We visited this great little tavern for a poncha and ended up popping in for a drink every night of our holiday. It is run by a friendly team who made us feel very welcome and even split a milk shake for our children. Nothing is too much trouble. Definitely a bar that is not to be overlooked. Best fresh made poncha we tried.
Went for dessert after dinner out in town. Really impressed with the place. The churros wow crunchy outside and delicious soft interior and beautiful as they are made onsite for each order. Do try dipping them into the special hot chocolate too. We visited 3x during a seven day holiday. Great prices too 3.50 euro for a churro with ice cream or 1.80 for churro with a dipping sauce. We went as a family and had 2 mini bottles of wine, hot chocolate , 2x churros and ice cream and 1x churros with dipping sauce and it came to just 24 euors Superb The staff are helpful and friendly and fun. & Also they play great tunes which I found myself singing along to also!!
Visited this restaurant for our 33rd wedding anniversary and my wife’s birthday on the 17th Feb 2023. The restaurant was recommended by our hotel as somewhere special for our event. The waitress (and I believe owner) Rita was very polite and friendly. I had the beef medallions and my wife had the marinated chicken strips both of which were delicious. I informed Rita at the start of the evening that it was my wife’s birthday and she surprised my wife at the end of our meal by having a candle in her dessert. After I paid the bill we were served a complimentary glass of Madeira wine each which was lovely. The meal was inexpensive and drinks were cheap with a glass of wine only 2.50euros for a large glass. The restaurant and facilities were very clean and well maintained to a high standard.
This cute restaurant was our first stop when we first got into Madeira. Our host Dora was the sweetest and went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable. This included introducing us to basic Portuguese and even providing us with blankets as it was a bit chilly. The view is amazing from the outdoor seating and the food was a great introduction to the Portuguese cuisine. Definitely order the garlic bread and get some Poncha (best we had in our 5 day stay). We order way more food than we could eat and the total bill came to be $14/person ($28 total) which felt more than worth it. Will definitely revisit if we are ever back in Madeira. Thank you Dora!!!
We visited after seeing TA Reviews and seeing the Very Fresh fish being prepared in the adjoining fish market. Do go see this if you are at the main market We booked a table inside and were welcomed by a lovely young lady who spoke brilliant English having worked in the UK. She looked after us very well. The restaurant isn’t very big but they are trying very hard We were shown the fresh fish choices of the day We chose the Half Red Snapper ,which was €42, we accompanied this with a portion of French fries & fresh green vegetable which we had extra cabbage on too . The bread was amazing We also had a lovely bottle of white alvorino wine This was one of the best meals we had in Funchal. They are a little understaffed if busy but we don’t mind that. Go if you like fresh fish
We stayed in Estrada monumental and visited the restaurant. We ordered from the dinner menu ,it was brilliant value for money the food was lovely great portions, my favorite was the fresh chicken Tikka on the sizzling skillet. The staff were attentive ,polite and always go out of their way to make you feel at home. There's always people eating here and now I know why. The restaurant and toilet facilities are very clean We enjoyed the food and atmosphere so much that we returned a few days later. Definitely recommend.
After reading the reviews I really wanted to try this restaurant. I tried to book the week before we arrived but bookings had closed and they were only accepting walk ins for the whole week, both lunch and dinner. We decided to try at lunch time and got there around 2pm. The inside and outside tables were all occupied but the waiter said we could wait and there would probably be a table in 10 minutes (last orders are 2.30pm). We were seated at a table inside (only 5 tables) opposite the kitchen, which was nice as you could see them preparing the food. We were given the lunch a la crate menu as well as the set lunch menu (on Facebook each Monday) to choose from. Louis was our waiter who was very knowledgeable and explained the menu”s very well. We both decided on the fixed menu which was 15€ each which included three courses, water and coffee. The starter was sweet potato bread with beetroot hummus and tapenade. For the main course there was a choice of meta, fish or vegetarian. We decided to have the vegetarian Wellington and the sea bass with pepper and carrot risotto and sautéed vegetables..both were delicious. Dessert was pineapple cake followed by an espresso coffee and a decaf coffee. The wine list was quite extensive and varied so we also ordered a bottle of wine which was reasonably priced (23€ mid priced). It would have been nice to go there again but we were unable to fit it in. We would like to thank all the staff for a TrueType memorable lunch.
This was the best serving of steak I have had since 1976 in Mobile, Alabama, USA. The dining reminded me of my time frequenting steak houses during my time in the Southern States of the USA, where steak is taken very seriously indeed. My wife's was the sirloin and mine was the T-bone. They were prepared and cooked to perfection and to order. Those who may complain about the cost have to realise that the thickness and size of the steak are bigger that those experienced in the UK. The waiters (and the chef) were attentive, good humoured and respectful. The environment was unassuming, simple, clean, well appointed and all the cooking was in view, together with the smell of steak cooking. It is a must for carnivores on holiday. You won't forget it I assure you.
