Snails are perhaps one of the most controversial snacks of summer. There are those who find them “disgusting”, those who eat silver at a glance, and those who thoroughly appreciate what’s inside its shell (if you know what we mean).
When May comes and gets a little warm, the pots of restaurants and taverns go to the stove. Add a pinch of salt, pepper, garlic cloves, onions, lots of olive oil to the snails and, depending on the location, you can find it with bay leaf or slices of pepper in the case of snails. recipe algarvian
It’s true that snails are the star of the snacks that start to emerge more strongly in April and May, but everything else loses its fun without a side of toast with butter. Not to mention the beer, very cold.
Here are five places to taste the complete set: well-made snails, beer, and toast for dipping into the sauce (don’t ask, try if you’ve never had it).
1. Quiosk Berbicaxo
And how about a caracolada right in front of the Sorraia river? Kiosk Berbicaxo in Benavente, Santarém county, has already kicked off the hiking season, open only in summer and during snail season. Here they are served in these cast iron frying pans (if you haven’t already taken them home from Lidl or Pingo Doce, you can eat them another way here).
Half dose is 4.50€ and half dose is 7.90€ and you can warm up with gizzard (from 3.50€) or roe deer salad (7.90€) plus a beer (from 1€) or you can order a gin (4€). €) to renew.
2. Sao Lourenço, Trincanella
What is missing in this photo? Toasted bread with butter. With that, everything is perfect for a plate of fresh snails at São Lourenço by Trincanella in Abrantes. Except for snacks, new dishes are added to the menu every day and open buffet is served between 12:00 and 15:00 on weekends.
It includes things like cod tiborna on Saturday and veal à Fafe on Sunday, and vegetarian options on both days. Buffet is 14.90 Euros excluding drinks. After 3 pm and as soon as hunger returns, you can attack snails and other snacks on the promenade of the area placed in the Urban Park of Abrantes.
3. Petisqueira Manica
Manica in Oeiras is a restaurant and snack bar and it is the last part with snails that interests us here. They started coming here on April 12th and have been on the table ever since in varying doses ranging in value from 5 to 9 euros. If you want to bring toast (€1.50) with you, just ask one by one.
In addition to seasonal snails, Manica restaurant and snack bar have snails throughout the year.
They’re big and salty, accompanied by a butter sauce for complete enjoyment.
4. Casa Monteiro – Casa de Pasto
It took a while for them to arrive at the Casa Monteiro – Casa de Pasto restaurant in Moscavide, but it was finally announced and with great pleasure. “Dear customers and friends, it is with great pleasure that we enter snail season,” the restaurant manager wrote on Facebook.
A plate costs 5€ (3€ for half portion) and 2€ of toast. Order a beer (from 0.90 €) to top it off right, or a pitcher of house wine (from 3.80 €) for more refined tastes. After lunch, on the phone with the restaurant manager, he said that he would wash the snails and set them on fire. If you’re looking for an afternoon snack, set out to attack as soon as they’re ready.
Other snacks are added to the snails, such as gizzard (starting at € 5), ear salad (starting at € 4) and chorizo (starting at € 5).
5. Tasca da Xica
Around 5:30 pm you will find snails at Tasca da Xica in Albufeira. They were first served on April 30 and have been making their way from the skillet to restaurant tables every day since.
A portion costs €7.50, a classic drink garnish, a fresh imperial, €1.50, and these two are never short of toast (€2.50).
For a more complex afternoon snack, Tasca da Xica features oysters from Ria Formosa à Bulhão Pato (€13.90), fried cuttlefish strips (€6) and padrón peppers (€5), among many other suggestions. To accompany this selection, it would be ideal to order a sangria (€16) of sparkling wine and red fruit for the table.