VISTAS - MONTE REI
Name of establishment
Vistas Restaurant, Monte Rei Golf & Country Club, Vila Nova de Cacela
Very upmarket golf clubhouse, more akin to the type of excusive country club you'd expect to find in Georgia or the Carolinas. Spectacular views out over the fairways complement your gourmet dining experience.
Slightly formal at first sight, but the staff make you feel at home straight away.
What to eat?
Choose between the a la carte or the degustation (tasting) menu. Either will give you an excellent appreciation of chef Albano Lourenço's mastery in the kitchen.
Sample starters include:
Horse Mackerel Salad, Cauliflower and Curry Vinaigrette
Octopus Carpaccio, John Dory in Tempura and Beetroot Canelloni
Foie Gras, Chocolate, Balsamic Flavoured Strawberries
Hake Ravioli and Red Shrimp, Carbonara Sauce
Sample mains include:
Bouillabaisse, Red Mullet Sauce, Seasonal Vegetables and Sprouts
Turbot, Stewed Tomato and Bread, Saffron Foam and Oyster Sauce
Black Angus, Caramelised Onion, Seasonal Vegetables and Red Wine Sauce
Suckling Pig Belly, Roasted Potato and Almond Sauce
Sample desserts include:
Creme Brulee, Pistachio Tuille and Vanilla Ice Cream
Carob Pudding and Strawberry
What to drink?
Wide selection of Portuguese and international wines, including a Wine Pairing designed to complement the degustation menu. If you're a serious wine buff, the sommelier will be your new best friend.
Why do you love it?
Unless you live close to Tavira, it might seem a long way to go to dine - but you'll go a long way to find better food than this in the Algarve.
A choice of inside or outside seating, with an outdoor terrace for pre- or after-dinner drinks.
Vila Nova de Cacela is located between Tavira and Vila Real de Santo Antonio, off the EN-125. See website for local directions.
Starters from €13
Mains from €24
Desserts from €10
Six-course degustation menu - €69
Wine Pairing (four varieties including port) - €31
7.30 pm to 10.30 pm
April until June, September and October: Thursday to Saturday.
July and August: Tuesday to Saturday.