Al Quimia was one of the two high end restaurants in Algarve that we really wanted to try, but when we called to make the reservation, we were told that, unfortunately, they do not accept kids under 12 years old.
After explaining who we are and that our 10-year-old son is very much used to eating at premium places Michelin-starred restaurants they finally gave in to our request under one (costly) condition: our son would have to get the degustation menu just like us. We find it really too bad that high end venues like Al Quimia or five-star hotels like Epic Sana are not kids friendly. They should understand that gourmet children like our son are their future clients…
But let’s talk about Luis Mourão’s cuisine at Al Quimia: for our dinner on October 21, 2020 we opted for the menu Floodplain which consists of seven dishes plus the usual amuse-bouche and mignardises.
The first amuse-bouche, the faux olive and carrots served in a small garden pot, was amazing in terms of flavors, and technique also. The rest of the menu was wonderful: from the Black Angus to the mushroom-looking brioches served with three different textures of mushrooms; or from the duck with purple cabbage and pumpkin to the lamb with truffles cooked two different ways. Last but not least, the desserts: citrus with basil and carrot pickles, and orelys mushroom and pear were the perfect ending to this very nice culinary journey proposed by Luis Mourão and his team.
The wine list was extremely interesting and reasonable in their price range. Wine pairing also available.
Al Quimia obviously has the ambition to obtain their first Michelin star. Our experience with them convinced us that indeed they do deserve it, for their creative and well-conceived menu, and for the refined setting and ambiance.
The service was nice and knowledgeable. However, client service needs to be improved. When our son accidentally popped the faux olive bonbon, spilling its juice on the table, the waiting staff continued to bring the dishes as if nothing had happened, and did not do anything about the stained napkin until we asked them to. They need to fix that if they really want that first Michelin Star...
Epic Sana Algarve Hotel
Pinhal do Concelho, Praia da Falésia,
Olhos de Água
8200-593 Albufeira, Portugal
Tel : +351 289 104 300
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