Our favourite places to eat in the Algarve.
We have been travelling to the Algarve for many years now, and there are a few places that we recommend as must-eateries in our opinion.
First up… the famous
which you must have if you go to the country as they are the best in the whole wide world without exception. Sardines, one of the things to expect at a top-class level in Portugal, fresh, plump and juicy just out of the ocean, the beautiful Sardines in the Algarve are a far cry from the tinned ones we are used to seeing. These are delicious and so mouth-watering you will not want to come home.
Our best place for seafood in the Algarve is Sueste Restaurant close to Praia da Rocha * where the fish practically jumps out of the sea and onto your plate (with a little culinary magic from the kitchen of course! ) With stunning scenery all around, the backdrop is perfect for this dining experience. The host, Amadeu Henriques, gives free mooring to customers who dock at the marina of Portimao. They also have a great wine list and mouth-watering desserts for afters. This is certainly a top choice for the best food Portugal has to offer.
*If you are staying at Jardim do Vau in Alvor, this restaurant is very close by!
Another great place for seafood is in Lagos at the Convento dos Frades (the Convent of the Friars) – Owned and headed in the kitchen by Joaquim Amores, whose name literally means love! Amores comes from a long line of Algarvean fishermen, and knows the best way to catch it, cook it and serve it! The grilled Sardinha’s here are simply outstanding as is the friendly and traditional atmosphere.
The next thing we love eating in the Algarve is
Piri Piri Chicken
Spicy Piri Piri Chicken, or Frango in the local lingo, will set the senses ablaze! Especially the stuff served in Sr. Frango – they claim to have the best chicken, and we’ve sampled it and can agree, they don’t happen to mention that they also have the best black pork! So delicious we keep coming back. Sr Frango’s is a really lively place too, a hustle-bustle of atmosphere with a massive selection of wines and other food items if you’re not a chicken lover. This a great place to eat if you are staying in Almancil or surrounding areas. Here’s a link to some of our Private Villas in Almancil.
Pastéis De Nata
Pastéis de Nata are simply delicious! Our favourite dessert of the country’s many offerings. This little egg tart is a gem of flavour, mixing cinnamon and lemon zest in a custard bake – it is something you must try on your trip to the Algarve, but comes with a warning! When you try one you won’t be able to stop at one! It was invented, like many foodstuffs, by monks in the 18th century, and has remained a simple, yet Moorish sweet treat ever since across Portugal. The best we’ve found is near the gorgeous Praia da Ingrina in Restaurante do Sebastio – a little restaurant on the beach that accepts cash only, and has really fantastic local dishes all at very affordable prices. Here are what some people say about it on TripAdvisor . The closest villas nearby are in Praia da Luz.
Here is a nice little recipe by Portuguese Food on Facebook, if you want to try to make your own when you return!
We would love to hear your comments below on your favourite dining spots in the Algarve, there are so many we can’t add them all here.
Have fun in the sun with some of the best food in Europe!