Name of establishment
Adega, Vila Vita Parc, Porches
Style and ambience
Traditional Portuguese restaurant with a touch of five-star resort style. There’s an outside terrace with views over the lake to enjoy when the weather is good, and it’s spacious inside. The décor is authentic without being kitsch, and you really don’t feel as if you are in a holiday resort.
Portuguese tapas and grill specialities, and an extensive a la carte menu, with dishes from every region of Portugal. The food takes the best elements of rustic cooking and adds a modern presentation style without losing the authenticity.
For starters, try the grilled Mozambique prawns or the roast chouriço served with strawberry schnapps, the pata negra from Barrancos, or the six-styles of Portuguese cheese.
Soups include bean soup with spinach from Tras-os-Montes or caldo verde, whilst the pataniscas de bacalhau (cod fishcakes) are not to be missed.
For hearty main courses, how about hare stew with white beans, rib of black pork with braised chick peas and mint rice, or leg of lamb from Herdade dos Grous, Vila Vita Parc’s own country estate in the Alentejo?
And there are delicious versions of ‘the usual suspects’ such as fresh fish, duck rice, chicken piri-piri and cataplana.
An excellent selection of Portuguese wines from all regions, including of course Herdade dos Grous, the hotel’s own estate and vineyard in the Alentejo. And they serve the wine by the glass so you can have a mini-tasting of the different wines from the estate.
Why do you love it?
Finding really great Portuguese food in the Algarve is, as many Portuguese will tell you, a challenge. Great roadside places attract the workers, so the food is priced accordingly, which may be great for the wallet, but occasionally you want great food and the absolute best quality all together. Adega delivers just this. And without the thud on your wallet you would expect: this wonderful place is truly Portuguese, it just so happens to be in the middle of a five-star resort.
If you’re relatively new to Portuguese cuisine yourself, or have friends and family staying with you who might not be that adventurous, this will convince everybody.
We love to take friends and family who want a ‘soft’ introduction into salted cod fish, pata negra and all the lovely black pork cuts that are so unique to Portugal. But if dad just wants a good steak, you can also find some of the best grilled meats in the Algarve here!
When to go?
Eat lighter dishes outside at lunchtimes or on warm summer evenings, or settle down to winter-warmers inside at this time of year.
There’s superb live fado music almost every Friday evening - and if you’re not a fan, this might be the way of convincing you.
62 seats inside, plus 54 outside.
In the grounds of Vila Vita Parc hotel in Porches, on the outskirts of Armaçao de Pera.
Starters from €6-20
Soups from €8-9
Mains from €16-27
Lunchtimes and evenings, daily.