup ( like Golden Lion Syrup) and amaretto. This is a South African dish which Leo makes himself and which was to die for! I would have had another portion if I hadn't already over eaten with the other 2 course!!

With all of this food we had South African wines, which were a lovely change from Portuguese wines. We had excellent service throughout, Leo has a very dry and lovely sense of humour and the food was both different and delicious. Warning No 2 - The portions are large so perhaps you might have to choose which courses to have but you must save space for the Malva pudding at least once! They do a meal deal too where you can have 3 course for a very good price and there are number of Mozambican dishes which you may need to order 24 hours ahead of time. I am looking forward to doing that the next time we visit. We had a voucher for a free bottle of wine from a book of discount vouchers, which you should look out for if you are in Lagos, but we had plenty to drink between us and were delighted when we received our bill! So very reasonable considering all that we ate and drank.

So we are so pleased to discover a new restaurant outside of our usual territory of Lagos and Luz and will certainly be back for more!

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Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

Friendly and welcoming as usual, excellent food. Will definitely be back next time we are in Luz. From the 'Family'

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Reviewed 17 August 2017

Just returned from a really lovely meal at The Grapevine.The owner who is South African suggested some wonderful dishes which our group really enjoyed.Good service in pleasant surroundings made it memorable.Tried their Malva pudding which was newto me and it was epic!!!

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Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

Returning here for the second time after finding the place last year we were not disappointed. Excellent food, super tasty and cooked to perfection and great hosts making everyone feel welcome, also great meals for the kids (3/5yrs). We will be back again next year!

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Reviewed 20 July 2017

There's few things as satisfying as discovering a restaurant off the beaten track that far exceeds any pre-conceptions or expectations. The owner of The Grapevine runs this fabulous find in Espiche with the same passion he once worked in the lineout alongside Rassie Erasmus. This South African restaurant is superb. It's underpriced. And no one could ever claim they were underfed. It took us four visits to make a booking and secure a table. We've booked our retu n already. Our part of seven went for various options but the SA barbecue is stunning - steak, chops and a South African sausage. My wife had the prawns, 15 no less on the plate. Just go.

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