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Food & Drink

Ol’ fashioned fish and chips - served cool! By Ray Gillman There’s a new, old-fashioned, fish and chip restaurant in Lagos: on Rua Candida dos Reis, near the cinema: ‘Ol’ Bastard’s Fish and Chips’.

of the best fishes for ‘proper’ fish and chips - cooked to white, firm, flakey perfection encased in light, crisp, melt- in-the mouth batter (made with vodka and beer).

Apparently it’s named in ‘honour’ of the owner’s dad who always wanted to have a restaurant. He was known in the family as the ‘Old Bastard’ (they are Australian) so that’s what they decided to call it!

These sit in the wooden box/basket on top of lovely, hand-cut potato chips, with a dollop of Tartar sauce. On the side, in a little jar, you choose whether to have the ‘English’, Aussie’ or ‘American’ garnish respectively Mushy Peas and (separately) malt vinegar, Beetroot Salad and chicken salt (? please ask - we forgot to), or Coleslaw and Southern Cajun spiced sauce.

It’s cool, a bit hipster. ‘Earthy’ - the paper the fish and chips are served on is 100% recycled (as you’d expect). The food nestles in wooden boxes with (complimentary) iced water served in jam-jars. The decor is natural wood, plus white, plus black and white stripes with the occasional, witty, gilded embellishment. But the main point, of course, is the food: generously portioned fillets of hake - one

All for €9.95. For a wee bit extra you can get the meal gluten-free, leaving out the beer and using cornflour for the batter. A simple wine choice - red, white (Alandra) or vinho verde (Casal Garcia) in half bottles at €6. Plus a

choice of cocktails, beers and cider. You can also get, beautifully presented onion rings on the side (think Stonehenge) for €3.50, and as starters or an alternative main course Calamari or ‘Popcorn’ prawns. Additionally ‘Ol’ Bastard’s’ offers special ‘Loaded’ Chips - Spicy Chili, Jalapeno Mex, or Guinness gravy. And you can get take away, as well as eat-in. Great food, good atmosphere, friendly people - the Lagos restaurant scene just keeps on getting better! It was packed the night we went and it was also hitting the top spot on Trip Advisor when we were there so it may be worth booking in advance:  +351 963 742 664. Good luck to husband and wife team, Mika and Ali. 

GOJI -LOUNGE –CAFÉ By Tom Henshaw the main hub of Lagos city but is so lovely and cool and makes you feel you are out of the melee and have found a secret corner. They offer a lovely range of inexpensive treats which include cakes, sandwiches, gorgeous smoothies, tapas, cocktails and much more. Lena and Ricky have a threeyear-old and so it’s very much a family affair. It is always a pleasure to find a new business opening in the western Algarve and that is what Lena and Ricky have done in Rua Marreiros Neto square. This little square is off

Great service with a genuine smile make you want to spend some time just sitting and gazing. GOJI offers a ‘Tapas of the day’ for only €3.50 and a four dip Tapas platter

Jardim das Dunas By Tom Henshaw

with its excellent ‘makeover’ really makes me feel this is going to be a real ‘hit’ all year round with all ages groups.

I was invited to visit the newly re-opened and fully re-furbished pool and restaurant complex just behind the marina and I was genuinely very impressed. It really has become a haven of peace and tranquillity. This always was a lovely place but it never quite felt up to the mark so to see it now

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There is a lovely new cocktail bar serving a wide choice of reasonably priced cocktails. and I was especially pleased to see their new dining areas which all have a distinct modern theme. The young chef, Caio, has a wealth of experience working in Germany and Caiscais near Lisbon in a Michelin star restaurant. The manager Vincent was very informative and it was easy to see that he intends to make this a great success. Weddings, parties and events are especially welcome and live music will be a regular feature with other music on offer too.

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for only €6.99. Guacamole and Nachos for only €4.90 'Caribbean Dream' Smoothie for example is only €3.50 and if you really want an’ uplift’ try the ‘Power booster’ for €4.50. Happy hour is from 6pm to 8pm and all cocktails are then offered at €4.00 Highly recommended and we certainly will put it on our list of regular top spots for real value.   00 351 282 760 240  gojiloungecafe

Families are high on the priority list with sunbeds and umbrellas at only €6 per day for adults and children at only €3, so it will be very affordable for families to enjoy the fabulous pool and facilities including a children's play area. I can certainly happily recommend this as a must visit and Tomorrow has already got plans for an event there. It is open open from 10 am to 11pm and the pool is available from 10 am to 6pm.  For bookings please contact:  00 351 282 769 684  jddunas@hotmail.com

Tomorrow August 2016  
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