Located on a quiet street in central Braga, close to the new quarter, the Paulo Padeiro Restaurant takes centre stage amongst locals and visitors in search of a reasonably priced meal that showcases the best of Portugal’s culinary traditions.
The expansive dining room opens up onto the street with a huge glass frontage, providing plenty of natural light by day, while the evening ambience is buzzing and bright.
The décor is mostly white with monochrome touches, and although it is perhaps not the kind of cosy, dark-panelled room that might be sought after by a couple looking for a romantic meal a deux — not least because of the television perched high above the dining tables which is switched on much of the time, which is, in fact, quite normal in Portugal — it is well worth a visit for its vibrant atmosphere, great food and for the welcoming and honest hospitality of the restaurant’s namesake, Paulo.
Paulo is a real character and is largely the reason for the Paulo Padeiro Restaurant’s success. His relationship with his staff, his loving preparation of the food and his easy banter with the customers all combine to make this a restaurant that is not to be missed during your stay in Braga, Portugal. Don’t leave your sense of humour behind when you come to visit though — with Paulo around you will be sure to need it!
No sense of humour is required for the food, however. Popular menu items include freshly fried fish that requires nothing more than a few chunks of tangy lemon for company, delicious rice dishes with fish and vegetables and mouth-watering desserts, such as egg custards and a deliciously light chocolate mousse.
In spite of its size, this restaurant has a real family feel, and not only Paulo but his team of staff and family go out of their way to make sure that guests enjoy their meal and leave with lively memories from the Paulo Padeiro Restaurant in Braga, Portugal.
Prices are around 10 euros for a set menu, making this a popular choice whether you are dining for lunch or dinner. Parking is available outside for those arriving by car and the restaurant is easily reached on foot or by public transport, too.
The Paulo Padeiro Restaurant is closed on Tuesdays.
Paulo Padeiro Restaurant
Rua Américo Ferreira de Carvalho, nº 94
Tel: +351 965 242 333