Today we are in the Algarve in Southern Portugal and eating out at the Plazza Caffé in Silves. It is situated directly opposite the park and river and is perfect for experiencing the real Portugal while on your travels.
Please note – I write restaurant reviews based on favourite meals out as a family. I have never been paid or given any incentives whatsoever and the owners are not even aware that I have blogged about them.
When it comes to the Plazza Caffe we have a history with the place. You see this review comes from the words of locals as we have been eating here for many years. We came across the place by accident through my mum in 2011.
Yes, that long ago!
My mum and I would go for a quick drink in there and have some girly time away from the boys. My mum would have a whiskey and I would have a Malibu.
But we never ate there. Just because it was never at a time when we wanted to.
Fast forward a few years and me and Dominic were hungry one day and tried it out of chance.
Well the food at the Plazza Caffe is truly AMAZING.
Since first trying their food in 2013 we have become regulars and out of everywhere that we eat out at, this is the number #1 spot.
Highlights over the years have included:
- Lemon Chicken
- Fish Bake
- Duck Dirty Rice
- Prawn Stew
- Homemade hamburgers
We had their delicious lemon chicken at the Plazza Caffe the week Sofia was born. She was so well behaved and so tiny when we went there. You can imagine we got a few stares.
Now she gets stares because she leaves all her crusts like any typical 3.5-year-old!
Then today we had delicious homemade chicken and pineapple with fries and salad. And it got me thinking that I eat here the MOST when out and I am yet to blog about it. I mean how wrong is that?
They also do the most amazing baked goods and their orange cake is something from your dreams.
As I sit here dreaming that I was eating out at the Plazza Caffe again, I thought it was a great time to share this amazing Portuguese gem with my readers!
Plazza Caffe Silves Eats & Drinks
The big thing about visiting the Plazza Caffe in Silves (and the same goes for a lot of cafés in Portugal) is that its all about the meal of the day.
They will of course have a printed menu with the regular eats and drinks, but the daily house specials are what you want to be looking out for.
Each day they have a different menu with 2 different dishes on it. One will be a fish dish and the other will be a meat dish.
Some days there wont be a meal of the day that will appeal to us so we will have their homemade burgers or their homemade cheese toasties instead.
Their meal deal is about 7€ and for that you get a drink, your main meal, a slice of cake and their bread starter. Now in my opinion it is an incredible price and we always end up leaving wondering if we have been under charged.
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Today We ordered:
- Bread, Olives & Garlic Carrots
- 2 Portions of Chicken & Pineapple with French Fries & Salad
- Cheese & Ham Toasties
- 2 Portions of Chocolate Cake
We love the bread that you get at a beginning of a meal and it keeps the hunger at bay until the main meal arrives. I always eat the garlic carrots and I’m the only one that likes them, Dominic and the kids eat the bread and the olives always go untouched.
Then comes out the main meal. The smell of the chicken and pineapple is amazing, and you just want to eat it at speed as you just know its going to taste great.
You could choose whether or not to have it with French Fries, rice or salad or a mixture of the three. We both opted to have ours with fries and salad.
I ate the pineapple first and then underneath you could see the different pieces of chicken you had. We both got 2 chicken drumsticks, 1 chicken wing and 1 small chicken thigh.
I am more for my drumsticks and breast than wings, so Sofia took it upon herself to eat my chicken wing and ate it until you could only see bone. I have never seen a kid do such a good job of boning chicken. She always finishes off all my bone in chicken for me!
The kids had a cheese and ham toastie between them and did a great job of leaving the crust and just eating the cheese and ham. Like typical kids I suspect!
Plazza Caffe Silves Highs & Lows
The food must be the biggest high. It is truly special. Its like that amazing grandma cooking wholesome food for you. Lots of delicious chicken or fish with rice dishes for a fraction of how much it would cost elsewhere.
The baked goods are also just as special. The chocolate cake or the orange cake are our personal favourites, but they do some lovely cakes, that it is hard to choose which one to get!
Sofia loves the cakes too and she will always be stealing some of her daddy’s whenever she gets the chance:
The next high has to be the location of the Plazza Caffe. It is just opposite where the tourist bus drops off the holiday makers. As well as being opposite the park. It also gives you a place with great parking for if you are struggling to get parked during the busy summer.
Because it is so close to the park, you can then go and work off your dinner in the park or just go and see the beautiful river.
The toilets are also very clean and there is both inside and outside seating. We love the outdoor seating in the summer and then eat inside during winter.
For lows it must be the lack of high chairs for our small children. Sofia is old enough now, not to need them. But for Jorge it means that we just take him down in his pushchair. Jorge doesn’t care just if the bread is flowing!
Though when I look around at the customers a lot of them are retired people, so they probably don’t get much call for highchair requests.
For a final low point, it has to be the service. I would personally give it a 4 out of 5. This is because most of the time they are on the ball, but its those times when they are NOT. For example, they don’t seem to move fast enough when it is busy to clear tables and serve new customers. Out of season though it is perfect. But if you go in high season make sure you go for lunch at 12.30pm before it gets overly busy.
Plazza Caffe RecipeThis.com Ratings
I love the ratings part as it puts all the restaurants and cafes that we eat out at next to each other and helps us remind ourselves which was the best. Plus, if you are also travelling it gives you an idea of the best places to eat out at.
This is what we personally thought of the Plazza Caffe at Silves in Portugal:
- Location = 5/5
- Service = 4/5
- Value For Money = 5/5
- Quality Of Food = 5/5
- Variety Of Food = 5/5
- Overall Rating = 5/5
- Cost Per Person = 4,00€
- Visit Again = Absolutely
Can you believe that with the meal deals and catering for 2 under 4s that it worked out at 4€ per person. Now that is AMAZING. At these prices I often question why we don’t eat out here more often.