Restaurante da Pousada Mosteiro do Crato
Restaurants and Cafés
It is situated in a mystic spot that is lost in time, among century-old houses: Flor da Rosa. The Pousada Mosteiro do Crato blends the architectural characteristics of the castle, convent and Ducal Palace, which result in an eclectic and unusual work of art. The architectural intervention of Carrilho da Graça in the 1990s gave it a unifying modern touch, with which it welcomes its guests and diners with comfort and design.
The restaurant, between plastered and whitewashed walls and others with the original granite exposed, presents a room of extreme elegance, albeit unpretentious, and tables set with refinement – besides quality tablecloths –, they welcome the clients with personalised charger plates. The cuisine is regional, albeit with a touch of sophistication conferred by the chef Cláudia Santiago.
The menu is well balanced and after the couvert suggests good soups, such as tomato soup made to an Alentejo recipe with a poached egg or coriander broth with Chorizo sausage from Portalegre PGI. But the whole menu deserves our attention, from the appetisers, such as rabbit on a bed of coriander with bread sticks, to the farinheira fritters, among others. The main dishes to look out for are the butterflied gilt head bream with a sautéed vegetable salad, robalo sea bass with cauliflower migas, in addition to the charcoal-grilled flaked bacalhau. This is as far as the fish is concerned but moving on to the meat there is, among other things, carne do alguidar with potato migas and a selection of PGI sausages from Portalegre, the leg of duck confit on mashed potatoes and fried onion rings or stewed lamb with bread soup. Vegetarians have a mixture of gratin vegetables with farfalle pasta and wild mushroom risotto. There are conventual desserts, such as tecolameco, cheeseboards, ice creams and sorbets. There is an excellent wine cellar focusing mainly on regional production but with good wines from the rest of the country too.
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1.00pm – 3.00pm; 7.00pm – 10.00pm. Friday and Saturday dinner: 7.30pm - 10.30pm
Clsoing Day(s): Open every day
For dessert there is tecolameco; and for a savoury dish try Alentejo pork tenderloin on green spinach and casadinhos alentejanos, a unique opportunity to taste the best of the regional meat and smoked meats.
The food is made in a good old-fashioned way with ingredients from the region, but with a touch of irreverence. One must highlight the historic ambience and the excellent architectural and decorative intervention by Carrilho da Graça that remains timeless.