Top Rated and Reviewed Restaurants in Vilamoura, Algarve
There is a large number of restaurants in the area of Vilamoura and the restaurant landscape is in constant change through out the year.
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Just like all over Portugal, The Algarve offers its own traditional gastronomy, strongly influenced by the cuisine and the Mediterranean culture.
Algarve is divided in three distinct gastronomical areas:
The Coast (with fish and seafood dishes especially dishes with tuna and octopus), the inland areas of the Barrocal (with simple dishes of fresh vegetables and sausages) and the Algarve mountains (with heavier dishes with chicken and pork stews).
Olive oil is the preferred oil used for both, seasoning and for cooking, along with onions, tomatoes, peppers, garlic and fresh herbs such as parsley and coriander.
Desserts and sweets are strongly influenced by the almond, the fig and carob trees that are all native to the region together with the old traditions of the Alentejo province showcasing interesting artistic preparations with eggs, almonds and figs.
Some of Vilamoura Specialty Dishes
Grilled Fresh Fish
Being a coastal resort, Vilamoura offers you a wide variety of fresh fish. In its simplest form, grilled, sprinkled with a dash of olive oil is a favorite way to enjoy a simple and healthy dish.
A classic dish from Algarve, this octopus rice is rich in textures, in colors and exquisite flavors from the spices, the octopus and rice. This is a dish worth to try as a delicacy.
This cherry chicken dish is fried in a sauce with portuguese sausage (chorizo) leaving it with a beautiful crunchy texture.
Stewed fish (Caldeirada), Algarvian style
A fulfilling and delicious dish made with several varieties of fresh fish cooked with onions, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes and coriander. It has a very appealing presentation with delicious flavors.
A simple dish of spicy grilled squid with olive oil and coriander. A very delicious dish.
With its influence from the adjacent province of Alentejo, this Algarvian version is a cold soup based on tomato, cucumber, peppers and roasted bread cubes. The Algarvian gazpacho is an ideal dish to eat in a hot day on its own or as an accompaniment to fried, grilled or baked fish.
Cataplana Fish and Seafood
A classic from the coastal towns of Algarve. This specialty dish combines seafood and hand picked specific fish prepared and cooked in a special cooking pot (cataplana) over low heat. This method of cooking offers a unique way to enjoy the flavors of the Algarves seaside with a unique combination of flavors and texture.
Served with a flavorful tomato rice and salad.
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