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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

Hotel Porto Santo

Address:
Estrada Regional 120 – Campo de Baixo, 9400-242 Porto Santo
Phone:
(+351) 291 980140

Il Basilico

Address:
Rua de Leichlingen 7, 9004-532 Funchal
Phone:
(+351) 291 708 708

Il Gallo D’Oro

Address:
Estrada Monumental, 147, 9004-532 Funchal
Phone:
(+351) 291 707 700

Il Massimo

Address:
Hotel Meliá Madeira Mare, Rua de Leichlingen nos 2 & 4, 9000-003 Funchal
Phone:
(+351) 291 724140

Inevitável

Address:
Vila Galé Santa Cruz, Rua São Fernando, 5, 9100-173 Santa Cruz
Phone:
(+351) 291 529 000

Koy Sushi

Address:
Estrada Monumental Nº 175/177 Funchal
Phone:
(+351) 291 717 600

Le Linx

Address:
Estrada Monumental, 274, 9000-100 Funchal
Phone:
(+351) 291 000 274

Lee Hamilton Steak House

Address:
Caminho Cais da Oliveira, 9125-028 Caniço
Phone:
(+351) 291 938 101