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Portugal Lunch

[Algarve] - Meia Praia (Lagos), September 15, 2012

A hidden gem: Restaurant Vivendo

‘Vivendo’, the gourmet restaurant at Vila Palmeira on the beach of Meia Praia, is the sort of hidden gem you would confidentially recommend only to your friends.

The Swiss owners Karin and Vincent Winiker are long-standing members of the Chaîne. Their restaurant under the supervision of Chef Christoph Voigt is without doubt one of the best in the Algarve.

On a lovely day, a Friday as it happens, some 32 members and their guests were treated on arrival to a peach punch served with an appetizer of prawn tempura. The lunch itself consisted of:

- Consommé of lime leaves with scallops and mushrooms

- Spice-coated tuna fish served with saffron foam

- Duck breast served pink on apple and shi-take mushrooms

- Iced raspberry tartlet with marinated wild berries
(photo left below)

This superb menu was accompanied by a white Dona Maria from the Alentejo and a red Vallado from the Douro region, both carefully chosen by Vice-Echanson Rod Frew to compliment the meal. Coffee, friandises and a Tawny Port ended the feast.

The service was faultless from beginning to end, as always. Another perfect success for Christoph Voigt and his brigade!

Michel Dressler, Bailli

Our next event in the Algarve will be a very special gastronomic lunch prepared by their French Chef Fabien Martinez at the Pine Cliffs Sheraton on October 13th, all proceeds going as usual to support our Évora Gastronomy School project for needy children.