PLEASURES OF THE TABLE
 
 
Banana : The fruit of Madeira
 
Here in Madeira there is no shortage of restaurants.  If you seek an international or gastronomical kitchen go to the hotel zone and to the marina of Funchal.  If you prefer the local kitchen (yum-yum) go to the old town and visit the "Jango" restaurant.  The prices are very reasonable there for tasty food and lots of it
 
Apart from Funchal, the choice is limited to one or two restaurants per village, but these establishments are often of better quality.  Do not leave without visiting  "Santo António" or "As Vides" in "Estreito de Câmaras de Lobos" about 20 minutes from Funchal by car.
 
Mealtimes:
Lunch between midday and 15h. Dinner between 19h and 22h.
 
The menu:
 The kitchen is mainly Portuguese.  However the island has its own specialities.   
 
The aperitif:
Obviously the famous Madeira wine (18°).  Be careful. Very frequently  you will be served a plate of cheese and cold meat before beginning the meal. It is worth pointing out that these items are not free and a charge will appear on the bill.
 
Bread: 
We recommend  the famous and delicious "bolo do caco", garlic toasted bread

 

Starters:
Local soup with tomato, onion and poached egg (our special preference)
Caldo verde: Portuguese soup with curly kale and pieces of chorizo
Açorda, garlic soup and bread
 
Fish and Seafood:
Caramujos (winkles) delicious
Lapas grelhadas (roasted limpets).
The espadarte fumado (smoked swordfish).
The espada: Speciality not to miss.  Scabbard fish generally served with a banana. 
The bacalhau (or Cod) can be cooked  in 365 different ways.  For each day of the year. 
The octopus and the squids (lulas) can be been cooked cold in salad, and hot, either fried or in ragoût
 
Do not miss!!!  The caldeirada of fish (fish, potatoes, tomatos and onions) and the cataplane (clams, sausages, ham, onion, parsley, garlic, paprika and white wine).
 
Meats:
The espetada is “A MUST”. Very tender meat traditionally threaded on a branch of bay-tree and suspended on the table with bars of iron.
Chicken is also ever present :  simple, roasted, or with a curry sauce.
 
Accompaniments:
The dishes are accompanied by salad, rice, potatoes, vegetables, fried and polenta (fried cornstarch).
 
Desserts:
Tropical fresh fruit salad (papaya, pineapple, mango), or custard pudding with the "maracuja" (passion fruit).
 
Wine: 
There is one local wine: the  Rosé Atlantis.  If not choose between the green wines (vinho verde), red wines (tinto) or white wines (branco).  The "Dão" and the "Monte vermelho " red or white, are two good choices. We adore the "Mateus" rosé wine semi-sparkling in bottles in the shape of bottles of Armagnac. Take care, it's quite potent! 
 

 

SO WE WISH YOU A BON APPETIT AND FORGET YOUR WEIGHT UNTIL YOU GET HOME !!!

 
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