Experience the magic of Casa Velha, the number 2 restaurant on Algarve's top 200 list. Hidden in Quinta do Lago, this gem offers captivating shared dining with vegan and gluten-free options. Impeccable service and breathtaking views make it a must-visit!
If you're looking for a magical dining experience in the Algarve, Casa Velha is the place to be. Tucked away in Quinta do Lago, next to the Quinta do Lago Country Club, this beautiful old Quinta boasts a charming terrace adorned with ancient olive trees and enchanting evening lighting, creating an atmosphere straight out of a fairy tale. Perched high, the restaurant offers breathtaking views that add to the allure of this hidden gem.
Recently reopened with a captivating new concept, Casa Velha has transitioned from traditional 10-course fine dining to an exciting shared dining experience. The change has been led by the talented French Chef José Enzo Botelho, renowned for his previous work at the prestigious Conrad Hilton hotel in Almancil. Chef Botelho explains that the shift from fine dining to shared dining reflects the restaurant's commitment to staying current and appealing to a diverse range of guests. In line with Hilton Hotels' philosophy, Casa Velha now offers a special menu dedicated to vegan options, ensuring that every diner's dietary preferences are catered to, including gluten-free choices.
Casa Velha truly stands out as an exclusive venue with impeccable service, and its team, featuring individuals like Patricia and Alona, embodies the essence of hospitality. Set on the terrace during the summer months, the ambiance is simply wonderful. The wine selection complements the attentive service, further enhancing the dining experience. This place is a true discovery, and we were enchanted by the breathtaking view from the terrace.
The restaurant offers two distinct menus - one with a variety of fish and meat dishes and another with an array of delectable vegan options. With plenty of gluten-free choices available, Casa Velha ensures that there is something for everyone, regardless of dietary requirements.
The shared dining concept captured our hearts, and with so many tantalising options on the menu, we couldn't decide on just one dish. Therefore, we decided to order everything that caught our eye, resulting in an unforgettable culinary journey filled with delightful flavours.
Our evening at Casa Velha was truly unforgettable, made even more special by the exceptional team and the delectable food.
This experience felt even more liberating and joyous compared to traditional Michelin-starred restaurants.
Casa Velha has managed to strike the perfect balance, making it a place where you'd want to dine every week, unlike Michelin-starred establishments that often feel like a once-a-year treat. Choosing to embrace this new concept was undoubtedly a wise decision on their part.
In summary, Casa Velha is a haven for food enthusiasts seeking an excellent culinary experience amidst a charming setting.
Whether you're a vegan, a meat lover, or have any specific dietary requirements, Casa Velha has got you covered. We highly recommend visiting this hidden gem and enjoying the delightful shared dining experience.
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Rating: 9.7 Price: $$$ Vegan friendly: 5/5
Food 9.7 - Service 9.8 - Price/quality 9.6 - Atmosphere 9.7
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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