Taberna Das Comadres - Amarante, Portugal
***This establishment is now closed***
Taberna Das Comadres is a small restaurant located in the gap of the main street near the Támega river in the charming town of Amarante, Portugal. The locale consists of a rather simple kitchen serving large local appetisers of all types. Upon entering we were greeted with an enormous smile by the two cooks that are comadres (literally meaning co-parents).
Arriving through the rich northern agricultural lands of the Minho region was well worth the drive from Oporto just to delight into this hearty meal. Amarante has no more than 11,000 residents and is the perfect stop off before a drive to the Douro valleys which we happened to do with The Other Side tourism company.
When we sat down in the restaurant we were asked if we wanted a genuine wine on the house or simply water. We went for the local wine and they came straight away with four complimentary appetisers (above, main picture). The croquettes were typically made of codfish (bacalhau in portuguese) and an assortment of cold meat and cheese was served in generous quantities. For our main dish we were presented with either the meat or the fish of the day. Being in Portugal we couldn't resist another go at the fried, rustic codfish and we have to say that it was the best served codfish ever eaten in Portugal! For dessert we salivated over the sugar glazed sponge cake. It was the perfect lunch break for us before continuing our tour to the Douro valleys.