This is a small, fancy looking restaurant near the city centre and they serve food as the best.
As I work here, I have to go for lunch quite often and I am therefore a frequent visitor to the place.
The interior is wooden and it looks a bit like a countryside house. It's small ad cosy and has an open kitchen. They have a large menu and have special prices for lunch... second menu.
Favorite Dish: I usually go for the peppersteak which is a large plate with a big piece of meat and loads of vegetables and fries. This costs 3.50 Euros.
The plate of the day is usually very good as well...
Right in the Harbour front - just by the Beatles boat are several smaller boats decked out with tables and chairs - a great palce to literally sit in the harbour and enjoy a snack and a drink in lovely surroundings. I enjoyed a steak sandwhich on the local bread (really tasty) and a lumumba drink (hot chocholate with brandy and cream). It also provided us with shelter dring an hours downpour on our first day in Funchal - either side it was lovely sunshine - typical of Madeira's microclimate.
For an evening meal there is a choice of floating restaurants along the seafront, of which the largest and most covetable is the Vagrant. It was once owned by The Beatles, fortunatley customers dining within its polished wood and tinted glass are spared endless piped renditions of " Let it be "
Favorite Dish: Freshly cooked seafood
This restaurant is very romantic and the service is excellent!
The waiter asked us where we came from and seconds later he put a Swedish flag on our table. A nice and fun gesture!
The interior is beautiful and the waiter/waitress were friendly and helpful.
Favorite Dish: We ordered prawns and they were huge! They were as delicious as they were big... This was a perfect ending of a lovely day in Funchal...
Just past our hotel (monumental Lido) going further away from Funchal was this lovely little coffehouse. All sorts of cakes and pastries to sample - unfortunately we never got in here until the last day - but then again judging by the portions maybe that was a good thing! (see next tip)
Ok here's the cake ..the coffee was good too with even more cream piled on top! Cost was about 7 euros for two coffees and cakes - there was a good selection too.
They also did a sandwhich service - we ordered filled rolls for our journey home - they were freshly made and wrapped in foil for us. I enjoyed them much more than the airline food we wisely decided not to have.
Nice, small, quieter than the other more touristic restaurants. Very polite staff.
They serve traditional cuisine like most restaurants in the old town, but they take more care here.
Favorite Dish: gamba's potao = gamba's with a nice flavoured cream sauce. Delicious
Also try the espetada, the entrecôte and the grilled sardines. Don't forget the crèpes flambées as dessert.
Drink a white Planalto with the fish and a red Monte Velho with the meat.
You'll get a little Reserva (madeira wine) from the house by asking the bill (the second time we where there the house served us also a madeire wine as apéritif)
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.
Afternoon tea on the terrace at Reid's is essential. Settle into a wicker armchair and contemplate the cruise ships below whilst . awaiting tea and crustless sandwiches and Maderia cake. If this all sounds a little too staged try the poolside buffet lunch it is good value or you can pop in to the Cocktail bar one evening ( suit and tie requested) What to drink? Why, vintage Madeira. m'dear.
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.
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?
Do have lunch or afternoon tea at a pasteleria. It's a bakery shop where you can sit and have coffee or tea with sandwiches, stuffed croissants, scones, cakes, gateaux, ice cream and much more.
We've tried a few and they were all excellent!
As everywhere, this restaurant is also famous for its fresh fish. It's a very popular restaurant located on the first floor of an old building. It has a lovely small roof patio with a beautiful view on the zona velha and the sea.
Favorite Dish: Their tomato-onion soup (popular in Madeira) was excellent. So were the fish dishes. Try espada with banana or espada madeira style (with madeira wine sauce).
NOTE: there's a meat dish called "espetada" which is not to be mixed with the fish dish "espada". Espetada is a skewer with roast beef ; espada is the fish you see on the pic. It's an ugly fish but it tastes excellent.
We have eaten very good meals at the small bar-restaurants that you will find in every city. They will mostly have a soup of the day and a few main dishes.
Favorite Dish: We've had lunch in one of these small places in Funchal's city centre for only 6 (six) euro for two! We both had a big bowl of vegetable soup (which was a main course in itself), a softdrink and a glass of sweet madeira wine as a digestive.
O ALmirante is situated on the edge of the Zona Velha. It has one of the oldest fountains on its terrace.
Favorite Dish: It's nice to have a drink or something to eat on their terrace, to observe the people passing by.