A new bistro has opened this summer in Olhão in front of the local market, promising a genuine Algarve experience.
Described as an “artisan bistro where the Algarvian soul is present in every corner, texture, smell and flavour”, Cestaria (the Portuguese word for basketry) is an eatery where cooks are known as “artisans for interlacing tradition with innovation” to create dishes which offer “unique sensations and awaken all the senses”.
All dishes are made with the best ingredients available, such as DOP (protected designation of origin) matured meats suppl by local and national partners who “every day provide the best that the land and sea have to offer.”
The list of specialties includes grilled octopus tentacles with roast potatoes; braised Iberian pork cheeks; tuna ‘muxama’ (a kind of ham made from tuna) carbonara with ‘linguini nero’; half-cured cod with almond crusts, sweet potato purée and lime; Burrata cheese cooked in a Josper oven with pink tomato gazpacho; and grilled tiger prawn with jalapeño butter and artisan’s rice.
There is also an enticing list of desserts, such as ‘Folhado Dom Rodrigo’ – a pastry variation of the Algarve’s famous Dom Rodrigo sweet – a pudding made with Serra do Caldeirão honey and Medronho firewater; and an artisan’s almond ‘torta’ (roll).
Clients can also choose from a “selection of wines and liqueurs” from the Algarve and all over Portugal.
The bistro’s decoration has also been turning heads. Ceilings and walls are decorated with 98 typical Algarve baskets (hence the eatery’s name), all made by craftspeople from the Loulé Criativo project.
Cestaria is located on Avenida 5 de Outubro, no.102, in Olhão and is open Friday to Wednesday from 7pm to midnight.