Name of establishment
Vila Velha, Sagres
Quaint, if that doesn't sound like a back-handed compliment - a traditional western Algarve building mixes Portuguese and northern European touches inside to give a reassuringly familiar feel.
A warm welcome is assured from the Dutch owner-chef, the lovely Lia, and her all-female team, who speak five languages between them.
What to eat?
The food is an eclectic mix of Portuguese favourites with an international flavour - fresh, tasty, interesting, and arriving in huge portions.
Sample starters include scrambled egg with farinheira sausage, octopus salad, or stuffed quail with a muscatel and raisin sauce.
Mains include beef fillets in a wild mushroom sauce (seriously delicious), rabbit in wine and spices, and stone bass with garlic and coriander, plus a fish of the day.
Desserts to tempt you range from homemade vanilla ice cream with stewed wild berries to the house special - cinnamon parfait with baked apple.
What to drink?
A good selection of Portuguese wines, including several from the Algarve.
Why do you love it?
Unhurried, relaxing and indicative of the whole of the western Algarve - the perfect place to escape from the frantic pace of the rest of the world.
When to go?
Any evening - the restaurant has A/C in summer and a log fire in winter.
Far from paying lip service to non-meat eaters, the menu has no less than seven vegetarian options, including inventive dishes using rice, noodles and pasta.
50 seats inside, plus a covered terrace that seats a further 20.
Rua Patrao Antonio Faustino - it's hard to get lost in such a small place as Sagres/ Baleeira. The restaurant is walking distance from either the Memmo Baleeira Hotel or the Pousada.
Starters from €4-€11.75
Mains from €13-€24
Desserts from €4.75-€7
You'll get a good bottle of wine in the €12-€20 range, and of course can go upwards from there.
Open for dinner every evening except Monday from 18.30-22.00 (22.30 from 15 July-15 September).
Closed for holidays: December & January