Name of establishment
Louro - Conrad Algarve
The hotel’s all-day dining venue, open both to hotel guests and outside visitors for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Breakfast is self-service and includes a full continental buffet as well as a selection of hot dishes.
At lunchtime and in the evenings, the restaurant switches to modern Mediterranean/Portuguese cuisine. Lunch includes a selection of lighter dishes, including tapas, with a comprehensive a la carte menu available for dinner.
Light and modern decor, with indoor and outdoor dining options, including an outdoor seating pergola with a fireplace. As befits its all-day purpose, Louro can transform itself in line with the time of day and the seasons. There is no ‘dress code’ as such - suffice to say it goes from very casual for breakfast to smart-casual later in the day.
What to eat?
Sample dishes from the evening a la carte menu include...
Warm mushroom and almond open tart with fresh garlic and parsley oil (€9)
Sautéed Ria Formosa clams in white wine (€12-18)
Porco preto charcuterie selection with olive paste and pickled vegetables (€14)
Algarvian seafood risotto (€20)
Roast Atlantic salmon with cauliflower cream, bok choy and garden herb dressing (€18)
Daily specials are also available.
Chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream and raspberry reduction (€8)
Espresso pannacotta with hazelnut nougat crunch (€7)
Almond tart with carob crème brulee, lemon mousse, Dom Rodrigo sweets and pastel de nata (€10)
What to drink?
Louro’s wine list (an abridged version of the fuller wine list available in Gusto) includes a selection of Portuguese and international wines, including several available by the glass.
Benchmark prices (per bottle):
Marquês dos Vales Selecta 2011 white (€19)
Quinta do Crasto 2010 red (€36)
Why do you like it?
Excellent staff, a broad menu and reasonable prices for a luxury hotel restaurant.
What could be improved?
The restaurant could be a little more relaxed in the evening - the style of service and the choice of dishes is not differentiated enough from Gusto, which is supposed to be the hotel’s more formal dining experience.
There is a private dining room, ideal for small parties or business gatherings, and a terrace for summer drinks and dining.
124 covers inside, plus 104 outside.
Lobby level of the Conrad Algarve hotel (which is opposite Quinta Shopping in Quinta do Lago).
All year round.
Breakfast (hotel guests): 7am - 11am
Lunch: 12 noon - 4pm
Dinner: 6pm - 10:30pm