We discovered this new restaurant on our fifth visit to Madeira, and after visiting twice at lunch times were so impressed we decided to have dinner there on what was the last night of our holiday.
Although situated on the main Estrada Monumental in the hotel district, traffic noise and and exhaust fumes were not a problem when seated in the outdoor area of the restaurant.
On showing us to our table the waitress asked if we were comfortable then left, returning afer a minute with the menu.
She gave us several minutes to peruse the menu before returning to ask if we wanted drinks.
It was not until after we had closed the menu that she returned and asked if we were ready to order.
All during our meal she kept a discrete distance from our table and the other four she was waiting on but was always alert to a head being raised and was there in seconds to enquire if anything else was needed.
I have dwelled on this as I was amazed at the extraordinary customer service in the restaurant. A service a lot of other restaurants could do well to copy.
To the food itself, the complimentary nibbles were hot and extremely tasty.
I ordered carbonara and my wife, veal with salad.
Unlike the carbonara served in some restaurants which is sometimes like a lump of stodge and tastes of flour, it was if the spaghetti, ham and mushrooms had been marinated in carbonara sauce, removed from the sauce and served, not swimming in a pool of sauce.
The accompanying garlic bread was not sliced too thinly or thickly and it was obvious the bread had not been sprinkled with processed garlic but rubbed with a garlic clove.
I can honestly say this was the best Italian meal I have ever had.
My wife said the veal was cooked to perfection and melted on the tongue and was so tasty condiments were not required.
From the noise the salad made when my wife pushed her fork into it, it was obvious it was fresh and sourced that day.
We declined a sweet and had coffee, which again was absolutely delicious.
We would recommend this gem to anybody and in the months to come may well become the main rival to The Hole in One which is situated a short distance away.
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