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Atlântico reopens at Vila Vita Parc

Atlântico restaurant has reopened its doors for its second season at the Vila Vita Parc Resort in Porches.

Led by chef João Viegas, who brings “exciting new pescatarian creations and puts vegetable protein at the forefront of his dishes”, the restaurant will continue to “showcase authentic Algarve ingredients and gastronomic traditions.”

“As a compliment to the richness of fresh ingredients from the countryside and the sea that the Algarve has to offer, the chef focuses on a sustainable and balanced menu, inspired by the sea, and land,” the resort says in a statement.

Among the restaurant’s starters are “delectable dishes” such as ‘beetroot tartar with grapefruit’, ‘root vegetables and white horseradish with mustard’, ‘prawn brioche with coriander and fried garlic’, and ‘marinated squid with black sepia bread and samphire’.

Caldeirada vegetal

The main dishes are “essentially vegetable-based” and can be accompanied by portions of fish, which vary according to seasonal availability. Such is the case with the vegetable ‘caldeirada’ (stew) with sweet potato and halophyte, which may be accompanied by octopus, or smoked aubergine with wild mushrooms, which can be accompanied by fresh snapper.

Also on the menu are the so-called pot dishes for two: Chef João Viegas’ interpretations of Algarve recipes, such as chickpeas with pumpkin and chard or the runner beans with charcoal roasted squid from the coast.

lula marinada com salicórnia

Chef João Viegas, born and raised in the Algarve, has experience in several prestigious restaurants, such as São Gabriel (one Michelin star) in the Algarve; El Celler de Can Roca (three) and Mugaritz (two), both in Spain, and Central Restaurante, in Peru.

It is described as “a journey that led him to focus on a concept where 100% regional organic products of each season are favoured, putting authentic, original ingredients from local farmers, fishermen and producers” in the spotlight.

Overlooking the ocean, Atlântico restaurant opens from Saturday to Wednesday from 7pm to 10:30pm.  Advance bookings are recommended.

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