Edible Map – Portugal

PORTUGAL

(Quinta do Lago and surrounding area)

With its bold food flavors, bountiful seas, renowned fortified wines and emerging brilliance in the wine market, Portugal’ s food and drink  is worth exploring.

Eating out in Portugal can be varied so do your research.  Look out for the incredible fresh fish that is locally caught and enjoy the strong robust flavors of the country.

Shopping in food markets is a good bet although they usually come with no frills — tomatoes on a dusty table or crates of lettuce on the floor, don’t let this put you off as the produce is usually packed with flavor and comes at a reasonable price.

QUINTA DO LAGO

 

Being a largely touristy area there are many restaurants to choose from.  Don’t expect to see too many locals but don’t let that put you off as you can find some excellent local food on the menu.

Gigis

+351 964 045 178

Lunch only. Situated on the sandy beach across the lagoon after 20 years of service Gigis knows exactly how to please its customers.  Simple baked fish with butter, garlic and parsley, a few salads and a wide enough wine list to quench your thirst.

Suitable for Outdoorsy families

Drink Local wine

Effect on Wallet Damaging

 

 

Pure boutique cafe

Q Real Estate Centre

+351 289 390 708 

Clean, modern cafe that is the perfect place to catch up with friends over morning coffee or enjoy one of their healthy lunches.  breaking out can be fun too with a good selection of in-house baked cakes.

Suitable for After gym workouts, chit chats with friends and vitamin fix lunches.

Drink Something healthy or retaliate and hit the bottle out on the deck.

Effect on wallet Minor

 

Caso do lago

Tel: +351 289 394 911

Inside this simple white washed building you can dine on excellent simply prepared fish and make use of the quaffable cellar.   It is fairly pricy but you are assured of a good meal and as well as one of the most pleasant evening experiences in the area it is a great venue for a long sunday lunch outside on the terrace.

Suitable for Families and or couples

Drink Wine from the choicey list

Effect on wallet Damaging

 

Parrilla Natural

Just outside Quinta do Lago this slick steak restaurant is a safe option for dinner and welcomes children.  Very good steaks and simply grilled fish accompanied by the usual chips, salads and veggies, but done to an excellent standard.

Suitable for A very pleasant evening with or without the children.

Drink Big fat reds with your juicy steak

Effect on Wallet Bearable

 

Pizza Casa Vostra

Good pizza restaurant near Almancil town centre that is suitable for all the family.

Suitable for Those looking for an easy going meal

Drink Anything goes

Effect on Wallet Minor

Food Markets are great value and will have on offer a good selection of local seasonal vegetables and fruits, though be prepared that they are sold with no frills (no cute tables or heavily decorated stalls).  As with most markets get there early to make parking and shopping less stressful.

 

Markets

Quarteira

Fonte Santa, about 1 mile east of town on the Almancil road.

09:00-14:30. Wednesday, good for local vegetables and fruit.

 

Quarteira Fish Market

Largo do Mercado, Quarteira 8125

Excellent fish market open in the mornings, very much worth traveling here to pick your fish.

 

Loule Market

Market place, Loule. Open Monday  – Saturday .( More stalls on a Saturday)

Arrive in the morning to buy your fruit and vegetables at this charming traditional market held in a pretty Moorish style building.

 

Almancil,

Rua da Escola, Almancil

Held on the first and 4 th Sunday of every month this markets allows local farmers to sell there produce.

 

Here is a good link to other local markets

http://algarve.angloinfo.com/information/lifestyle/local-markets/

Supermarkets in Portugal

 

Apolonia

,http://www.apolonia.com   

Catering for mostly tourists this has everything you will  need but the quality is good even if the price is above average.

Pingo Doce

 http://www.pingodoce.pt/pt  

Portugals largest supermarket chain with everything you could need at a reasonable cost.  Although not always at the forefront of luxury their fruit, vegetables and fish counters are usually fresh and  excellent.

Aldi and Lidl

Can also be found in most towns offering a cheap but probably not the best option for deluxe grocery shopping.

Portuguese food differs from other nearby Mediterranean cuisine partly due to its influence from India, Africa and the Far East ( where there were former colonies).  Enjoy the bold flavors of the country and abundance of fresh fish.

Delicacies / Dishes

Most main courses in an average restaurant are served with potatoes or rice.  Fresh fish is usually available and simply grilled or baked makes a great meal especially if in doubt about quality/ethics/origin of meat.

Piri Piri – A spicy pepper and vinegar sauce that is often served with grilled chicken

Salt cod – in fritters or with mashed potato or torn into a salad, all delicious .

Arroz Doce , Cinnamon rice pudding

Patel de nata – Portuguese custard tart

Caldo verde  – a potato and kale soup

Cozido à Portuguesa, a meat stew which usually contains pork and offal

Feijoada Trasmontana – shared by Brazil and one of the national dishes, heaps of meat, beans and onions – very filling but makes a great feast.

Clams Bulhao Pato , Clams cooked with wine, garlic and coriander, served with bread to mop up the delicious sauce . One of my favorite things to eat when in the Algarve.

 

Food/ Flavors

When in Portugal look out for and expect to eat;

Pork dishes

Fish and shellfish particularity  – Cod, sardines, octopus, squid, crabs, shrimp, prawns, barnacles, hake, stone bass, sea bass, clams, mussels, oysters, scallops,

Food flavored with cinnamon, vanilla, saffron, garlic, coriander, parsley, garlic, olive oil, dried oregano ( not all at once)!

Cheese – the Portuguese do lots of sheep and goats cheeses – keep an eye out for ones that are produced in the country

Drinks

Portuguese wine is getting increasing amounts of positive attention, a few producing regions  to look out for are;

Alentejo, Bairrada, Dão, Estremadura, Ribatejo and the arguably the finest  –  Douro

The best sparkling wine comes from the Barrida region

Port ( mostly red but you can get white)  and Madeira ( available sweet and dry)  are  the countries well known fortified wines

Beer -Sagres and Super bock are Portugal’s main champions of this drink.

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