We came across this place by accident due to our first and second choice of restaurant for Tueday night either full or not open.........and what a great find it was.
The menu is different than the other restaurants around the resort - a bit quirkier - and it certainly grabs your attention.
On our first visit there - and yes we went again on our last night (and we would have visited at least one more time in our 2 weeks there had we discovered it earlier) - I plumped for the starter of poached egg, smoked salmon and asparagus with a delicate buttery "foam" sauce. Whilst the plate was full it was so light and tasty. Perfect - and not something that I would ordinarily have chosen but so glad I did. My main course was lamb chops. Normally there is very little meat on chops but I had 4 large chops with plenty of flesh on there and cooked to perfection. Accompanying this was mashed mint and potato providing a somewhat psychodelic entity on the plate. It didn't look particularly appetising but oh my goodness it was lovely. A home made mint sauce - clear and unlike in the UK - accompanied and complimented the meal.
His choice of starter was the Algarvian Octopus salad - perfectly cooked and chopped up into a fresh salad. This was followed by Sea Bream - filleted and served with sauted mixed veg between the 2 fillets. He can be quite critical if things aren't cooked right but he was more than delighted with it,
My choice on the second visit - and now getting a bit adventurous after finding out how good the food was on the first visit - was a starter of 3 perfectly cooked scallops on a bed of caramalised onion and mango chutney. It just shouldn't have worked nor tasted divine.....but it 100% did, For mains I'm afraid I couldn't get past the lamb chops after how fantastic they had been the first time and I was not left disappointed. My partner's choice on this occasion was steamed mussells with a pepper coulis (massive green lipped variety) followed by braised pork loin - mouth-wateringly good.
Be warned - they are generous portions for both the starters and the main courses. As an additional, unique touch, you are served with a light fruit sorbet in a small glass of sparkling wine in between the two courses. A lovely touch. The unfortunate thing for me was that the sorbet was made from tangerine and I cannot eat oranges etc and therefore my other half had the two of them for us. What a lovely gesture and surprise therefore on our second visit that this had been remembered and whilst everyone else in the restaurant was served with the same sorbet, we were served with a lemon version. Attention to detail is definitely the key to this restaurant and I think this will be its success.
The restaurant was taken over by Sander Rietkerk at the beginning of the year so is just building up its reputation. Sander himself fronts the restaurant with a lady who may well be his wife. You are made to feel welcome immediately and both have a professional but relaxed and friendly manner. We were introduced to the chef and his assistant too and I tried to get som tips on how to do a few of the things but he said he would have to shoot me if he revealed his secrets!
Be warned however that this is not a quick in and out restaurant and the table is yours for the evening and you just need to sit back, relax and know that everything is being cooked fresh to order rather than being pre-prepared and then microwaved. As I have said before, attention ot detail is key and you just need to enjoy the experience of the food and the ambiance.
Don't miss this one.
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