Restaurante Central – classic village restaurant

Restaurante Central is a place where I (and my family) have been coming for years now, and it has never disappointed me. Well, maybe on Thursdays, when I again forget that that’s the only day they are closed.

Ingang Restaurante Central, Colares

Restaurante Central is located in Colares, near the beautiful Sintra.

Nice staff

Besides the fact that many local families come to eat at Central, the staff also seems to be one big family. The same people have been around for at least the last 15 years.

Large portions – delicious food

The menu is fairly traditional, with dishes such as secretos, arroz de pato, polvo and bacalhau.
Central BacalhauCentral Colares

But nowadays there are some vega dishes and you can also order extra vegetables. That is extraordinary, considering vegetables with your dish are usually very scanty in Portugal.

It is difficult to choose form the menu, the last time we went for Bacalhau a Central and the Secretos de Porco Preto. And again we were not disappointed, the food was delicious!

Child friendly

Our then three-year-old daughter is usually very well entertained here. Not only did she get a nice placemat and children’s cutlery, after ordering our food there were colouring books and coloured pencils so she could show off her artistic skills.

Central Colares Kindvriendelijk

Not expensive

Restaurante Central fits well in a low budget holiday. We paid just under 40€ (£35) for a full lunch with the three of us. For that, besides our main courses with a bottle of water and half a liter of house wine we also had dessert and coffee.

If you’re on the way to or from Sintra and you pass by Restaurante Central, stop to enjoy lunch or dinner here.

Address: Rua da Liberdade 100 Colares
Openingstijden: Monday, Tuesday and Friday – Sunday: 12.30 – 5 p.m. and 7 – 23 p.m.
Wednesday 12:30 – 5 p.m. | Closed on Thursday.

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