This is a great restaurant in city center.
They have nice food and atmosphere, for a good price.
The food was nice, the wine too and service very friendly.
I advice you to try this one. For me, this is one of the best restaurants in funchal.
Favorite Dish: The black scabbardfish or the tuna steak are great.
As dessert i advice the chocolat moelleux.
We ate in Almirante's shady courtyard beside an old fountain, just a stone's throw from the market. Good service, good local seafood. Inside rooms look nice, too, if the weather were bad. Don't bother to order an appetizer--the portions for the main course are huge, and you get good bread and a complimentary plate with several nice tidbits while you're waiting for your meal to come.
Favorite Dish: Try their spada--a favorite local fish, offered three ways. We opted for the simplest (grilled) and it was great!
They're very proud, at O Portao, for their good and many reviews they've got from the Internet people. They even printed some of them (they're not from virtualtourist, what a shame!) and showed them under the menu. I thought this was a bit too much, actually.
Apart from this, the reviews are well deserved, in my opinion.
One of the things I appreciated very much is that the waiters don't stay outside on the road trying to catch as many customer as they can, smiling, saying "hola" and trying to force you to have a look at their menu. They have customers even without that, probably thanks to internet.
We had starters, main dishes, wine and water and sweet madeira wine at the end for about 30€ per person.
The food was very good and at the end, together with the bill, they gave us some additional free drink.
Nice restaurant, good food and friendly waiters. We had two main dishes and water for about 12€ per person.
Favorite Dish: Espetada, beef skewer (though it wasn't onto a bay leaf stick as the typical espetada should be).
From outside you might think this is just a normal grocery but when you enter and pass the actual grocery's room, you enter a small bar where you can have different kinds of fruits, fruit salads, and ice creams with fruit salad.
Do you know those moments, usually in the afternoon, when you get suddenly hungry and you dream about something quick and tasty? Right in the middle of one of these moments I peeked in this frutaria and I found the place for me!
It's quite cheap, a big fruit salad is less than 2€ an ice cream scoop is 1€.
Favorite Dish: Fruit salads with icecream
This is a special place, both for the location and for the food they serve. If you have the chance, reserve a table on the terrace and you'll have a great view on the sea. About food, they have everything around rice, we had Risotto with fried espada and banana (15.50€) and rice with octopus (16 €).
The restaurant is not cheap but I think it deserves, with a good bottle of red wine we spent about 35€ per person.
Favorite Dish: Rice with fried espada and banana
The seafood dish I had was the best seafood I've ever tasted anywhere in the world. My wife and I ordered a dish with an assortment of seafood and fish. There was lobster, cooked to perfection, scampi, prongs, octupus and a local fish called estepada. The estepada was served with honey and was quite tasty. The restaurant is very clean and is a family restaurant. It's located in the fishing village of Camarra des Lobos on the waterfront. It costs about 50 euros for 2 people with a half litre of wine.
The O Portao is situated near the large Porto Santa Maria Hotel near the Old Fort, in the Old Town area in Funchal.
This restaurant was an absolute gem, the understated exterior gave no clue as to the quality of the food, staff and atmosphere.
The interior was not too big or bright, ideal for that romantic meal. For a warm evening, there is also outside dining.
Alberto Camara and his staff were all excellent, very knowledgable about the food and wine. They were also genuinely friendly, often giving good advice about the meals that were available. There was none of the constant harrassment by staff that can normally be the case.
The kitchen and chef are on view at their work which was good to see. I thought that for the quality of the food, the prices were very reasonable.
The menu, gladly, was not huge, but had more than enough to challenge.
Every meal that we had there was superb, I am only sorry that we didn’t discover it sooner. Ah well, next time !
Well done O Portao.
Boutique Lido...well one word describes this one "delicious". It is located on Estrada Monumental in the Lido area. They open from about 8 am to 10 pm. There is a small seating area or you can take away (if you take cakes away then they are sealed individually (slices) in a box, but you don't get plastic cutlery so choose carefully what you wish to take away!!!). They have a very extensive range of cakes/gateaux, also do toasted sandwiches. You can have coffee too (if you like expresso, maybe you should try Bica!), but if you want something more drinkable and less strong have a capucino. You can to get rather a large piece of cake so if you want a small piece do tell them! The cake is weighed.
Favorite Dish: I partiuclarly like the Maracuja (passion fruit) cake.pudding, also their sponge topped with mangue (mango), their sponges tend to be very light. Traditional cake here is pastel de nata (similar in a way to the custard tart in England, but the topping is kind of caramalised). I am sure you will have your favourites.
