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“Don't miss the laurel skewers”
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Vila Da Carne
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $23
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Ham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
328 reviews
272 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
“Don't miss the laurel skewers”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

Traditionally the espetada (skewered meat) was prepared using a real wooden skewer cut from a Madeiran laurel tree. They were a protected species for a while and many restaurants went for boring modern skewers. This restaurant maintains the traditional style and you're rewarded with magnificent flavour.

I've never seen this restaurant busy. They will collect you and return you to your hotel. You have marvellous views over Camara de Lobos especially at night. The staff are charming and the food lovely. But it's still very quiet. Not complaining but it is a mystery.

Just one point, we usually have tap water but here it tasted so much like a swimming pool that we sent it back and bought the bottled!

Visited February 2013
Thank Anne S
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English first
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Good, but not as good as sister Peixe - sorry!”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

Ate here twice during 2 week holiday, Used mini bus once from Funchal - excellent service. Speciality obvoiusly skewered meat, with 'hangers' set at each table in preparation. I personally wasn't over struck by the steak - it was OK but not outstanding, but the pork and bacon combo I had the secoind time was delicious. Their sides weren't as good as Peixe - tomato and onion salad was raw, and even potaoes lacked a little something - I think the rolling in salt. Their fried maize was delightful however - I'm a convert, and the passion fruit mousse was tasty light but huge! Would visit agin no problem.

Visited December 2012
Thank broomsticklady2
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Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Superb Views of Camara De Lobos”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

We ate a lot of beef in Madeira but this was some of the best we ate. We got the filet on laurel branches and I highly recommend this option. The waiter was super attentive and very helpful. The sides are bit blah but decent. The view alone is worth the meal. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank Jenna L
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great views, wonderful service, and appetizing food”
Reviewed December 1, 2012

Visiting in the slow season (late November), the restaurant was not crowded; we were actually the only table - guests were at the adjoining Vila de piexe. Our host was also server, bartender, and cook. We were provided starters, the menu was discussed with espatada, and reviewed different wines to pair with the menu.
Two skewers of meat were plenty for the two of us. They were served at different times (we were told this while ordering so one wouldn't get cold while we ate the other). Dessert option included multiple flavors of mousse.
Using the restaurants' shuttle service from our Funchal hotel saved a few coins on the taxi...their driver was prompt and courteous, and vehicle clean.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank ktkadish
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Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Friendly restaurant, great view, amazing food.”
Reviewed October 31, 2012 via mobile

Order the fillet beef skewers. Meat was so tender and served in an interesting way! Children happily ate everything. Ordered chicken, pork and fillet skewers with veg, sweet potatoes and molasses and yummy oregano fries. All cooked over wood ember fire. Highly recommend.

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