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Gastronomy in the Algarve

What better way to enjoy a great dining experience than in the Algarve’s many quality restaurants. Each town and village has its favourites. Many restaurants prize themselves on the fresh catch of the day. Fresh fish brought ashore in the early morning and served at lunch and dinner. Typical Portuguese favourites include bacalhau (dried cod fish), dorada (sea bream), tuna steaks, and salmon. In terms of meats, the Portuguese kitchen was traditionally not very refined, serving chicken, sausage dishes, but one sees big improvements in recent years, particularly among young connoisseur chefs. This is noticed by improved review methods due to apps such as tripadvisor and other social media.

Michelin Guide

Well known around the world, are the Michelin starred restaurants. In the 2017 version for the Iberian Peninsula, the Algarve has six Michelin starred restaurants. By name, location and chef these are:

  • Bon Bon* in Carvoeira with chef Rui Silvestre, one star
  • Henrique Leis* in Almancil with chef Henrique Leis, one star
  • Ocean Restaurant** at Vila Vita Parc – Porches with chef Hans Neuer, two stars
  • Sao Gabriel* in Quinta do Lago, Almancil with chef Leonel Pereira, one star
  • Vila Joya** at Hotel Vila Joya in Galé, Albufeira with chef Dieter Koschina, two stars
  • Willie’s* in Vilamoura with chef Willie Wurger, one star

Furthermore, there are publications such as Dining Out magazine which is based on an advertised list of quality restaurants in the Algarve, some regular restaurants, but quite a few special with the all-important X-factor, having something unique to offer foodies. Other local listings are also available and host a wide scale of eateries of all shapes and sizes, serving food and drinks to a wide range of the population.