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“Gourmet in the middle of nowhere”
Review of Casa da Esquila

Casa da Esquila
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Ranked #2 of 18 Restaurants in Sabugal
Price range: US$11 - US$34
Cuisines: Portuguese, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Located in Casteleiro, very close to the Serra da Estrela and next to one of the most beautiful historical villages of Portugal, Sortelha, the Casa da Esquila is a privileged space for Food, Wine, and other sins...Based on the concept Rural Gourmet, the offer of the Casa da Esquila is enhanced by the fantastic natural resources that the region has, which combined with the rich culture and culinary tradition, complemented by experience professionals make the table of the Esquila, a must, because as someone said, this is probably one of the best table in Serra da Estrela and “Beiras”.Specialities :Meat of outstanding quality, fish with traditional fragrances, vegetables and fruits from organic production, regional sausages, cheeses and many other national reference products with an transcendent flavor. All this combined with a season menu based on tree themes.(Farmer, Regional, Gourmet w/ Signature)
Reviewed 6 May 2017

A place where you will be very well treated. You can choose between a dedicated gourmet service or a buffet in one different room. All the food treated with care. A very good gourmet restaurant away from the big cities.

Date of visit: December 2016
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Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

The food was great. The place was very nice and service fantastic. We had a very good buffet with great meat and bacalhau

Date of visit: October 2016
Thank Fabrizio M
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Reviewed 5 November 2015

Finding the restaurant was very hard on a dark wet night,
But once there it was truly wonderful.
I would never believe that a truly Gourmet experience such as this is would ever be found in such an unusual location .
Chef Ruis is so enthusiastic and without doubt extremely shilled, having taken training around the world . His presentation skills are superb and it was truly a magnificent night. I am already making plans for my next visit when i shall have the full Gourmet menu which needs booking in advance . I had the Regional gourmet dish and it was extremely good value for money

Date of visit: November 2015
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Thank Richard C
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Reviewed 28 September 2015

This was truly one of the best dining experiences I have ever had! The restaurant overlooks the beautiful,quaint town of Casteleiro. The staff and Chef Rui Cerveira were extremely attentive and accomodating. We had the choice of ordering from the menu or being surprised with ChefCerveira's 8 course recommendation with wine pairings and palate cleansers. We chose the latter and were not in the least dissappointed. The presentation was beautiful! The food was absolutely outstanding! The food is grown on site and they have their own vineyards. We cannot wait to go back next year!!! Truly a little gem! Don't miss it

Date of visit: June 2015
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Reviewed 27 July 2015

The driveway to this restaurant is gravel; the sign out front is broken; we were not sure we had reached the right place when we parked in front of the building. Then we entered a beautiful, modern restaurant. The ambiance was definitely upscale. The tables were set with heavy slate placemats, and many of the dishes were presented on slate "plates." What an unforgettable experience! The chef personally explained the menu to us in English. From his descriptions, we knew immediately that he loved everything about his work from shopping for the best ingredients, figuring out unique combinations of ingredients and seasonings, preparing the dishes, finding unique presentations for each course, and hearing our comments at the end. We chose the tasting menu for 26 Euros. This menu included at least six courses including a hot vegetable soup presented in a ceramic bowl ensconced in a hollowed out slate cube with dry ice below that emitted steam as the dish arrived. Every course was presented in such an artistic fashion using fresh local produce, meat, and fruits. The presentation would rival the best big city experience. Everything was seasoned perfectly. My only regret is that by the time the veal arrived, I was too full to finish my portion - my grandson eagerly cleaned up my plate, though! As a chocolate lover, my appetite returned for the decadent chocolate dessert.

If you find yourself in the Sabugal area of Portugal, you should give your taste buds a treat and dine here.

Date of visit: July 2015
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Thank M1Traveler
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