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Gastronomy

Thanks to the subtropical climate and volcanic soils, Madeira’s cuisine is based on fresh and varied local ingredients. Traditional dishes include “tuna steak with fried corn”, “sword steak”, “skewers”, “passion fruit pudding”, “limpets”, among others.

 

Fish

Tuna is generally cut into fillets, seasoned with salt, and marinated in a sauce with vinegar, olive oil, garlic, oregano, and pepper (Molho de Vilão).

Black Scabbard Fish is an elongated fish found at an average depth of 1,000 meters and is generally eaten in the form of a fillet, seasoned with garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper, then dipped in egg and flour, before being fried in olive oil.

 

Meat

One of the best known dishes is kebab (espetada): small cubes of beef, seasoned with salt, garlic and bay leaf, placed on a skewer (laurel or metal stick), and then roasted on a brazier.

Pork is also generally consumed in cube form, after being seasoned and marinated in garlic, vinegar, bay leaf, pepper and white wine. It is a typical dish of the Christmas season, usually known as “wine and garlic meat”.

Others

Tomato and onion soups are very popular in the winter, accompanied by a poached egg. In the summer, marine shellfish called “limpets” are also very popular and are served grilled with lemon and butter.

 

Side dishes generally include the “semilha” baked potato, the sweet potato, the fried corn and lettuce, tomato as well as onion salad. Bolo do caco is typical Madeira bread, and is usually served hot, in rectangles with garlic butter.

 

Passion fruit pudding is one of the most popular desserts, due to its sour and sweet flavours.

Where

Barreirinha Bar Café

Address:
Largo do Socorro, n.º 1 Funchal
Phone:
(+351) 291 627 418

Beerhouse

Address:
Pontão São Lázaro, Marina do Funchal, 9050-017
Phone:
(+351) 291 229 011

Bela Vista

Address:
Caminho do Avista Navios 4, 9000-129 Funchal
Phone:
(+351) 291 706 400

Casa das Espetadas

Address:
Estrada Monumental Nº 173 A Funchal
Phone:
(+351) 291 717 735

Casa Velha do Palheiro

Address:
Rua da Estalagem, 23, São Gonçalo, 9060-415 Funchal
Phone:
(+351) 291 790 350

Chalet Vicente

Address:
Estrada Monumental, n.º 238
Phone:
( + 351) 291 765 818

CR7 CORNER PIZZA, BURGER, BEER&WINE

Address:
Av. Sá Carneiro, 24/25 - Praça CR7 9000-017 Funchal
Phone:
(+351) 291 140 480

Culinarium

Address:
Azinhaga da Casa Branca 9004-543 Funchal
Phone:
(+351) 291 213 600