In the days when Portimão’s fish auction
was located on the west bank of the River Arade, the now Casa Bica
Restaurant was a tavern where the fishermen used to gather at daybreak as
they came back in from the sea. They would slake their thirst with red wine and
sate their hunger with barbecued sardines.
In 1981, the tavern was turned into a
traditional eatery (known as a casa de pasto) by friends Carlos, João
and José. Their licence, issued in 1946, remains valid to this day. The three
friends began receiving visits by curious tourists determined to sample the
sardines, side-by-side with the people who knew them best: the fishermen.
Fame and quality led to the growth of
this restaurant in Portimão and although the actual tavern is no longer
there, you will still feel the intense connection to the sea, the River Arade
and local traditions.
Among the huge variety of fresh fish on
offer at the Casa Bica Restaurant, Portimão sardines reign supreme and
are prepared in exactly the same way as they used to be 30 years ago.
Delicious aromas waft throughout the
spacious and simply decorated room: bean stew with whelks, cuttlefish or
prawns, grilled prawns and clams prepared in bulhão pato style.
The first in the row of restaurants
in Portimão located on the waterfront between the bridges, Casa Bica
Restaurant remains true to tradition, preserving the quality and flavours
of bygone days.