It's just a half hour drive out of Lisboa or Lisbon. In a tiny village of 10,000+ folks where bacalhau, vino and quezo are taken seriously. Highly recommended.
Bacalhau or codfish is as Portuguese as can be, and they sure grill them properly here in Arruda Dos Vinhos. I hear they serve good bife or steaks too, though I have not tried it. Either way, do go on an empty stomach!
Two orders of Bacalhau good for 7 of us. Maybe even for 9 pax. They served us the house wine, a platter of jamon, morcilla and really good salsichon before the main dish. The quezo from sheep's milk came plastic-packed but didn't take away the goodness, yum!
But just as I warned, go with empty stomachs and stay away from the bread. Welcome the star of the gastronomic treat! Bacalhau never tasted this good. Simply grilled in wood and fire. You can watch them grill your humungous codfish!
It was busy the day we dined in this easy-to-miss resto with a rustic ambience. Good thing we found a good driver with fine tastes. Norberto made our day!
We drove from Fatima through O Fuso towards Sintra. Perfect! Especially for travelers without itineraries like us. Good bacalhau, good wine, rustic place.
If you're doing Fatima or Sintra out of Lisbon, hire a van and pass by this place. It's worth the detour. Best deal for €480 including tip!