Par littleboboon le 7 Novembre 2020 à 19:22
During our visit to Albufeira, we were looking for a place to pee for our kid, we stumbled on this place called Sal Rosa. It was an a bsolutely fabulous cosy bar, terrace overlooking the beautiful sea and fantastic beach. Sal Rosa has great views, great cocktails, great playlists and pure artistry.
Sal Rosa is a great place for a pre dinner or post dinner drink, and to watch the sun go down. Sal Rosa is the kind of address you wish to keep it for yourselves and above all it is run by a wonderful young and very nice lady.
Sal Rosa is one of the kind of address and a must do in Albufeira!
Par littleboboon le 7 Novembre 2020 à 14:19
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
Par littleboboon le 3 Novembre 2020 à 21:00
One of our main goals during our trip to Algarve was to go to eat at Sao Gabriel in Amancil, the one star Michelin restaurant of Chef Leonel Pereira, but we learned that he had closed it to open a new concept called Check-In, in Faro. So we decided to go check out Check-in!
This new concept can be defined by three criteria:
Informal and accessible refined cuisine for all
The best seasonal ingredients and produces from Algarve and other Portuguese regions
Sustainability, to manage and caliber the food waste.
We actually had to walk through a kind of run down and funky area of Faro to find the place, but once inside we had a warm welcome by our host Delfim João and the sommelier, Victor.
The menu is divided in five categories :
Cooked in Pot “Snacks”
Special Moments “Snacks”
For Check-in “Snack” we chose the salmon tartar with capers, celery, “buddha's hand” cider, ginger and dry squid oil, and Foie gras sauté (1 unit of 80g.) quince compote and shimeji mushrooms. Both dishes were amazing, incredible flavorful and perfectly cooked.
For the Cooked in Pot “Snacks” we selected the tuna belly “Portuguese style” with potatoes, onions, olives and pickles, and the Secretos of Iberian pork with prawns and Padron peppers. Once again it was wonderfully prepared and cooked.
The best dish was without a doubt his signature dish from his Sao Gabriel days: Squid and crayfish with black ink risotto. This dish was a knock-out in terms of flavors and textures, every ingredient was so tasty and masterfully cooked. Amazing. Even better than the risottos we used to have at Aoko Maoki, a French restaurant with a Japanese chef, that used to be near the Champs-Elysées in Paris and is now closed (unfortunately).
We finished our dinner with a light and tasteful Check-Out “Snacks”: Greek yogurt and cottage cheese mousse, vanilla violet ice cream.
The wine list was concise and well sourced, but we recommend that you let Victor, the expert sommelier, guide you through it as we did.
The service by Delfim João and Victor was smooth and instructive.
We really enjoyed the new concept by Leonel Pereira and his team. The setting is modest but the cooking is ambitious and good. Most of all, the chef and his team make it worth the trip. So come to check out “Check-In” this cozy, warm and delicious place. You won’t regret it.
Ave Da Republica 40
Tel : +351 968 070 776
Par littleboboon le 2 Novembre 2020 à 20:08
For our first trip abroad since January (courtesy of Covid-19), we chose the region of Algarve, Portugal to spend our fall holidays in this period of pandemic.
Algarve is an ideal spot for a week of holidays: sun, blue skies, wonderful beaches, beautiful landscapes, very good food and restaurants and most of all the Portuguese people are so nice.
We chose to stay at the Anantara Vilamoura Resort to check out the first luxury hotel of the Minor group in Europe.
The building itself is of contemporary design with an elegant, sober and chic ambiance. The hotel has a view and a direct access to the Oceanico golf course designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer. The lobby is luminous and aerial with a big tree in the middle, “planted” by a local artist to welcome the guests.
Our check-in was smooth and nicely handled by Elodie, a French native.
Our Deluxe Garden Room had nice proportions and included a large bathroom that was ingeniously separated from the room by a series of sliding doors and screens, creating an open plan, bright space during the day, or an intimate mood-lit bathroom for a relaxing soak in the tub. It also had a large balcony with a sofa bed to relax and chill.
Our breakfast at the Victoria restaurant (indoor or on the terrace) was nice and had a good offer, be it slightly reduced due to Covid. The service was friendly and warm.
To be fair, due to the current Covid-19 situation, we have to say that not everything in this five-star hotel is on par with some of their Asian counterparts.
We brought it up to the hotel General Manager, Marta Pinto, who said they are doing the best they can in these singular and unprecedented circumstances. Here are the few things that, in our opinion, should be reviewed and changed at the Anantara Vilamoura Resort even in this period of Covid-19 crisis:
The hotel should not charge 1;5€ for the Nespresso capsules that are in the room, at least two capsules a day should be included in the room daily rate
The kid's club was closed - even though kids are less likely to spread the disease
The gastronomic restaurant, Emo, and the seafood restaurant, Ria, were both closed which was too surprising as six miles away the Epic Sana Hotel kept his restaurants open
In terms of sustainability, there is a big difference between theory and reality: the pool bar still uses plastic straws and glasses apparently to comply with local policies (if that is so then those policies need to be amended)
For room entertainment, the hotel charges 10€ for a movie on demand
We noticed that the cushion of one of the couches in the corridor on our floor was stained and dirty
The Anantara Vilamoura Hotel probably deserves another visit - post Covid-19 - to see its full potential as a luxury resort.
Av dos Descobrimentos nº 0
Tel: +351 289 317 000
Par littleboboon le 16 Avril 2017 à 22:09
Penha Longa Hotel and Resort is ideally located in the middle of a natural parc of Sintra, It's a five-star resort and probably one of the most beautiful resorts in Portugal.
Our stay from April 8th to 15th, 2017 was delightful but punctuated by small incidents due to a disorganised and an unstructured staff.
We spoke to Susana Mata, P.A. to the resort's General Manager, about those incidents and how a few little mishaps can spoil a great holidays for the guests. Below, are a few examples
of what happened to our family :
On our first night we were surprised to find our room without an extra bed for our six-year-old boy (even though we made a reservation through Expedia for two adults and one child) and when we asked for the extra bed we were told that there would be an extra charge of 40€ per night, which of course we did not agree to. Between the hotel and the travel agency, we don't really know who thought it would be OK for our son to sleep where? On the floor? With us? When we book a room for three, guess what: we expect the room to actually accommodate three.
One afternoon, we asked for a kitchen knife to be brought to our room, so we could peel an apple for our son. “Right away, Sir”. Half an hour later... we decided to go down to the reception to ask for it again.
When we checked out, our invoice showed a 73€ charge for dinner at the B-Lounge on our last evening on Friday the 14th 2017 even though we actually had dinner at another restaurant in the hotel: LAB by Sergi AROLA, which also showed on our invoice. After we mentioned the discrepancy to the staff, they checked the receipts, realised the mistake and apologized.
We also had to wait 30 minutes for a staff member to bring the car around. It would have been quicker to just go get the car ourselves. Thank God our flight was much later in the evening.
As we mentionned to Susanna Mata, a five-star hotel should focus on the quality of the service – quality is in the details -- and each guest should be treated as a valuable member and not just a customer or a consumer.
We hope our feedback will help Penha Longa Resort's management and staff improve, restructure and refocus on a service based on quality, not quantity.
Penha Longa Resort
Estrada da Lagoa Azul Sintra - Linhó 2714 - 511 Portugal
T: +35 1 21 924 9011
F: +35 1 21 924 9007
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