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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

Mamma Mia by Giovanni

Address:
Estrada Monumental Nº 175 D e 175 E Funchal
Phone:
(+351) 291 717 758

MED

Address:
Rua Simplício dos Passos Gouveia 21, 9004-565 Funchal
Phone:
(+351) 291 703 700

MERCEARIA DONA MÉCIA

Address:
Rua dos Aranhas, n. 26
Phone:
(+351) 291 221 559

Miramar

Address:
Pestana Miramar, Estrada Monumental, 182-184,9000-098 Funchal
Phone:
(+351) 291 706 100

MUSEU CAFÉ

Address:
Praça Do Município, Funchal
Phone:
(+351) 291 620 510

O Engenho

Address:
Rua do Bom Jesus nº 22 – Santa Cruz
Phone:
(+351) 291 520 000

O LAGAR

Address:
Estrada João Gonçalves Zarco, n.º 478, 9300-167 Câmara de Lobos
Phone:
+ 351 291 941 866

Onda Azul

Address:
Rua D. Manuel I 9370-133 Calheta
Phone:
(+351) 291 820 300