Tucked away on the first floor, this culinary haven offers an enchanting experience with a breathtaking view. From the terrace, guests can indulge in a panoramic spectacle encompassing the picturesque pool area and the majestic Dom Pedro Victoria golf course.
In the distance, the alluring Tivoli Marina Vilamoura Resort hotel and the elegant Pine Cliffs hotel add to the captivating vista.
Upon entering, a spacious lounge awaits for aperitifs, although it may lack the cozy ambiance found elsewhere. However, the real allure lies outside on the terrace, where guests can bask in the magnificent view accompanied by soothing melodies.
The attentive staff warmly greets visitors, inquiring about their preference for indoor or outdoor seating. Weather permitting, choosing the outdoor option is highly recommended, as it offers an unparalleled experience, even though the interior exudes an air of luxury akin to an exclusive club. Yet, the view is irreplaceable.
While the menu may disappoint vegan diners initially, a simple inquiry reveals a delightful surprise—a specially curated menu tailored to their needs. Chef Fabio Terada skillfully crafts an array of delectable Asian flavours, drawing inspiration from China, Japan, India, and Thailand.
It is worth noting that Sensai restaurant caters to discerning tastes and may not be considered a budget-friendly option.
Main course prices range from 22 to 105 euros, accompanied by an extensive selection of fine wines.
To commence the dining experience, a delightful white wine named "Secret (hot) spot" sets the tone perfectly—selected purely for its fitting name.
Subsequently, an array of mouthwatering starters arrives, including Miso with tofu, crepe with rice leaf, and Wakame, pleasing the palate with their irresistible flavours.
After a considerable wait, the main courses finally grace the table—Phad Thai, green curry, and ramen—all exquisitely prepared and bursting with authentic taste.
Regrettably, a minor misstep mars the otherwise exceptional service—four side dishes are delayed, arriving a half-hour after the main course is completed. Such a lapse is disheartening in a high-end establishment.
Nevertheless, despite this minor setback, Sensai restaurant provides a superb dining experience, leaving guests eager to return to the enchanting terrace. It comes highly recommended for those seeking a memorable culinary adventure.
Pro tip: Complimentary parking is available in the car park beneath the Antara hotel, originally a Thai hotel chain, ensuring a hassle-free arrival.
Look for more information and the menu: https://www.hotspotsalgarve.com/restaurants/sensai-asian-finedining/
Rating: Food 8.5 Service 8.5 Price/Quality 8.5 Atmosphere 9.0
TTL rating 8.6 Vegan friendly: 5/5
Meet Peter Cruiming, an Algarve-based food blogger. Residing in Almancil with wife Marlot Anna, a professional photographer, and their 7-year-old son, Elyas. Explore daily Algarve dining stories at www.HotspotsAlgarve.com, focused on Peter's passion for healthy and vegetarian food. Photo by www.MarlotAnna.com.
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