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Saturday, November 19, 2022

Tavira, Portugal: Nikita - Not Thai, Not Japanese, Just Great Portuguese Food And Reasonable Prices

Nikita Restaurante
Rua Doutor Parreira 104
Tavira 8800-346 Portugal
+351 926 897 859
Prices: €€€€
I had no idea this restaurant existed before our friends, Tony and Catherine, invited us there this evening. On a tiny one-way street a block west of the river in a mostly residential neighborhood is a hidden gem you will not regret trying.
Spaghetti and Prawns

Very simply decorated, the room is warm, both literally and figuratively, and inviting. The service was excellent given that just one woman, likely the owner, handles the front of house while a gentleman, her husband or a brother most likely, whips up delicious meals in the back.

We had a bottle of Dao (€13.50), a robust, deep red and oaky, just the way I like it, between us along with a large bottle of sparkling water.
Goat Cheese


For starters, I had the Mussels (€6.80) in a white wine and cream sauce, my wife got the Baked Goat Cheese (€6.50), and our friends the Asparagus (€6). My fresh, steamed mussels, a healthy portion for the price arrived with little visible sauce, but when I inquired if I had received the right order, the woman happily brought me a small bowl of sauce ... obrigado!
My entree was the Grilled Steak (200g - €16.50) with Peppercorn Sauce (€1.50), accompanied by sauteéd veggies and roasted potatoes. The steak was perfectly cooked, tender, and delicious with almost enough peppercorn sauce. The veggies, zucchini, carrots, and onions, were perfectly done and scrummy even though I  do not usually like cooked carrots and the potatoes divine.
Peppercorn Steak

My wife ordered the Pork Loin (€14) with potatoes au gratin and sauteéd vegetables, the tender pork topped with a simple, light sauce that was also very good. Our friends had the Spaghetti and Shrimp (€15) and Tuna (€16) respectively, which I did not taste, but they seemed to enjoy very much.
Pork Loin

The bill came to €108, quite a bargain for the bottle of wine, two bottles of water, four starters and four mains, and a definite TravelValue ... OOH-RAH!

CombatCritic Gives Nikita 9 Bombs Out Of 10 ... More Bombs Are Better!

Nine Bombs Equates To:

Translation for Civilians: "U.S. Marine Response To A Verbal Greeting Or As An Expression Of Enthusiasm"

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