I feel pretty confident in describing Paula’s Bistro as The Editor’s and my favourite restaurant on Madeira as we ate there every single day. I feel less confident in describing the breadth of their cooking ability as we only ate a total of three different dishes on our five visits. Two of them were brilliant, the other as good as the main ingredient allowed.
We happened upon Paula’s Bistro quite by chance as we were walking through the old town near the cathedral on our first day. We were tempted by the place just around the corner that offered grilled limpets for €3 a portion, but when we saw “Grilled squid with chips” for €6.90 on Paula’s chalkboard we knew we had found our lunch destination.