No Portugal holiday is complete without sampling the local flavours. Montechoro is a busy suburb of Albufeira with a long strip of restaurants serving Portuguese stews and seafood plus plenty of international options. The choice of restaurants is vast, so instead of wandering the length of the road, read on to find out about the best restaurants in Montechoro.
A vine-covered terrace sets the scene for this top notch pizza restaurant, which also serves pasta and a range of sides such as garlic bread, potato skins and salads. The service is quick and they'll happily whip you up a gluten-free base on request. Pizzas can be taken away if you'd prefer to eat on the go or back at your hotel.
O Lusitano is a charming restaurant with a modern twist of red seats and glass exterior. Even the simplest of dishes – such as ham and melon – are served elegantly, while vertical pork and vegetable skewers make a dramatic eating option. Other dishes range from seabass to steak, and whole squid to king prawn curry.
Offering very good value for money, Os Compadres serves Portuguese and international food including a three course dinner with wine for €8.95. Meals are topped off by excellent desserts such as chocolate mousse and almond tart. Either sit on the large outdoor patio overlooking nearby white-washed buildings or inside, with the benefit of air conditioning.
Run by a hard-working husband and wife team, Il Cappuccino is more than a simple cafe, although it does do excellent coffee and tempting cakes. It has a wide lunch menu, including a much-touted beef stew, with everything on it just €8 or less. You can also get light bites such as soup, salad or sardine pate on toast.
Providing simple excellence, what Jardim Rustico does best is Portuguese food, with a particular slant towards seafood. Mustard coloured walls, chequered tablecloths and terracotta bowls provide a rustic look that fits the food. There's also an outside terrace and you can be serenaded by a local guitarist some nights.
Although the slightly shabby exterior may not entice you in, the smell of the cooking certainly will. Curry Club has an extensive menu of delicious Indian and Balti food. In a quiet area, just off the northern end of the Montechoro strip, this is a nice place for a family meal. They'll cook your curry to whatever heat level you prefer and also do a take away.
This fine dining restaurant manages to balance top food with a relaxed atmosphere so is great for both romantic meals or dining with friends and family. Everything is beautifully presented, from the outdoor terrace to the cosy interior and that's even before the food. Expect towers of meat, rich sauces and drizzles of dressing.
Shiroi is a classy Japanese and sushi restaurant with a wow factor black and white look. Enjoy stunning displays of dinner on black slates in an uber-modern interior. Cited by many as the best sushi restaurant in the Algarve – and there are a few – it's also reasonably priced. Even sushi beginners will find something to their liking on the wide menu.
This attractive restaurant is at the top end of the strip but is nonetheless usually busy with people keen to try their excellent dishes including seafood spaghetti and fish stew. There's a varied menu of pizza, pasta, salad, fish and meats, such as steak with curry sauce and fois gras. Prices are a little higher than other restaurants but the quality is exceptional.
Relaxed and low cost dining can be found at Lima, a great place for a family meal if you're on a budget. As an example you can get half a chicken for €6.50 and the tasty house wine is €5. If you don't mind plastic chairs and no frills decor, it's worth a try for the great kebabs, steak and piri piri chicken.