We couldn't leave Madeira without tasting the famous drinks - Poncha and Nikita. Our friends did it in Serra d'Agua, and we stopped in "A poncha da Fátima" in Santo António da Serra.
Poncha is too strong (dangerous for a driver), Nikita was cool.
Those that enter Beef and Wine notice two main themes:The Beef and the Wine.Both are present everywhere,especially the wine.
This focus has led to rewards,best wine service in Portugal,by the Wine Magazine.They have a list of 220 quality wines,150 of which can be served by the glass.
New Zealand top sirloin steak,considered the best in the world,is the signature dish on the list of meats.Other meats available include chicken,duck,pork,lamb,kid and home made beefburger served with foie gras. Fish is also available such as cod,or seafood such as prawns or octopus.
Favorite Dish: Try the New Zealand beef,you will not be disappointed!(You can have as much as you can eat)
The food was great!
The service make you feel like home, the surroundings are tipical latin teras was in the middle of a street between houses.
The food was good comparing the price, for 2 person with starter, main dish, dessert and drinks with tip included is around 40€.And when i say main dish i mean 1 bord full, with fresh fish, or meat.
The restaurant is open from 12 till 23.
Favorite Dish: My favorite was the shrimps and the calamary on a stik.It camed with salad and frits.
One of the best place in Madeira for espetadas (beef roasted on the spit). You cannot miss it. It’s a big place, sometimes noisy, full of people (not only tourists) but really picturesque. Waiters (only men. Someone can explain me why in a lot of Portuguese restaurant you cannot see a waitress?) are very friendly and the meat (with bone or without, both delicious), such such fried “milo”, salads, French fries (they assured not to be frozen) and desserts are terrific. We were there 2 times and we had a great dinner.
Favorite Dish: Beef Espetadas and fried "milo".
fish restarant near the new shopping centre at the end of this strip (on the way out of funchal), and down by the water where you can get 5 different types of fish for 14 euro. It's amazingly cheap and really tasty and the restaurant is packed out every night by locals and tourists alike. You may need to book for the next day or make sure you get down early to a secure a booking for that night.
apart from this restaurant, behind the hotels on the main hotel strip (i.e. savoy hotel etc) there are a number of really lovely, trendy restaurants that serve excellent food, and not the tourist fare that some restaurants in the more obvious tourist areas sell.
Favorite Dish: you can get 5 different types of fish for 14 euro!
I had two satisfying meals here in this small restaurant in Funchal Old Town. It's neat and very clean with excellent service and very well presented tasty food and a relaxed atmosphere. A good place to give your feet a rest for an hour or so whilst enjoying a good pizza or Lasagne. The salads are crisp and fresh and the bruschettas are delicious! and why not relax further with a jug of sangria or better still a good measure of strong poncha!
This is maybe the most favourite pizza joint in Ribeira Brava. I haven't stayed in the restaurant itself longer than the 15 minutes it takes to get some takeaway pizza. It's fun to watch and great to see that all pizza's are handmade right in front of you! I haven't tasted their other dishes either, but the pizza is just so delicious. It's not as greasy as at most other places and the toppings at least look pretty fresh. The basic Pizza Margherita costs only €6.- and is made with tomato, sliced mozzarella, basil and extra virgin olive oil. Just ask and they will throw on some extra tomato, buffalo mozzarella and basil on it for free!
The place itself is small and old-fashioned, all over-decorated with Italian ornaments and preserved saltwater fishes. It's very clean, though, and the staff is very friendly. They're open on sundays, so when the weather is fine, grab a pizza and eat it on a bench in the sun!
Favorite Dish: Definately the Pizza Marinara, which is made with tomato, garlic, oregano and extra virgin olive oil (although I have tasted it here as well with added basil to the marinara).
This restaurant specialised in fish and shellfish dishes. Its staff were friendly and knowledgeable and forthcoming with little samples of this and that. Décor was spacious, bright and modern. But what gave it that unique edge was the images of old Madera and general scenic attractions ‘projected’ across one wall. Well worth a visit.
Favorite Dish: We both shared a starter, new to us, of grilled limpets. I think you will agree nicely presented and tasted as good as it looked.
Sometimes on holiday, after a busy day exploring, all you want is something to EAT. Not elaborate, not will take ½ an hour to prepare, just good food and quick! We found 2 places where this was very much the case in Madeira this year. The first was Restaurante Tavira on a little street just behind tourist information. Sorry I don’t remember exactly what we had but we were very impressed with what we ate and how promptly the food was ready. The décor was more of a café style but fresh and bright.
The second was more of a snack bar, Xaramba pizza, Rua da Carreira 67. We had gone looking for ‘O Funil’ a well loved fish restaurant in the street but just wanted to EAT not wait on a table. Xaramba offered a selection of ‘pizza deals’ and the usual Lasagne, cannelloni etc. The staff were very helpful and again the meal was ready in no time. Very good value for money and just what we needed. From the outside it may not look like anything special but if you are just after a no fuss no frills meal give the place a try. Even try them as a take away.
