Some species are found throughout the area whilst others flourish in the sandy shores of the island in the East or the rugged bays, with their stronger tidal currents, towards the West. In order to get a better understanding of the habitat and collection of these creatures a mini cruise departing from Porto da Baleeira with Marilimitada was undertaken before the lunch was to be enjoyed. The calm sea on the morning of 17 September 2021 gave ample opportunity to enjoy the coast as well as the refreshment (Murganheira Super Reserva Brut) and nibbles provided. After disembarking the group proceeded to Restaurant Zavial in the beautiful Zavial Bay close to Vila do Bispo for lunch.
The menu was a reflection of the catch and collection of the day and commenced with dishes of goose barnacles. These were followed by oysters, mussels, clams and, to everyone’s delight, sea urchins and bruxas which are also known as shovel headed lobster. These delights were accompanied by a vinho verde Azal-Belima and crusty bread to keep the unique tastes separate.
Sea crackling (fried Moray eel lightly battered) served with tartar sauce and octopus salad made up the following course and which was served with Arinto–Paxà white wine. A magnificent traditional Cataplana of fish and shrimps was the final fish dish on the menu of this feast and was served with white wine Reserva Conde d’Ervideira. The meal ended with traditional Portuguese deserts of carob tart and almond cake served with coffee and medronho.
Dr. Jean Ferran, Bailli Provincial Sul do Tejo thanked Ernesto and his staff on behalf of the members of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, Bailliage de l’Algarve and their guests for the delightful and relaxing time they had enjoyed at the restaurant with the beautiful view of the sparkling waters of Zavial bay.
Valerie Lantau V. Chargée de Press, Bailliage de l’Algarve
Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs