This is the second time I am back to The Yeatman Hotel Gastronomic Restaurant (please refer to my earlier blog). The first time I had lunch, and although pretty impressed by the meal, the only thing I didn’t like was the slow service. Although the restaurant has since been promoted from Michelin one-star to two-stars, I am sad to report that there hasn’t been significant improvement on their speed. A tasting dinner that took 3 hours is long, but still acceptable. But if the meal finished in 3 hours and paying the bill took another 30 minutes, that’s a bit ridiculous! When I asked for the bill, I was already holding a credit card in my hand. The waiter who brought over the bill just placed it on the table without bothering to come back. Then after 15 minutes of looking around (they saw me looking but did not bother to come and ask) I finally got ahold of someone who apologized and brought over the credit card machine. I wondered if I would receive faster service if I just started to pack up and leave.

Another complaint that I have is about the wine by the glass pricing. We ordered 2 glasses of wines, a glass of the 2005 Dona Santana (€10), and a glass of the 2009 Quinta San Joanne Alvarinho (€12). The red wine was poured into a larger wine glass and the pour was about 6oz, pretty standard. Then the white wine was poured into a smaller glass, so the pour was only about 3oz. I fully expected the sommelier to come back and refill the white wine, because silly me assumed that he only poured 3oz because he didn’t want the wine to warm up too quickly (that was my experience at other restaurants). When he didn’t come back, I had to ask and he politely explained that it was because the smaller glass is more suitable for white wine. Pretty weak excuse – but he did end up giving me another 3oz for free. But the funny part is that the red wine retails for €29 and the white retails for €18 at their hotel wine store, so I really don’t know why the white wine is so much more expensive by glass, or should I say by half a glass.

But to be honest, all of the complaints aside, everything that went into my stomach (both wines and food) were phenomenal!

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Very nice! This looks more like a magazine rather than a wine menu.

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Yummy tuna trio (tuna sandwich, vitello tonnato and spicy tuna), loved it!

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“Ovelha Churra 2017” – from left Churra (a kind of sheep) meatball, sliced meat on cracker, and cheese.


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Caviar, crab and sweet corn, with house-made fettuccini.

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Carpaccio in broth, and little cubes made with veal.

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Codfish swim bladder, shrimp and freeze-dried seaweed – our waitress said guests either love it or hate this dish because of the codfish bladder’s rubbery texture. I am ok with that so I guess I fall into the “love it category”? Only thing is that the seaweed was a bit too salty.

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Portuguese fish broth (roasted turbot and shrimp).

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Aubergine (fancy way of saying eggplant) roasted with curry and lamb sauce, though I couldn’t really taste any lamb in the lamb sauce.

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Chicken popcorn and skin – a prelude to our chicken main course.

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Free range chicken with pâté on top – everything was good, but somehow I expected a red meat dish, which never came. Oh well there’s give and take on ordering a “surprise menu”, you don’t know what you’ll be getting!

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Blood orange marinade with saffron cream with really delicious and smooth (also really fattening) house-made pistachio ice cream.

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Blueberries – different textures of blueberries and mascarpone cheese ice cream – refreshing!!

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Peanuts desserts – lucky for me that I don’t have any peanuts allergy 🙂

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