8 Bridge St, Bath BA2 4AS. 01225 421850 www.nataco.co.uk
You've probably heard of Nata & Co - their reputation around Bath for their gorgeous Pastel de Nata is legendary. However, you might not know that they have a stunning Portuguese (with a hint of Brazilian) restaurant upstairs.
Recently opened, we were invited to try out the restaurant earlier this week. We were lucky enough to have timed our visit perfectly with the first sunny day in what felt likes months, so Portugese food seemed very fitting. The upstairs restaurant is a real hidden gem, tastefully decorated, elegant and with stunning views across to the Victoria Art Gallery and Pulteney Weir, it really is a fabulous location.
We ordered a glass of wine each (also bottles available to order) from the extensive wine list, and were treated to a little appetiser whilst we enjoyed our drink and tried to decide what to order.
To start, we chose the Croquete de Alheira & Queijo da Serra (£6.95) and the Salada de Polvo (£5.95).
Both dishes were utterly delicious, the croquettes were crisp and filled with spiced sausage and melting sheeps cheese centres, a fabulous flavour combination complimented perfectly with the slightly sweet chutney. The octopus salad was so tender, light delicate flavours with a wonderful texture - a delight.
For our main course we went for the Prego Bun (£11.95) - Picana thin cut 21 day aged rump steak served in a bolo do caco bun with a fried egg, garlic mayo, salad and chunky chips and the Camarao Tigre (£16.95) - a large tiger prawn served with homemade garlic butter. For sides with the prawn we chose chunky chips (£2.95) and Fried Polenta (£2.95).
Both dishes were so incredibly tasty. The steak was so tender and full of flavour, it was like a refined burger, with far more style and flavour! The prawn was moist, juicy and had all the authenic Portuguese flavours that brought back memories of past holidays. The polenta was divine, and the chunky chips a real treat.
We shared a dessert as we were so full, but we could not leave without trying the Pastel de Nata. It was served with a simple elegant vanilla ice cream - the perfect combination.
In summary, the restaurant upstairs in Nata & Co is one of our new favourites for sure. We genuinely could not fault anything about our visit or the food. The service was impecable, Urico was charming and informative about the food, the building and the company. We really enjoyed our evening at Nata & Co and really hope that the word gets out about this hidden gem!
You can pop by or ring ahead to book a table (probably best to book for the weekend), and they serve breakfast, lunch and evening meals, open until 10pm.
We will be heading back very soon!
Husband & Wife living in Bath for over 20 years. All views are our own although we do get freebies along the way, which we will always tell you about.