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Cuisine: European, Mediterranean, Organic, Portuguese
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Chef Dolores Lopes is justifiably proud of the menu she's created for this elegant bistro. The cuisine speaks of healthy and balanced eating, of textures and flavours typical of Portugal and southern... Read More
Chef Dolores Lopes is justifiably proud of the menu she's created for this elegant bistro. The cuisine speaks of healthy and balanced eating, of textures and flavours typical of Portugal and southern Europe. Appetizers draw on Mediterranean influences, with options like Greek Tzatziki and North African hummus. Her culinary prowess is further exemplified by contemporary arrangements of traditional Portuguese recipes to produce "Magusto" chicken thighs stuffed with chestnut and smoked sausage and octopus with potato and turnip greens, to name just two dishes. The "Royale Desserts" include an indulgent chocolate cake with forest fruits and ice cream. Some excellent wines (try the Fartote from the Douro) complement the food, and the restaurant also has a selection of artisan beers. On Sundays and Bank Holidays the kitchen rustles up a fine brunch.
- Best for Lunch Because: A chic, minimalist venue fashioned out of an historic townhouse, Royale Café is a respected cafe-restaurant that combines nourishing cuisine with a pleasing aesthetic.
- Best for Cafés Because: The wholly appealing Royale Café remains a fashionable meeting point for residents and visitors alike, and exudes a refreshingly understated ambiance.