bar of the Pousada, by the comfortable living room with a huge fireplace, is
crossed by the river that comes from the mountains and carries water to the tanks and lakes of the monastery. It is the ideal place to have a warm and comforting drink on cold days, and the perfect atmosphere for a nightcap or a coffee after dinner.
restaurant area at the Pousada of Santa Maria do Bouro is unique: set in the old kitchen of the Monastery, with the reconstructed original chimney, two impressive ovens and small food heating stoves cut into the stone, it is decorated with a huge granite table that has withstood all looting and bad weather, where the breakfast and dessert buffet is served.
In the hallway of arches, is a carved source, which since the renovations of the XVII century, brings fresh mountain water to drink. Winter is the
season of the lamprey, one of the major national gastronomic traditions.
Begin in the best way with the couvert - the seasoned olives, butters, olive oil, sea salt and toasted bread, as well as a
snack trilogy. Encouraged by the little chicken pies, fish patties or tomatoes with fresh cheese and oregano, your appetite will feel encouraged to taste the flavors Minho has to offer. Among the starters, together with the
caldo verde à minhota and
soup with mint; a
carpaccio of octopus à lagareiro and alheira de caça on vegetables from the garden and apple, which are worth every bite you want to take. In what is referred to as snacks,
sarrabulho give it a more regional touch, ideal for the snackers.
Cod pie with onion and parsley is another local dish to try.
vegetarian dishes and risottos for those who prefer more known flavors; is the flagship
à Lagareiro; the
Bacalhau (cod) à narcisa, typical of Braga; or the much appreciated "Bacalhau à moda do Convento do Bouro". Among the meat dishes, the rojões à moda do Minho, the rice "galo pica no chão"; the huge veal chop; and the delicious rice of cabrito mamão, all bringing the air of the mountain to your table.
In the secular granite table try the amazing desserts:
de priscos, the
golden soup, the
papo d'anjo, and the chocolate mousse. The
Amares orange pie, typical of the region, is very fresh and slightly sweet, ideal to finish the meal. In this ancient monastery, there are many heavenly things, and the meals in this amazing space are only one of them.