Eight Algarve restaurants awarded ‘quality label’

Eight Algarve restaurants awarded ‘quality label’

Eight restaurants have won the recently-created “quality label” conceived to award the best eateries in the Algarve.
The label-boasting restaurants are located in Loulé and Quarteira (Akvavit, Millenium and Gigi), Albufeira (A Ruína and Veneza), Faro, Portimão and Tavira (Estaminé, Àbabuja and O Noélia e Jerónimo), reports hotels association AIHSA which judged them on “the excellence of regional gastronomy, hygiene and food safety, and customer service”.
Quarteira boasts two of the quality-labelled restaurants – Akvavit and Millenium. While the first “captivates restaurant-goers with its creative and innovative food featuring Portuguese but also Swedish and Danish dishes”, the second offers a more “refined and cosy atmosphere with excellent Portuguese food”, say judges.
Gigi was highlighted for its “relaxed environment and quality food” on Quinta do Lago beach, while Estaminé stood out for being a “unique restaurant on Faro’s Ilha Deserta”.
Albufeira’s A Ruína and Veneza both have “over 30 years of experience, but while A Ruína offers fresh fish and seafood, Veneza specialises in Barrocal Algarvio (more rustic) dishes.”
Finally, Portimão’s Àbabuja was awarded for its “fresh fish and well-cooked meals” combined with the location near Alvor’s old fishing ‘lota’ while Tavira’s Noélia and Jerónimo won for their menus, “featuring the most genuine Algarvean food, combining the wealth of the land and sea”.
More restaurants are expected to receive the label by the end of March 2015, says AIHSA, and hopes are to have 30 restaurants boasting the seal by the end of the project’s first year.