5 Unique Dining Experiences to Savor in Portugal
Portugal’s cuisine is as rich and varied as its landscape, it ranges from traditional Portuguese to contemporary international, with plenty of fusion ideas combining a world of tastes.
The country has many delicacies to offer that you can enjoy with some being more specific to certain regions, like Douro Valley, Alentejo, and Algarve. Each dish is matched to the right wine since the whole country produces wine and, while Port wine is famous, the Douro, Alentejo, and many other table wines are no less inferior. So, sit back and discover where you can enjoy and celebrate a memorable meal provided by the country’s talented chefs and their restaurants.
Ocean Restaurant, at VILA VITA Parc resort, holds 2 Michelin stars, in which the first one was assigned in 2009 and it's second in 2011. It has also been listed in the top best 25 restaurants in the world in La Liste 2020. At the helm of this amazing restaurant is Chef Hans Neuner, to which he and his team bring passion, skill, and genius in creating an exceptional gourmet experience.
The decor is a mix of calm and elegance and is inspired by the ocean, also as the meal unfolds you will enjoy the amazing and immersive ocean views, that the location of the restaurant provides. Another fantastic feature is that all the products used and cooked are locally grown fruit and vegetables, locally caught fish, and organic meat, and besides this, new menus are created regularly. The wonderful food is perfectly complemented by the extensive and impressive wine list and the staff will happily offer to you recommendations and wine pairings for each course.
Casa de Chá da Boa Nova
This superb restaurant is built on the rocks, just two meters from the water, with the sea in the background. It is one of the most sought-after places by lovers of architecture, and for those who enjoy a good meal and, above all, those who like to contemplate the sea, it is a must.
Awarded with 2 Michelin stars, which the first was awarded in 2016, the originality and brilliancy of Chef Rui Paula stand out in every dish. The fresh fish and seafood are the stars of the Menu, where all of your senses will be awakened. If you are looking to enjoy a truly marvelous culinary experience in this restaurant occupying a property declared a National Monument, then this is your to-go place.
Located at Six Senses Douro Valley, this restaurant is all about sustainability, in which all the cooked products come from their organic garden. All the dishes celebrate the best the Douro region has to offer and while you are enjoying the delicious food it is possible to see the chefs in action since the cooking station is open. The chef's table is an experience that every guest should try. Moreover, if the weather invites you to go outside, then there is a terrace with a trickling fountain and vineyard views, that will transform your food experience into a memorable one.
São Lourenço do Barrocal
If you are curious about the gastronomy of Alentejo, then look no further, since São Lourenço do Barrocal restaurant is an excellent choice. Following its slogan to the "Farm to the table", the meals served in this restaurant are made with the freshest organic products, also its cuisine mixes the best of Alentejo's tradition with contemporary techniques, in all of the dishes. The decor of the restaurant looks like entering a family home, on the shelves, there are old photographs, books, and bundles of cards, and on the tables are the bound volumes of "Contada de Monsaraz". Most of the displayed objects came from the family house in Reguengos de Monsaraz, it is simply beautiful.
Located at the spectacular Vila Joya hotel, between the hotel's exclusive swimming pool and almost private beach, amidst the trees where the old Hidden Xiringuito lounge used to be, this restaurant is one of the best in the country and has also been awarded two Michelin stars. The decor is subdued and evocative, with subtle swirls and arches and of course, it has mesmerizing views of the Atlantic Ocean. Led by Chef Dieter Koschina, Vila Joya was awarded its first Michelin star in 1995 and its second (still in effect) in 1999. The Austrian chef's assured approach is based on classic European cooking techniques to Algarvian and Portuguese ingredients, putting a creative spin on every recipe. Prepare yourself to experience culinary arts in the highest order.
What are you waiting for? Come experience the best of Portugal's cuisine and prepare yourself to be mesmerized. Create your own luxury experience in Portugal.
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