House Jazz was for us the best thing that happened on our holiday to Madeira. We had tried many of the so called best restaurants but here was a small, bright and fresh restaurant thirty yards from the main street where the carnival took place. The menu was true fusion with a superb Spicy Seafood in the Sri Lankan style with Pilaf Rice and Chef Alexander's Dessert Trilogy Surprise. Yes, the chef's name is mentioned on the menu.
The menu is not large, adding weight to the thought that the food is prepared with great attention to detail. The waiters are young, sexy and funny. The service quite wonderful without being overbearing and patronising. And as a bonus on Friday nights there is live jazz. No smoking in the restaurant but there is a terrace outside for them.
Such a surprise to find this restaurant at the opposite end of Funchal to the mass of places in the old town.
Favorite Dish: Roasted Pork Fillets resting on a bed of Rissoto “a la Milanese” with Prune sauce. There was only one problem with this dish. Its presentation was a work of art. The first mouthful melted in your mouth, the taste of the pork playing a cha-cha with the Milanese rissoto. Then, when I spoke with the beautiful Tatiana, the manager and architect of this wonderful place, she told me that their chef likes to change the menu every seven to ten days!
Afternoon tea at the Reid's Palace Hotel in Madeira is definitely an occasion not to be missed. The hotel is situated on the cliff tops above Funchal. We booked a table for two on the Terrace. The view from here looking out to sea is one to die for and breathtaking. It was very peaceful and relaxing with live piano music coming from inside. There were plenty of choices of tea on the menu including Darjeeling, Second Flush, Assam and Reid's Blend which is the one I opted for not being a tea drinker. You can buy some Reid's Blend Tea in a caddy to take home with you for €16. The afternoon tea is served on a three tier plate stand with a selection of finger sandwiches..cheese, salmon, egg and prawn avocado and tomato. When you have finished your finger sandwiches they bring you your hot scones served with cream and jam which were absolutely delicious followed by a selection of cakes and pastries. Price per person for Afternoon Tea is €27 and is served between 15.00 to 17.30. Dress code is smart. For anyone thinking of going to Madeira I would highly recommend that you put this on your list of things to do.
Favorite Dish: To be absolutely honest I couldn't say what was my favourite, I just enjoyed the whole experience of the afternoon. Everything that was served was delicious, so much so that we didn't leave a morsel on the plate. You really must try it yourselves!
Its a famous afternoon tea terrace cafe of the most prestigious Reid's Palace Hotel. You can see a magnificent overview of the bay of Funchal. The tea time starts at 3pm and booking is necessary. Its a very popular thing to do. The service is excellent and the all kinds of tea and small cakes and sand-witches are served in very elegant cups and plates and tables.
Favorite Dish: Fruits tea and sand-witch. Its a special place and costs 27 € for each person. But it worth experiencing.
ARMAZÉM DO SAL
Rua da Alfândega, no. 135, Funchal
We happened on this restaurant, quite by chance, late one evening. I glimpsed the candle lit stairs, of the outdoor entrance, through the doors from the street. As our coffee and liqueurs arrived, by coincidence or fate, so did a delightful live ‘fado’ band to make for a magical end to our day.
A couple of nights later we went back, to have a meal this time. Being first to arrive we thought the night might fall short on the atmosphere of our first visit but, within minutes, the attentive staff and arrival of some 'locals' soon put our minds at rest. The meal was superb and exquisitely presented. This time a guitarist performed live to add to the ambience.
I hope you take the time to look for this restaurant and that you too will enjoy its magic.
Favorite Dish: The 'more expensive than average' tag is when you add all the little extras.
Starters 3-7 euros, Main 12-25euros etc.etc.
The Max restaurant / bar is in a alleyway between a square and a dead end road.
do not let this put you off this hidden gem,we ate there 4 times and was never dissappointed The staff were friendly and very courteous.
We always judge a restaurant if the locals eat there,on numerous occasions we found the local portuguese with thier familys tucking in.
The food was always freshly cooked ( you may have to wait about 15 mins for your meal it's worth the wait)
Favorite Dish: Spaghetti Bolaganese (very tasing and full of flavour)
Grilled mixed seafood on a skewer (Yummy)
Hamburgers with salad an chips (chips home made not out of a packet)
Cart dor Ice cream ( I know they dont make it but it rounds off a good meal)
Beer need i say more !
Modern surroundings without ambience, once served, rushed to be got rid of and make way for more customers.
The appearance of the fresh fish, and other ingredients was particularly mouthwatering, and it was difficult to believe that the same products that had been chosen were those that appeared on our plates, lookong as if they had been thrown from the mouth of a burning erupting volcano, these people simply cannot cook fish!
The courtesy bus advertised by those two restaurants could only operate when the waiter who had the responcibility of serving wine and meals in between driving the bus could be made available, which appeared to be very seldom, and toitally inadequate to convey the number of people the management were trying to cram into their two restaurants!
When the management were asked by myself for travel on that bus back to my hotel I was very rudely refused, which I thought was an extremely nice token of appreciaition of my patronage for the second time, and after payment of what I considered to be a very expensive but poorly presented meal, if I wanted to eat charcoal I can buy properly prepared tablets at the chemists'. Obviously if I decide to visit Madeira in the future, these two restaurants will not be on my visiting list.