Zeca da Bica
Rua Almirante Candido dos Reis 24
Tavira 8800-318 Portugal
Read Chris S.'s review of Restaurante Zeca Da Bica on Yelp
My buddy Bart, the golf pro, not the pirate, turned me on to this place and,it was wonderful ... HOOAH!
On a small road, one of many off of the main square on Tavira's older east side, you might wander by this place and not give it a thought. Think baby, think, and grab that door handle 'cause this place is the real deal.
Simple inside, the food is anything but that, Portuguese all the way with fresh seafood, meats, and combinations thereof. I was part of a group of 20ish, but before I get to our superb dinner, I will tell you about the meal at the three-top, Tavira-ite and Portuguese all the way, family next to us, that I got to sample. The server/owner meandered past my seat with a bowl full of something that turned out to be amazing, Porco Alentejana, razor clams and chunks o' pork in a big bowl full of delectable broth with chunks of potatoes thrown in for good measure. When the local recipients saw the look of amazement on my face, they placed some on a small plate and passed it my way ... obrigado (thank you), I said, to these most gracious new friends. It was as special as it looked and will be ordered during my next visit, which will be very soon.
Back to OUR meals ...
Liter carafes full of local wines, red (vinho tinto) and white (vinho branco) as well as bottled water were waiting for us when we arrived, but once we sat down, the aperitivos started to appear before our eyes. First a tasty octopus salad, then tiny little whole ones in a red wine sauce which did not float my boat, followed by massive shrimp and a soupy risotto of sorts that was to die for, all accompanied by fresh bread and more wine of course. An that was just for starters!
Our entrees were then delivered, for me a perfectly cooked steak and for others, fresh, grilled local fish, robalo (sea bass) I think. The steak was tender and juicy, accompanied by what looked like thick potato chips, but not quite so crispy and unusually good, along with a salad of greens, sliced tomatoes, and shredded carrots. I was getting full, but wait, it was time for dessert, choice of creme caramel (flan) or chocolate mousse, and coffee, a decaf manchado (macchiato) for me. Dessert was the lowlight of what was otherwise a meal fit for a king.
I now always order the Carne de Porco à Alentejana (€16), a classic Portuguese dish made with tender cubes of pork, crispy fried potatoes and clams simmered in a white wine sauce. As usual, it was delicious and filling.
Always busy, get a reservation, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. The service is always very good, fast, efficient and friendly.
So, if you find yourself in central Tavira with a hankerin' for some local chow, chow-chow-chow, head on down to Zeca da Bica for some of your own, and maybe a taste of a friendly neighbor's, Tavira-based cuisine ... HOOAH!
The prices are very reasonable for the quality and quantity of food, making Restaurante Zeca Da Bica a definite TravelValue!
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