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DB Eats: Castas e Pratos, Peso da Régua, Portugal

There are a number of upmarket restaurants and hotels springing up along the Portugese Douro, which by all accounts used to be rather sparse on this front.

Castas e Pratos is one of the latest arrivals, opening at the end of 2008 inside a (very) smartly converted former railway depot.

Downstairs is geared towards a quickish glass of wine and some tapas, with seats stretching down a long communal table.

The sides of the room display a tempting array of Portuguese wines, mostly big names from the Douro, but also an interesting selection of wines from elsewhere and the odd older vintage.

Upstairs is a more formal restaurant setting, with a relaxing view over the river – or the railway sidings if you end up on the other side of the room.

The menu offers a broad selection of that ubiquitous modern European cuisine, with the food well prepared and elegantly presented, although generally rather less expressive of Portugal than the wines.

In short a modern, stylish and relaxed venue with good service and a strong selection of Portuguese wines to explore. Perhaps not the place if you’re looking for traditional, rustic charm, but a handy location at the gateway to some of the Douro’s most exciting producers.

Rua José Vasques Osório,

5050 – 280 Peso da Régua

+351 963 928 050

Gabriel Savage, 11.08.2009 

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