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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

Ondamar Gastropub

Address:
Rua Francisco Santana - Caniço-de-baixo
Phone:
(+351) 291 930 930

Paladar

Address:
Rua Estados Unidos da América, 32 9000 – 090 Funchal
Phone:
(+351) 291 766 110

Pizzaria Galosol

Address:
Rua Baden Powel - Caniço-de-Baixo
Phone:
(+351) 291 930 931

Pizzaria Luigi

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

Pool Terrace Restaurant

Address:
Belmond Reid's Palace Estrada Monumental 139 9000-098 Funchal
Phone:
(+351) 291 71 71 71

Quinta do Furão

Address:
Estrada da Quinta do Furão, 6 – 9230-082 Santana
Phone:
(+351) 291 570 100

Restaurante do Forte

Address:
Rua Portão São Tiago, Fortaleza S. Tiago Funchal 9050 - 031
Phone:
(+351) 91 95 813 26

RESTAURANTE RISO – RISOTTORIA DEL MUNDO

Address:
Rua de Santa Maria, 274, Funchal 9050-040, Funchal
Phone:
(+351) 291 280 360