Serving high-quality meat and seafood, the Sunset Restaurant and Bar is the newest hotspot in Lagos Marina.
When success is combined with willpower, things unfold in ways that result in more success. That is why Jorge Neves, with an unstoppable will for doing business and adding value to the local community, accepted the invitation to take charge of the Lagos Marina restaurant now known as the Sunset Restaurant & Bar.
After one year of significant growth, with the Pearl Food trailer bringing a special dynamic to the marina that caught everyone’s attention and met the needs of a community eager for social interactions, Martinho Fortunato (CEO of Marlagos) invited the young entrepreneur to manage the restaurant attached to the Marina Club resort.
The perfect setting to enjoy the most breathtaking sunsets of Lagos, the Sunset Restaurant & Bar had its grand opening in April, as a Steakhouse & Seafood restaurant and Cocktail Bar. Local seafood, premium meat, national wines, live music shows, and a vibrant atmosphere are what people can expect from a visit to this new space, right next to the Iwashi sushi restaurant.
Former colleagues of a management course in Faro and sharing an entrepreneurial spirit plus the common desire for owning a business that could bring value to the community, Jorge Neves, João Fernandes, and Kelly Salgado, together with the great support and input from the bar manager Regiane Perez, made this new Lagos sensation possible. “Harnessing the success of the Pearl Food trailer and complementing it with my experience running my restaurant Maresia, in Fuzeta (Faro), the idea was to keep on bringing the freshest sea products to our customers’ table but also to have the best meat quality possible, which is a gap in the market,” said João Fernandes.
After honing the concept and finding the best suppliers and meat importers, the managers, together with the back-of-house team, designed a menu that could combine authenticity, simplicity, and uniqueness. “It’s an authentic menu thanks to a selection of the freshest and most local products. But it’s also simple because of the combinations and the mise en place, yet unique in the sense that some of the flavours achieved through the conception are exclusive,” they share.
The menu highlights are the dry-aged fillet mignon and the T-bone, two unique cuts of meat hardly found in the area and providing a combination of both flavour and texture. “All the meat is Black Angus coming from South America, namely Argentina and Uruguay, and we only work with high-quality certified producers, which is why people are going to be relating premium meat to our restaurant,” the partners explain.
The oysters are as much of a feature as they were in the Pearl Food trailer, this time with an additional touch: a ginger and green apple sauce that pairs very well with the naturally salty taste. Dishes like mussels “à Bulhão Pato”, tuna tataki, taco prawns, bone marrow and a vegetarian Buddha bowl with a mouth-watering satay sauce are all included on the menu. “What we aimed for since the beginning was to have a venue where people could sit and relax in a calmer area of Lagos, break the daily routine, attend a live music event, try a different cocktail, savour a premium cut of meat with freshly cut chips or the best seafood from Ria Formosa,” says Jorge Neves. “Our primary concern is quality and flavour over quantity, and an experience where good food is complemented with live music shows and with a friendly atmosphere, rather than just being another ordinary restaurant. We value the products of our region as much as we value the people who we work with and we have an opportunity in hands which is lending a new dynamic to this area of the marina that is still new to many.”
With an operation marked by the cross-selling with the Marina Club resort, the Sunset Restaurant & Bar is open from 7am to serve breakfast to all the hotel guests or visitors walking in and continues throughout the day with a lunch menu, a bit more reduced but with some of the most delicious options included. Finally, the awaited moment arrives, when the sun starts descending behind the masts of the sailing boats, and the smell of authentic meat and fresh seafood starts wafting through the air.
The venue is spacious and beautifully furnished, with a friendly vibe supported by a young and dynamic multilingual team. For the outdoor areas, guests can choose between the terrace facing the harbour or the deck linked to the swimming pool and back of the Marina Club Lagos Resort, more secluded and embraced by tall trees.
The partners recommend starting with ginger and pineapple Mojito, a Caipifruit, a Tequilla Colada or a Martini Fierro Spritz, to then transition to the main meal accompanied by one of the small-production wines available, from the Algarve and Alentejo to the Douro and Bairrada regions. The cherry on top of the cake is the selection of three desserts, such as a crunchy apple crumble with vanilla ice cream.
There is an act (solo or duo) performing every week, normally on the weekends, which allows a gastronomic experience to be combined with the musical notes of the guitar or saxophone. Very suitable for events and community building, the Sunset Restaurant & Bar is the perfect place for anyone, from local families and couples to ex-pats, digital nomads and new-age backpackers looking for the most ‘Instagramable’ cocktail with the best view.
By Margarida Pimenta