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6 Exquisite Restaurants in Alentejo

05.08.2020

The Alentejo is one of the world’s great culinary destinations, but many people don't know this fact and that's why it's not properly celebrated. This region is home to scenic vineyards, olive groves, and fertile farmlands, and in many ways, this land is the gastronomic soul of Portugal.

Creativity and imagination in using very simple ingredients have made Alentejo cuisine a surprising mix of flavors, so no wonder that this incredible region produces half the nation’s wine and cooks up some of its most famous dishes. It also holds some of the most authentic restaurants in the country – places that celebrate age-old recipes and the deep Alentejan connection to the soil blended with contemporary cooking techniques.

 

Degust'ar Restaurant

This incredible restaurant is one of the most luxurious and charming spaces in Évora. Located in the heart of the historic center in the building of the sixteenth-century Sepulveda Palace, particularly in the hotel M'AR de AR, it still retains many of the original architectural features for which this UNESCO World Heritage city has earned its fame. António Nobre, the head Ched of this unique restaurant, brought the recipes from his motherland and laid them on the table without ceremony, plus, the selected products in order to create the incredible food delivery, are traditional from the region, seasonal and fresh.

The décor consists of low ceilings, white shades, a contemporary feel and a fantastic twenty-first-century décor. The use of light woods and other unique details creates the sensation that the dining room is spacious, then really it is. Besides this, you have an incredible outdoor Terrance and a wine cellar that fills the restaurant’s main walls. This wine cellar is composed of hundreds of bottles on show within their specially created glassed-in storage display, here you will find a large selection of the local Alentejo wines and of course other fine wines. Moreover, the restaurant has a sommelier that will select a suitable wine to match your chosen dish.

 

Divinus Restaurant

This restaurant is located at the old winery of the Convento do Espinheiro hotel. Divinus offers an unforgettable gastronomic experience, both for the environment and the food, which surprised will surprise you from the start to the end. The head Chef Hugo Sila, creates food that is based in a Mediterranean cuisine with flavors of Alentejo. Moreover, Divinus offers unique wine tasting that takes place in the Cistern Wine Bar. This cistern dates from the 15th century, where is possible to taste several wines from the Alentejo region, all suggested by the Sommelier.

The décor of this space is unique, in shades of white and red and with an incredible historic atmosphere. Its a must visit restaurant if you're making a tour in Alentejo.

 

Herdade do Esporão Restaurant

Located in the heart of the Alentejo, this estate is well known for its 702 ha of vineyards, olive groves and other crops enhanced by the Organic Production Mode, and of course its premium wines. The restaurant is no exception, with an inspiring view to the vineyard, this amazing space has a new approach and philosophy, where less is based on the author's cuisine. The three amazing chefs, Carlos Teixeira, Bruno Caseiro, and Filipa Gonçalves, put all their creativity into the cooking mixed with unique cuisine, that is in harmony with nature, combining modernity, and tradition. In the end, is delivered, unique and incredible dishes, where you will taste the ancestral roots of Alentejo's cuisine, that are well presented and are indeed blended with contemporary touches.

 

L'and Vineyards Restaurant

L’and Vineyards restaurant was idealized by the Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan and has a very unique and contemporary design. The first thing that you will notice when entering the restaurant is the lighting concept, this is as much an art installation piece as it is a functional lighting solution. Plus, you will also notice, that the back wall of the restaurants is a showcase of L'and wines that are served in the restaurant, and that also translates into a decorative wall. The head Chef José Tapadejo creates dishes that represent the Alentejo region in all its fulness, but also with a touch of influences from the countries where he has passed. Besides this, every dish will be carefully paired with the L'And wines and other premium wines from an extensive wine list, since its sommelier enjoys surprise in each and every proposal of the menu, making this gastronomic experience to be as completed as possible.

 

Basilli Restaurant

Located at Torre de Palma Wine Hotel, Basilii represents the Alentejo's gastronomy with a touch of modernity and sophistication. Chef Filipe Ramalho will invite you to taste a cuisine that pays homage to the region in a space that has an elegant and modern decoration adorned with design objects, Nordic furniture, and antique pieces. The cooking of this restaurant consists of the rhythm of the seasons and the surrounding nature, guaranteeing the freshness and quality of each and every ingredient. Of course, that this is all possible due to the fact that the restaurant only works with local, fresh and seasonal produce, and a wonderful fact is that the restaurant has in own organic garden, where vegetables and aromatic herbs grow in abundance, which was specially created to supply Basilii's kitchen. Furthermore, the new menu is completed by a wonderful tasting in an interactive format, which includes a visit to the winery and is complemented by delicacies of the Alentejo region.

 

São Lourenço do Barrocal 

This beautiful restaurant is inserted in the luxury estate São Lourenço do Barrocal, in which its philosophy consists "From Farm to Table". São Lourenço do Barrocal offers typical dishes of the region with a contemporary touch. The head Ched José Júlio Vintém, puts in each dish of this unique space, Alentejo as the main ingredient and is always accompanied by the best seasonal products from local and organic places, including their organic garden. Besides, all the menu is designed to pair in perfect harmony with the delicious house wines. The decor of the restaurant is very invited since the decor consists of a family environment because most of the displayed objects came from the family house in Reguengos de Monsaraz.

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