The Funil is just a fantastic place to visit. It is inexpensive, supplies consistent great food, has brilliant and funny staff, LOUIS and wife, ANTONIO (who is a comedian) and the gorgeous Miss Portugal SONIA. We felt that this place made our holiday to madeira a happy and fun event.
Favorite Dish: Local 6.50 euro dishes, tasty and good potions. if this restaurant can provide SUCH good value, why is it that others cannot do the same?
The Chancellor restaurant is situated on Estrada Monumental, next to the Florasol Hotel and not far to walk from the Monumental Lido or Alto Lido hotels. They are open for lunch and dinner. If you select the tourist menu (current prices as in December 2007) are Euro 12.50. This includes an apertif of a glass of Maderian wine. Then you have a bread roll, a choice of soup (vegetables) or mixed salad. Then four choices for the main courses, pork, lamb cutlets, two fish dishes, one is the local fish served with banana, the other is tuna. The meat dishes have chips the fish comes with boiled potatoes. All main meals have a salad garnish, about a tablespoon of mixed vegetables and rice. After this you get desert, ice cream, caramel pudin (creme caramel), or fresh fruit salad. If you eat off the tourist menu then you are looking around at Euro 12 for a pizza and more expensive for fish and meat dishes.
Favorite Dish: Both fish dishes, the one with banana and the tuna (atum) as it is done Maderian style in tomato and onion sauce...simply delicious.
The O'Bife restaurant/snack bar is situated on the first floor of the Mounumental Lido Commerical Centre, right in the Tourist Hotel Zone. The commercial centre is next to Monumental Lido hotel. The dish of the day is usually Euro 5.00, omlettes around Euro 5 - 6 and steak for Euro 7.50. Special Hamburger (thick burger with salad garnish, no onions) and chips for just Euro 2.50. A lot of locals eat here and I was recommended this by a local and have eaten there myself a few times, the food has always been excellent and service with a smile. For anyone who does not speak Portugese, the waitresses speak English.
Favorite Dish: My favourite dish...their fish dish is good, but so are the salads, so I don't have a favourite dish.
Funchal, the capital city of the island of Madeira, is a fascinating and unique town. This historic town, dating back 500 years ago, is now a vibrant and bustling centre. It's quite charming with its steep 16th century cobbled streets, elegant squares and smart colonial buildings. In one of these beautiful mansions the Café Escola de Conducao is situated..
Café Escola de Conducao is conveniently located at the city centre, facing the Praça do Municipio. It's a small, fancy looking café / restaurant specialized in Portuguese cuisine and authentic dishes native to the island of Madeira. The interior is wooden and it looks a bit like a countryside house. It's small, cosy and has an open kitchen.
Favorite Dish: Relinde had the specialty of the house, the delicious Peixe Espada Preto. I, for meself, had the poular Carne de Espeto, which was served on a skewer. It was great!
It's great to visit the Funchal Promenade. Just take a stroll from the Marino to the Forte de Sao Tiago for a great view of Funchal town and its bay. But not only walking around is great, it's maybe even better to sit on a terrace and watch the entire world go by. Hot sun, cold beer, my daughter and my beautiful wife next to me, what else could I ever wish for?
At the Promenade is a variety of places to eat, ranging from upmarket and overpriced restaurants to smaller places where the locals sit and eat. We sat down at Casa Madeirense as we were walking along the seafront and already saw all the chairs and tables out front and then we only needed to climb up some steps to reach it.
Favorite Dish: We had a nice cold beer and the "Plate of the Day" for lunch. It was a peppersteak and loads of vegetables and fries. Can you believe it? It only costed 3.50 Euros!
It's a must do to visit the area between the river Ribeira do Sao Gomes, the ocean and the Forte de Sao Tiago called "Zona Velha", the Old Zone. Funchal's most charming district has a lot of bars and restaurants. Enough where you can enjoy lunches or snacks and drinks. Most are centered around squares, but in the little cobbled alleyways there are plenty of choices too.
Our reason to have a seat at Villa Caffe wasn't that difficult to guess; from that terrace we had a magnificent view at the beautiful Mercado dos Lavradores. We immediately noticed they had two menu cards, one with a rather large menu and one with special prices for lunch only. So we can invite you to have your lunch here, as it's quite an inexpensive place to eat some good food.
Favorite Dish: We were a little bored with the samey Funchal menus and felt free to order a pizza and some pasta. We liked it a lot and it accompanied our cold beer very well! :)