Tordesilhas is a large place inside with an additional covered patio. The closely spaced small tables were set with white tablecloths and paper napkins. Lots of photos cover the walls as well as mirrors. A slightly vaulted wood ceiling and dark wood floor accented the off white walls. A bar area is on the main level that seemed to offer communal dining for small parties. No music was in the background but the setting felt very tasteful. They serve pretty traditional, homestyle food and do offer a tasting menu at night. At lunch it is all a la carte. Our server was friendly and helpful but had limited English. The crowd indicated that it’s a popular place and I saw a real variety of age groups in attendance.
An amuse bouche was a sausage, cracklings and bean soup. The soup was wonderful as were the cracklings. The skin was not at all greasy.
We got a 1/2 order of Pastel de Camarão or pasties filled with shrimp. They could be ordered in a small or large portion. The crust was nice and the small shrimp were great. There were jars of peppers on the table if you wanted to add some spice.
The Angus ribeye steak was served with salad and frying rice pan. It was a little more cooked than we’d like but still had good flavor. Both the accompaniments were good. A Saturday lunch special was Feijoada, the most popular dish of Brazil. It was made with some pork ribs with large chunks of red meat in beans and came with a sliced green (maybe kale?), plain rice, orange, relish and powdered manioc. Lots of flavor was in this pork dish. The beans were cooked perfectly and pieces of sausage gave it even more taste. The rib meat was really tender. It was a great and huge dish.
For dessert we had Cocada de Tabuleiro com Sorvete de Tapioca e Calda de Tamarindo – Flat coconut sweet with tapioca ice cream and tamarind sauce. The tart tamarind mixed well with the sweet coconut but it was not terribly sweet overall, but enough so to be a fine finish to the meal.