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The restaurant TR Restaurant in Leiria, an hour north-east of Lisbon and within striking distance of the pilgrimage site of Fatima, is equally renowned amongst restaurant-loving Portuguese but for two very different reasons which earn it the title of the world's most democratic restaurant.

There is no menu here, just a table of about 80 first courses from which you help yourself, then tables of 15-20 cheeses and the same number of desserts. In between, although our friends forgot to warn us, came four hefty main courses including two variations on salt cod, a partridge and cabbage stew and another minimalist classic, clams with sausage and beans. The democratic principle - you help yourself to everything other than the plates of fruit, nuts, digestives and coffees - is extended to a large supply of notepaper on each table for comments which are then affixed to the restaurant's wooden beams.

TR Restaurant (pig's snout) is not the place for a romantic dinner but for any group travelling in the area it is a must. As long as they arrive hungry.

Location Marrazes

Food Regional

Dress Code Casual

Open For lunch and dinner. Closes on Sundays for dinner and Mondays all day