The “rivalry” between the Ceboleiros and the Cagaréus is part of the history of Aveiro. The first, those from the old Parish of Glória (South of the Central Canal), were the ones from the City’s noble zone, and the second, hailing from Vera Cruz (North of the Central Canal), came from the popular neighborhood of Beira Mar, populated mainly by fishermen and marnotos.
The “rivalry” between the Ceboleiros and the Cagaréus is part of the history of Aveiro. The first, those from the old Parish of Glória (South of the Central Canal), were the ones from the City’s noble zone, and the second, hailing from Vera Cruz (North of the Central Canal), came from the popular neighborhood of Beira Mar, populated mainly by fishermen and marnotos. Since the nineteenth century that’s how it was, but all of the fights and stories between them have faded with time. Nevertheless, they served as the motto for the choosing of the Oliveira brothers’ restaurant name: “Ceboleiros”.
The “story” is told by Fernando, who owns “Ceboleiros” alongside Carlos, José and António. This space has some curious peculiarities, mainly because they are natural of Aguim, from the Bairrada region, and not from Aveiro. “The restaurant is called “Ceboleiros” because there was no other with that name and there was another one named “Cagaréu”, on the other side of the city. Strange as it may seem, both Carlos and I were employees from the first hour. Even my brother bought a quota.”
The four brothers’ experience speaks for itself. All of them, two in the kitchen and the other two in the living room, have been working in this business ever since. Hotel Imperial, Cagaréu and Meta dos Leitões, were all the restaurant schools where they improved the skills that make Ceboleiros, in the voice of Fernando Oliveira, a restaurant “of undeniable quality”, at an “affordable price”.
There are a few reference dishes and delicacies. Those from Aveiro easily realize that the famous Cod with Cream (Bacalhau com Natas) is the best seller, mainly if you’ve followed the history of Carlos, who went from the “Imperial Hotel” to “Cagaréu”, places where at that time, this “snack” was so famous that people queued to try to eat it and take away. But that’s not all. The Cod can also be served with spinach and there’s also the “Cataplana à Alentejana” and a signature dish, the “Little Bittern with Rosemary”.
However, food isn’t the only thing that defines “Ceboleiros”, but also wine. Its reputation precedes the space, just like the bi-annual event they host. The first edition, eight years ago, had about 70 wines put out to the test. This year there were 120 and all from renowned producers, something Osvaldo Martins, one of the leading Portuguese winemakers, was responsible for, being one of the partners in this initiative. There are also plans to do another bi-annual event, but this time dedicated to sparkling wines.
Tue. to Sun. 10:00 to 15:00 and 18:00 to 22:00 Mon. Closed
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