- Main course: 15€
- Food spend: 30€
In the Algarve resort of Carvoeiro, A Vela Restaurante is bound to surprise, with its modest entrance concealing a spacious interior and an excellent variety of dishes all beautifully presented. Just a two-minute walk from the centre, A Vela combines international dishes with traditional cuisine from the Alentejo region for an unforgettable dinner. The menu also features some dishes that are original creations of owner and chef Paulo, including the divine Chicken Breast served in a fine pastry with banana cream and curry sauce, or the Duck Breast with mango sauce. Specialities range from Black Pork served with vegetables and a choice of cheesy potatoes or chips, to the Suckling Pig roasted in a wood oven, which is only served on Wednesday and Friday. Steaks are served with Gorgonzola or Roquefort Sauce, and the homemade desserts include the delicious Orange Tiramisu. Sit outside and make the most of the gorgeous Algarve weather or enjoy the fine interior with seating upstairs or downstairs. The restaurant has a very high vault ceiling, with the upper level overlooking the main floor of the restaurant and the high walls decorated with original artwork. The first class service at A Vela is advocated by owners Paulo and Antónia. Friendly and welcoming, they are also multilingual - speaking English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Swiss! Having lived and worked in various parts of the world, they bring a cosmopolitan and professional flavour to the restaurant that mixes perfectly with the warm Portuguese hospitality. A Vela caters very well for groups, with special menus created on request to tailor to your needs and budget, and daily specials are always available.
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