It was a tough choice: cycling, kayaking and running with an Olympic rowing champion – or downing fine wine with oodles of fresh fish and juicy steaks. Without a hint of shame, James Ruddy chooses the food option on a glorious Algarve short break food tour based at the Four Seasons Fairways Resort.
More famous for its sun sand and golf courses in the UK, the Algarve has a rich culinary history with diverse influences from its former occupiers.
Terry Marsh is a veteran of Madeira having spent over fifteen years writing about the island. Here, he gives us an insider guide to his favourite restaurants and foods you can find on Madeira.
My wife says she’s been dining out with a dinosaur for years, but this was the first time I had. The dinosaur in question was the centrepiece of the restaurant JNcQUOI in central Lisbon.
I recently attended Peixe em Lisboa, the Fish & Flavours Festival and, inspired by what was on offer, decided to investigate some of Lisbon’s Michelin Starred restaurants. At the moment, the dining scene in the city is booming, supported by a huge influx of tourists. Lisbon is also good value, compared to other Eurozone cities and you can still eat here from less than 10€. These establishments will cost substantially more but if you’re interested in high quality creative Portuguese cooking, then these are the places where you’ll find it.
Late November and the lunchtime crowd at Casa do Lago is looking a little bit thin. Admittedly it is out of season, yet the unusually warm sunny weather has brought the few of us out onto the lakeside terrace to eat.
Madeira has no shortage of places to eat; all across the island there are restaurants in some shape or form wherein bustling chefs labour to present a wealth of excellent local produce to its best. The traditional fare of Madeira – such dishes as espetada (lamb or beef skewers), espada (ugly – my word – black scabbard fish) and estufado (stew), all accompanied by far too many side dishes – is the equivalent of the British meat and two veg, but on steroids.
There’s a new kid (or perhaps I should say calf) on the block at Quinta do Lago, one of Europe’s most prestigious golf resorts. The Bovino Steakhouse is the latest dining offer at Quinta which already boasts some pretty tough competition, particularly Casa do Largo, it’s signature lakeside fish restaurant, that has attained almost legendary status on the Algarve.
Conrad Algarve is, as far as I am concerned, a template for doing 5 star luxury properly, so it comes as no surprise to me that Conrad Algarve’s flagship restaurant, Gusto by Heinz Beck, would be anything else but stellar. I mean, the very name is a play on the Portuguese word for taste, gosto, even though it was named after Conrad Hilton’s father Augustus.