“Mozart” was recommended to me as a place one must experience in Funchal. I phoned to book a table for one in the same day and was informed that there was only one table available in the conservatory, which could be a bit cooler than inside; fine for me. Getting there, one of those scenes that I dread most: an over enthusiastic clown like welcoming customers. And I have to say, one after the other customers looked enchanted by the camp welcome. I found it a cheap tourist trap device, but it was proved that it was my own prejudices…one customer after the other, who had been there previously seemed to feel special and in love the pantomime; “oh darling!” the catch phrase embalming. Several potential customers were turned away; “the house was completely full,” and that was the end for the adoring customers (all English, there is no British in the wide visiting Madeira).
The food: the sweet promise. Starter, main, dessert, and as much wine one can consume for just 35 Euros…(mind you, this is not cheap by any account) it may sound like a golden deal, but at the end of the day this a glittering tourist trap. My first dish: prawns wrapped in filo pastry that were beautifully presented; the plate looked like a piece of art; shame, no taste, just smoke and mirrors like everything else. The main was steak with pepper and vegies with a personality of boiled kettle water. I had the cheese plate for desert….big mistake! Portuguese cheese is not something beyond soap-wise. But, once again, beautifully presented.
I sum, if you want to feel special and jollily be received by a clown-like and not much regard for the food…this is “the place” for you.
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