Av França Filho, 52 – Manaíra, João Pessoa
We decided to try Casa do Bacalhau at Av. Franca Filho, 52 in Manaira, João Pessoa. The atmosphere is certainly upscale and the service really was impeccable. The waiting staff wear traditional Portuguese national dress and it really looks very elegant. There is a sign inviting you to inspect the kitchens, should you feel the need. The cod fish was excellent. Fresh Cod is used rather than salted Cod. We didn’t have any wine though there appeared to be an excellent selection of wines in the eating area and on the wine list. We were surprised to learn that the maitre d’ spoke English. We started with bolinhos de bacalhau for an appetizer which were delicious, but left you wanting for more. . The cod lunch, appetizer and two soft drinks and the gratuity cost R$55,00 or about US $27.00.
My own advice is to steer clear of the meat dishes offered not because there was anything wrong with them but the restaurant clearly specialises in fish so take advantage of the expertise. Casa do Bachlhau is great for a special outing, anniversary, etc. Friday nights they have live Portuguese music. Children are catered for with free colouring books and pens. There was a large screen TV too but the volume was at a very comfortable level. There is a small amount of monitored off-street parking but you are more likely to find yourself parking on the road. This was an excellent dining experience.