We recently dined at Lua e Mar, recommended by the staff at our accommodation. The first night, we ordered a dish that featured four filet mignon, wrapped in bacon, cooked with mushrooms in a Madeira wine sauce. It was served with both rice and French fries. The steak was perfect - still pink in the middle in spite of submersion in the delicious sauce. It could be cut, as demonstrated by our server, with the side of a spoon. It was a delicious meal and we were certainly looking forward to our planned return visit the next night for a celebration of my birthday. We had already decided we would have the seafood moqueca, a specialty of the house. This is a seafood stew, fish, shrimps, mussels, octopus, squid, in a broth which you can thicken to your taste from a small pot of manioc flour paste. It is also served with rice. However, when we arrived at the restaurant again, the lights were out. They had lost their power about two hours before and were still hoping to have it come back on again. In the meantime, they had illuminated tables of diners and the kitchen with candles. It was business as usual (they apparently have frequent power outages). Our meal arrived in a timely fashion and we enjoyed it along with several of the local drinks. As we ate, most of the rest of the tables, both inside and on the sand in front, filled up. As I said, business as usual. Once again, the food, the reason to visit a restaurant, was just excellent. We were on the island a week and ate elsewhere on other days. This restaurant is the best we tried, by far.
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