I am one of those spoilt brats who are lucky enough to have parents who live abroad. They live in a beautiful part of the world, which I am very well aware does not fit in to the ‘authentic’ box, but boy have I loved growing up there – Quinta do Lago in the Algarve Portugal.
One of the great thing about the area being a resort based area, is that there are so many restaurants in the area to cater to the tourists that come from over Europe as well as the local residents. As much as I love fine dining, I do love the Portuguese way of ‘eating out’ – canteen style.
There are a few of these restaurants in the area that my parents frequent but their favourite (and now mine) is Gamboa. The main attraction as well as the food is the staff. Riu, Michelle and the team are so friendly, helpful and always happy to see you and squeeze you in where they can! The menu is varied and simple, easily a great place for those who don’t want to get all dressed up to pop out for a bite to eat.
If you have hungry men who are eating you out of house and home, I suggest you get them to order the Picanha here, the amount of food you get per order will satisfy (if not.. challenge) any one who orders it! Their Chicken Piri-Piri is another good order, none of this ridiculous Nandos stuff, proper Algarvian piri-piri.
One thing I would say is that you don’t need starters! If you accept the bread when you sit down, what they will bring you more than just bread. Cheese, Pate, Olives, Carrots all are more than enough to get your stomach working in preparation for your main course (and if you are particularly hungry, ask for some of the boiled prawns – they are divine!)
Prices: Starters 1.50€ – 7.50€ Main Course 5.50€ – 25.00€ Desserts 5.50€
Great for: Low key, casual, flip-flop dining
Vixxy P’s Menu faves: (unfortunately no photos here – however I am sure on my next visit I will get a few 😉 )
– Lamb Chops
– Chicken Piri-Piri
– Grilled Seabass
– Grilled Sole
Address: Rua Manuel dos Santos Vaquinhas, Almancil, Portugal
Telephone: (+351) 289 048 733
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