The Journey”, a French restaurant and wine bar was opened by a French family who came to the Algarve to offer something new to Faro's food lovers. One of the owners, Richard Vessot, is already known to us as the Sales Manager of Quinta de Faro development.

Richard Vessot told The Portugal News that the name "The Journey” is about travelling, and meeting different cultures and people; actually, life really is a journey!

A journey that took Richard and his family, Elisa, his niece, Benjamin, her boyfriend and Alexandre, his son in the Algarve.

“We decided to come to Faro because we wanted to create our own restaurant and wine bar; we thought Faro was the right place to do it. So it is a great and exciting challenge”, said Elisa, one of the owners.

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Fine French cuisine

Fine French cuisine is the concept of our restaurant, influenced by the regions where we were born; Burgundy with its traditional cuisine for some and Pays Basque with its Ocean tastes.

It seems to be working very well when you have a look at these amazing and positive reviews on Google and Tripadvisor.

In fact, I've been impressed by the number of reviews they've had in such a short space of time. In two months they've managed to get over 60 online reviews. Customers really praise the quality of the food and the friendly service.

That's why we decided to give it a try. We came for lunch on a Wednesday and were served the dish of the day for a very affordable price, which included a starter, a main course and a dessert - all French style! However, customers can also choose whatever they like from the menu and suggestions if they don't like the dish of the day.

In our case, we loved it! First of all, the starter was nothing short of five stars. We started with the Mushrooms Clafoutis, which was very good and well prepared. The clafoutis came with a lettuce salad, which went very well with the clafoutis. For me, it was the best ever!

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Then came the main course. It was pork loin Burgundy with homemade mashed potatoes. The dish was carefully prepared with the meat just perfectly cooked. To prevent it from becoming dry, the meat came with a wine jus sauce; it was matching amazingly with the mashed potatoes.

Chef Benjamin Genevois, Elisa’s boyfriend, studied cuisine in France, in Mercurey (Burgundy) where he obtained his diploma in this famous school “Jean La Meuloise”. He then worked in Michelin-starred restaurants where he perfected his technique and knowledge of cooking with fresh ingredients.

Although they don't want to be seen as a fine dining restaurant, they want their customers to know that everything that comes out of that kitchen is of the highest quality. “All the dishes are fresh and homemade”, Richard said.

To end the meal, we had the Crème Brulée, a very typical French dessert made with cream, eggs and sugar. For me, it was superb!

To drink we can choose between Portuguese and French wines, which is also a very good experience to have if you fancy French wines.

They will be able to advise you to pair the wine with your dish with passion.

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Cosy terrace

In addition, the restaurant is located on a very quiet street. You don't even feel like you're in Faro downtown. So we were able to enjoy our meal in a very quiet place, even though we decided to eat on the cosy terrace with greens because it was a bright day.

The inside decor is also very stylish and everything has been thought of in detail by the staff. The bathrooms were also very clean, which is always a good sign of the hygiene of the place. For us, it was a great experience that we will repeat anytime soon!

The restaurant is open from 10:00 to 15:00 and from 18:00 to 23:00, except on Sundays and Mondays evenings.

To make reservations please call + 351 964 298 267.

They are also on WhatsApp.

You can follow “The Journey Faro” on social media...

Instagram: thejourneyfaro

Facebook: The Journey Faro

Website coming soon…


Paula Martins is a fully qualified journalist, who finds writing a means of self-expression. She studied Journalism and Communication at University of Coimbra and recently Law in the Algarve. Press card: 8252

Paula Martins