This is a short report describing 2 evening meals taken at the Ocean Restaurant during a 4 day stay at the Atlantic Hotel just after Easter 2013, to celebrate our 36th wedding anniversary on 2nd April 2013. We previously ate there in September 2012, there is a separate report on this site.
We ate in the restaurant on Tuesday and Wednesday evening: on the first night the Restaurant Manager, Martinho de Sousa greeted us as though we were returning after a few days, not after 6 months. Everything was as before, the same cool and relaxing surrounding, the flawless service from the same staff serving Mark Jordan’s brilliant creations. The new menu contained some old favourites and some new surprises: we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves making our selections and then lingering over each amazing course. At the end of our meal on Tuesday we received a plate of after dinner chocolates on a glass plate decorated with “Happy Anniversary” in chocolate: a wonderful touch that was greatly appreciated.
Rather than go into detail I simply want to urge you to go there and experience a level of service and cooking that is more than worthy of one Michelin star in a location that is very special but where it is possible to eat relatively economically, especially at lunch time.
In the evening dinner for 2 from the a la carte menu will cost £160.00, that includes an “amuse bouche”, really a pre-starter and a pre-dessert, so in effect 5 courses. Wine choice is enormous, from £25.00 a bottle to very indulgent!
We will be returning, I hope that I have tempted you to visit!