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Rei dos Leitões e peixe?

Still life – sardines in the sink [It spoils my alliteration, but I’m told these are in fact carapau – horse mackerel – not sardines].

As every Portuguese wine lover knows, Bairrada is a maritime region.  And leitõe (suckling pig) will probably roll off their tongue as the region’s signature dish.  

Not least because it’s such a good match for Bairrada’s signature red grape, Baga.  But make no mistake, you can eat terrific fish here.  Even if the restaurant is called at Rei dos Leitões – King of Leitões!

It’s a favourite haunt of the region’s winemakers and I have eaten beautiful salt baked wild sea bass there.  Yesterday, crab soup, followed by grilled dover sole.

All washed down rather nicely with the sparkling wines of Quinta dos Abibes.  Post with tasting notes to follow.

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