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“Amazing food and wine pairing ”
Review of Degust'Ar

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Ranked #34 of 255 Restaurants in Evora
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Portuguese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

We went here for the premier food and wine pairing which was lovely. The food was very very good and the wine was all local and paired well. The most amazing part was our glasses where consultantly refilled. The veal dish was unreal with a chestnut butter and the dessert was a delight.
We will return if ever in Evora again. A truly fantastic experience

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Reviewed 13 October 2016

We went to Degust'Ar at the end of our holiday in Evora (having stayed in the magnificent Mar D'Aqueduto Hotel but being somewhat wary of hotel restaurants) and had a fabulous meal (and were very disappointed that this was our last evening in town...).

We opted for the menu degustation which is not only excellent value for money (44 EUR p.p. including matching wines), but also superbly cooked and very tasty. We loved everything about this meal: delicious food, wonderful service (attentive yet never intrusive), great pace and a lovely ambience - simply perfection!

I can not recommend this place highly enough - a must-visit when in Evora in my view (booking highly recommended)!

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Reviewed 1 October 2016

We'd identified this restaurant as a place to eat while we were in Evora, but having read some of the other reviews, we weren't at all sure. But we were fortunate enough to have been upgraded to this hotel, so we decided to try it. And boy we were glad we did.

Our visit to Evora was to celebrate our wedding anniversary, and we were looking for somewhere special to eat - this was definitely it. We opted for the Tasting menu with the "premier" wine selection - we wanted to try some new wines, and most of those in the "regular" selection we'd already tried.

This isn't going to be a short review, but if you want the edited highlights: it was a fantastic meal, each dish beautifully matched with the wines and great value.

And we suspect that the reason for some of the other reviews not being so positive is that the hotel is used as a stop on a tour of Portugal by a major tour travel group. We suspect that the package doesn't include the a la carte menu, but a more budget version, as none of the dishes mentioned were on the menu we saw.

But on with the review of the meal. We were seated and welcomed with the couvert (salmon pate, three types of butter, three types of bread, olive oil and olives) and a glass of Ervideira white sparkling wine - which if you'd told me was French champagne I wouldn't have argued.

Then the "amuse bouche" was served - a delicious spinach cream and mushroom soup. This was followed by the first of the starters - a beautifully seared scallop served on a bed of cauliflower cream with a basil foam - this was matched with a lovely Cartuxa wine - Floral de Evora - which was light and flowery but which complemented the dish perfectly.

We kept some of this wine to go with the next starter which was a delightful crab mousse served in a lovely light pastry "bun" - it looked a bit like a mini crab-burger, with a lettuce salad.

The fish course was a perfectly cooked fillet of red mullet served on an "orange porridge" with mint. The texture of the orange porridge was somewhat like English stuffing (usually served with roast dishes) before it's roasted. A little heavy, but the flavour matched the fish perfectly. This was served with a much more robust white wine from Herdade dos Grous.

To cleanse our palates before the meat course, we were served what was described as a "ginger ice cream". Ginger certainly, but it was more like a delicate mixture of ice cream and sorbet. It did its job of cleansing the palate.

Then to the main meat course - loin of veal with sausage, orange, potatoes, mushrooms and a chestnut pate. Hard to describe (I've uploaded a picture) but mine was absolutely delicious - it was beautifully cooked and fell apart under my knife. My wife's wasn't quite such a good piece of veal - there was a little gristle on one side. She ate about half of it. Her comment was that if this was the only dish of the meal, she'd have sent it back, but actually about half of it was all she needed at this point.

The veal was matched with a red Reserva from Esporao. This was very full bodied and intense. It worked well with the meat but in our opinion far too robust and intense for drinking without food. Great that we got to try it.

And then on to our two desserts. The first of which was described as "tropical cocktail fruits". It contained orange and pineapple with cream in a strawberry jelly. A bit like a mini trifle. The second was a selection of four different local desserts - I didn't catch all of them but there was a lot of egg and almond, and some carob involved. There was also a lovely lemon sorbet. It was matched with a dessert wine - a late harvest Antao Vaz again from Ervideira. I'm not usually a fan of sweet wines, but this went well with the desserts.

I finished with a rather large glass of Medronho (an aqua vite from the Monchique area of the Algarve). Including this, and a large bottle of mineral water, the whole meal came to only €120. Which, considering the quality, the number of dishes, the selection of wines and the terrific service, is amazing value! A meal like this would probably have cost nearer €200 on the Algarve (if you could find it), and likely double that in London.

My only minor criticism is that on the night we were there, there was no Maitre D welcoming diners at the entrance, so we (and others) had to go into the restaurant, amongst the diners, to find someone to check our reservation and seat us. A minor blemish in what was otherwise a fabulous meal and a lovely evening.

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Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

We had our Globus group dinner at the restaurant in the hotel our chicken was very dry but with the sauce made it tasty and the rest of the entrées and main course were very good did the dessert was very unique and tasty

1  Thank johng88888
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Reviewed 26 June 2016

Breakfast was very good but dinner was just okay. The basement dining room has a hard floor and walls which made it very loud inside. Beautiful otherwise.
Salads and wine were good but the main dish for our group was turkey medallions. Pretty bland!

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