Why are the Portuguese obsessed with London? In Lisbon, there is Pensao Londres, a well-known low-cost lodging option in the Bairro Alto. Here in Funchal on the island of Madeira is Restaurante Londres, or London Restaurant. Is it because of all the tourists from the UK, or is it because their histories are intertwined?
Restaurante Londres, a short walk up from the Jardim Municipal, or municipal garden, is worth checking out. There are other restaurants ringing the municipal garden area, and on its side streets, that display fewer menu options, nicer decor, and higher prices. Here, the menu displayed on the exterior of the restaurant indicates a boatload of food options at reasonable prices. And you just might find this restaurant because it's the busiest eating establishment on this street.
This is the Portuguese equivalent of comfort food at its best. Large and satisfying portions of fish, meat, or poultry can be had with large boiled potatoes, salad, vegetables or rice, and a bread basket. Their turkey breast entree was very good. The service is efficient, and even friendly compared to what is encountered in other tourist weary Portuguese restaurants. Another thing is that there many locals in here. That's a good sign.
Remember, the cheese,olives, deli meats, and pates presented to you on a platter are not there because they are being nice. Therefore, if you don't want to pay for these items, on an individual basis, push the plate away without nibbling on the items and learn basic Portuguese for "I don't want this," or just motion with your hands that you want the plate removed, as in "get the extra God damn plate off my table!"
Seriously, Londres is a great little restaurant. It's also walkable from most hotels in the center of Funchal and a good value to boot.
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