O Leao de Porches

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Again his is one of the best restaurants in the Algarve!

Again we have been coming to this restaurant for over 30 years, but it has changed so much in that time. If fine dining is what you are looking for then look no further.

This is a dream from the moment you arrive till you leave. Their attention to detail both with their service and their food is exquisite. They specialise in testing your senses of smell and flavour with different textures and flavours. You will be amazed!

The interior of the restaurant was originally decorated by world famous Algarve artist Patrick Swift of Porches Pottery fame. For those who know and appreciate his art, there is evidence of his handiwork all around. Patrick studied and understood the local art and designs and this restaurant, in many ways, is a unique ‘mini museum’ of his art and handiwork.

But let’s face it, you don’t only go for the decor, you also go for the food and the service. This is where this lovely restaurant has taken the imaginative step of getting a top Michelin trained Chef to take its cuisine to a new level. Belgian owner Bianca Salden has spent the past seven years building up the solid reputation of O Leão de Porches and has now teamed up with Chef George Tannock. George has trained under world famous chefs such as Heston Blumenthal at his world famous Fat Duck Restaurant, awarded three Michelin stars, voted Best Restaurant in the World in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. George has also worked at The Capital Hotel (two Michelin stars), The Green House (One Michelin star) and has even been the private chef to one of the world’s Fortune 100 families. Combined with Bianca’s natural ability to make you feel as comfortable as if you were dining in your own home, you can expect a truly special evening out, one to remember and to repeat as often as you can. Very wisely, prices have been kept to a very accessible level for this quality of cuisine, and a budget of around €50 a person,including wine, is easily achievable. We tried the tasting menu, which is slightly more expensive at €60 for five courses, excluding wine. A wine and food paring is available for the tasting menu or your á la carte dishes from a bin of over 80 bottles which Bianca will expertly match. If you plan to try this menu, it would be wise to book, advising the restaurant if you have any food allergies as chef will be choosing the five courses on your behalf, carefully matching all the flavours to give you an outstanding dining experience

Not the cheapest, but you get what you pay for and more.

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Opening Times: 

Closed on Wednesdays.

Rua da Igreja
Post Code: 
+351 (282) 381 384