Restaurant was rebuilt 30 metres north from previous location
Quinta do Lagoa’s famous beach restaurant Gigi has reopened after being demolished and rebuilt 30 metres north from its previous location.
The project was included in the Vilamoura-Vila Real de Santo António coastal plan (POOC) and will see the area where the restaurant was previously located returned to nature with the planting of several native species.
Despite the new location, the goal from the start was to keep the new Gigi as close to the original as possible.
In fact, that was one of the conditions imposed by Quinta do Lago owner Denis O’Brien in order to allow the relocation project to move forward.
Gigi owner Bernardo Reino told Expresso newspaper that he kept his promise to Mr O’Brien: “He asked me for everything to be the same next time he visited us.”
The restaurant has become popular over the years for its “traditional long lunches which only end when the last client has left”.
Among the novelties are a larger terrace, a bigger and better kitchen, toilets for people with reduced mobility, new shower rooms, solar panels for heated water, support area for lifeguards, and a first-aid station.
Another highlight is the new “chillout bar” inviting clients to enjoy “authentic moments of reconnection with nature, accompanied by the best cocktails to be sipped while taking in the view of the Atlantic Ocean and the best sunsets in the Algarve”.
The restaurant menu still features some of the best seafood the Algarve has to offer, from ‘conquilhas’ (one of the Algarve’s favourite types of shellfish) and clams to sea bass, crab, lobster and the freshest fish from the local coast. For meat lovers, there is also a large steak for two.