06 April 2018
Fresh grilled seafood, fiery Piri Piri chicken, sweet pasteis de nata custard tarts – the Algarve’s cuisine is famous with good reason. From its sunny location on Portugal’s southern coast, this beautiful region is home to some of the best ingredients in the Mediterranean.
While sampling street food dishes as you stroll through sun-drenched towns is undoubtedly a delicious experience, holidays are all about treating yourself. The food of the Algarve may have rustic roots, but many modern chefs are taking those well-loved flavours and elevating them to the gastronomic heights of fine dining.
With an impressive number of Michelin stars between them, these high-end restaurants are the pride of the Algarve.
Ocean Restaurant, Alporchinos
Visit the elegant Vila Vita Parc Resort for two Michelin-starred dining with ocean views that will take your breath away. Head chef Hans Neuner takes the finest ingredients to create exquisite dishes that pay homage to Portuguese traditions. Tasting menus feature classics such as cataplana alongside exciting seafood creations including squid, sea urchin and crab. Even bread and butter is given an inspirational twist – serving Atlantic nori bread with goat milk butter.
Vista Restaurante, Praia da Rocha
Led by chef Joao Oliveira and Maître D Tiago Pereira, Vista is where excellence meets the tranquillity of nature. Surrounded by a breath-taking landscape, the VISTA restaurant combines refinement with hospitality, in a historical space that has been perfectly adapted to the most modern requirements. Expect creative and sophisticated cuisine from a Mediterranean-inspired menu and prepare to savour an unforgettable experience. Dine on crayfish with caviar and champagne and gastronomic desserts including chocolate and white balsamic with almond and toffee, whilst drinking in views of the incredible cliffs of Praia da Rocha.
Vila Joya, Albufeira
Featuring in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Vila Joya rightfully deserves its stratospheric success and two Michelin stars. The dining experience in this boutique hotel restaurant is one of the most popular in Portugal, so book well in advance. Set within gorgeous palm-fringed gardens, Vila Joya serves gourmet food with a side of spectacular ocean views. Chef Dieter Koschina is a huge seafood-lover and reflects this with a menu that celebrates the Algarve’s lucky coastal location. For a fascinating evening with the man himself, book seats at the intimate Chef’s Table.
Gusto by Heinz Beck, Quinto do Lago
Indulge on a tasting menu from three-star Michelin chef Heinz Beck at Gusto, and delight in an innovative menu of classic Mediterranean cuisine presented with modern flair, with dishes from lobster with chorizo crust to veal on autumnal field. Based within the luxury hotel Conrad Algarve, enjoy the theatre of the lively open kitchen and take in views of the infinity pool from the alfresco terrace. The entire dining experience has been planned to perfection considering every detail, with the cocktails infused with the freshest fruits and spices and expert wine pairing from the in-house Sommelier.
Bon Bon Restaurante, Carvoeiro
This innovative restaurant, situated not far from Portimao, is up-and-coming on the Algarve’s culinary scene. Boasting a new Michelin star, Bon Bon’s head chef Louis Anjos champions local, seasonal ingredients in exhilarating new ways. Think ingenious combinations like blue lobster, saffron, tangerine and beetroot. Expert sommeliers can pair each course with the perfect wine, as you sit back and relax in this unique hexagonal restaurant with stunning mountain views.
Paxia, Vale do Lobo
Paxia is a contemporary concept restaurant boasting tantalising traditional Portuguese flavours, from sheep’s cheese with honey and almond to bresaola carpaccio, all served by candlelight in the evening. The beautifully-presented tapas are prepared as fresh as possible and attentive waiters are on hand all to serve carefully matched wines by the glass. Opulence resonates around the room with chandeliers and a big open fireplace, offering a chic atmosphere.
Feeling tempted to try a few of these dishes yourself? Have a chat with your Travel Counsellor about creating your ideal luxury holiday in the Algarve.