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“Fantastic experience - apart from the smokers”

Henrique Leis Restaurant
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Ranked #29 of 155 Restaurants in Almancil
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, International
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Sydney, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Fantastic experience - apart from the smokers”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

Wonderful food, service and atmosphere at tremendous value but why on earth does this restaurant allow people to smoke at the table? It's criminal. Not just for other guests who, no matter how far away you sit, there's no avoiding it, but also for the sake of the food which is absolutely fantastic.

I've been to Vila Joya twice and rate the food and value at Henrique Leis as superior (although Vila Joya has an amazing setting, sea views and no smoking at tables). Portions here are generous and that includes the wine, which is expertly matched. I recommend dining here and would definitely return.

In the meantime, please sort this out the smoking situation on behalf of all diners who enjoy great food and a great experience.

  • Visited August 2013
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Best meal ever”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

Sublime from start to finish. We had the 5 course set menu for dinner every mouthful was exquisite. The presentation the setting the service was elegant and discreet. Not a place to be seen but for those who appreciate cuisine practised as an art form. It is all very good value for money when you consider the ingredients and the work that goes into preparing each plate.

  • Visited August 2013
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Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“billy hawick”
Reviewed August 7, 2013

Thought we would treat ourselves to dinner at this restuarant and was certainly not dissapointed.It was the finest meal i have ever had everything was excellently presented,all courses were superb and especially the Turbot which with the exceptional sauce.Also would like to give ammention to the staff who werevery attentive and well dressed.Although a little pricy it was worth the visit and hopefully shall return.

  • Visited August 2013
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
1,667 reviews
1,249 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 865 helpful votes
“Every box ticked”
Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

This innovative and creative Swiss chalet style restaurant of 20 years has had a Michelin star shining above it for the past 13 and deservedly so. A beautiful setting vy attentive smiley professional staff and amuse bouche choices to match the courses. Try their Portugese cava from Douro and desserts that will blow you away.

Visited August 2013
Thank thefooddood
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Excellent choice for dinner in the Algarve”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

If you are looking for a very nice dinner when in the Algarve, then Henrique Leis should be at the top of your list. We had the excellent tasting menu featuring courses based on - melon soup, fois gras, seafood, goose and banana pancakes. As a Michelin starred restaurant, of course, the actual presentations were much more complex yet the nice presentation never over powered the essential. core ingredient.
The front-of-house team are also excellent with the waiting team ever attentive without being intrusive and the sommelier happy to provide information and advice on the Portuguese grape varieties in the wine selection and also for our future 'supermarket sweeps'.
All in, we had a delightful evening and would recommend this restaurant to everyone - (there was also a big family group in the restaurant with the younger children also appearing to enjoy their experience.)
We ate outside on the restaurant's balcony with views over the roof tops all the way down to the sea. The meal was very good value for money, particularly for an establishment of this quality.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Michael C
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