Portugal Gourmet Excursion
Bailliage of Algarve
Serra de Monchique, September 26, 2020
In search of local gastronomy
" We were in for a feast of local delicacies "

The Bailliage embarked on an expedition to the Monchique hills. We started at “Alecrim”, a lovely food-truck right on the top of Foia, the highest point of the Algarve. A glass (or two) of white Barranco Longo and a sampling of shellfish were enjoyed whilst taking in the breath-taking views.

We moved down from windswept Foia to the cosy restaurant “Jardim das Oliveiras”. Here the owner, Geraldino José, a former member of the Chaîne in Switzerland, warmed us up on arrival with a Kir Royal.

We were in for a feast of local delicacies for starters. Followed by sampling typical dishes from the Monchique mountains such as stuffed squid, braised wild boar, milk-fed lamb, and all sorts of charcoal-grilled meat. We finished the meal with a cheese from Seia, and a choice of delicious local puddings.

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Squid stuffed with prawn and rice
served on a tomato sauce with fines herbes

Braised wild boar “Jardim das Oliveiras” style

Milk fed lamb roast, dried prunes, Monchique potatoes

Selection of grilled meats from the Maître Rôtisseur

Cheese from Seia with dried fruits

Selection of house desserts

WINE

Quinta do Sobreiró de Cima

Douro red wine

Well replete, we visited the house of António Valério, a local small producer of the local firewater, the famous “Medronho”. António explained the process of elaboration of this alcohol distilled from the arbutus berry. He also produces delicious honey and pollen. We were treated to a tasting of the Medronho itself and “Melosa” a mixture of honey and Medronho which was favoured by the ladies.

Another great day out for the Chaîne, in search of local gastronomy!

Jean Ferran
Chargé de Missions
who continues to act as Bailli Provincial of South of Tagus