Well was the second time and counting From beginning, the the space: very cozy and calm. The staff/people: lovely and made me feel very welcome, also Hugo explained the details of each type of dish. The food: first time I tried Bodião, was so good and the second octopus also… amazing. I want to go back to try others. The price: in average like others in the same area. Price worth for the special experience of the chef and for the ALL local/regional ingredients
We stumbled across MadMarket through the excellent reviews here. My wife and I booked for a late lunch and thoroughly enjoyed our meal - Spicy squid, grilled beef tenderloin, local craft beer, a large glass of white wine, two desserts, tea and coffee....all for just over €40. We booked to return in a couple of days time!
Called New Year’s Day for evening meal and the whole dining experience was wonderful!! We hadn’t booked but were warmly welcomed and seated immediately. A good extensive menu from which we both opted for the “ come together “ scabbard fish absolutely excellent!! Service is attentive and friendly the atmosphere is superb of which an additional bonus was the live entertainment ( singer and keyboard accompaniment) Very reasonable for excellent quality fare, including the cheeseboard that once again was superb! We were both wished happy new year by all the staff and presented with complimentary drinks whilst awaiting the bill. Before leaving we booked for the following Saturday night! Say no more
We have eaten here several times with family and friends. Each time we have received excellent service from the staff.The food here is piping-hot,authentic,fresh and extremely tasty.This restaurant is fantastic value for money and dare I say “probably the best Indian food we’ve ever had.”The experience was so enjoyable that we ate here several times during our stay. Definitely worth a visit.
Food was exremely good, we had the pulled porc and the beef stew. They serve this with rice, black beans and homemade chips. Both were really amazing. Normally i am not a fan of black beans but these one was fantastic. The price was really fair and you can easily order some extra rice or beans for a good price. Also, you probably will get your food within 5-10 minutes. Also the cocktails are from another level. The caipirinha and the mojito maracujo were fantastic and really really cheap. I would recommend this place to everyone and i will come back for sure. Actually we ate here 2 days in a row because it was so fantastic. The staff is really friendly and make you feel at home very easily. The waiters know everything about the cocktails and food aswel.
A superb restaurant that showcases some great dishes from Mozambique with friendly service and a great atmosphere. From the fried cassava to peanut curries, chicken samosas to the 2M beer from Maputo, this is a place we visited twice during a recent trip to Madeira. The owner and staff are always attentive and the prices are very reasonable. If you're after something interesting and nourishing to eat then get yourself over to Hoyo Hoyo.
We visited Dona Nina on the recommendation of a friend at our hotel. We had visited that hotel for 19 successive years (well, almost, bearing in mind Covid restrictions) but had not previously enjoyed a meal at the Dona Nina restaurant. We were warmly welcomed with a menu that was varied, well within our budget and capable of satisfying any kind of appetite. For our visiting family with vegetarian principles Dona Nina was happy to provide acceptable alternatives to fish and meat. The staff were friendly and helpful - not always a feature of a restaurant in any country - and we were pleased to enjoy an evening meal there on more than one occasion during our two weeks' holiday. The table was beautifully prepared, the food tastefully presented, and the evening was made hugely enjoyable in a setting that was spotlessly clean and comfortable. We are pleased to recommend Dona Nina to fellow travellers.
This is a great spot for lunch for anyone doing the Levada dos Tornos walk. The tea house has a lovely sheltered terrace looking out onto a charming garden. There is an extensive tea menu, and a great choice of hot and cold lunch options - all homemade, delicious, and prepared with care and attention to detail. Portion sizes are generous - making it great value and ideal for hungry walkers! You must leave room for Nick's excellent homemade cakes and scones: we had the coffee and lemon drizzle cakes, which were heavenly and much-needed fuel for the rest of our walk!
Great place to eat…ended up eating there 3 times on my trip. My host recommended I’d go as him and his family go often. Great mix of tourists and locals. The staff were very accommodating, the food was incredibly tasty and unbelievably cheap!
We called this evening whilst having an evening stroll around this area and were lucky enough to secure the last available table ( however we have already booked to return next week) The restaurant has a very friendly atmosphere and the staff are efficient and attentive. The seafood menu is extensive and also offers daily specials! I opted for the Madeira style octopus grilled accompanied by local produce vegetables and boiled potatoes and everything was cooked to perfection the meal was delicious. Although my wife was not so hungry she thoroughly enjoyed her shrimp risotto that was laden with shrimps. I also had the homemade apple pie that once again was excellent. A superb dining experience along with a couple of beers for under 50 euros with excellent quality food and service throughout to make a very memorable dining experience.
This restaurant is like a breath of fresh air, with a clean and stylish decor, impeccable cleanliness and excellent local dishes. Service was very attentive, prices reasonable for freshly prepared food of the highest quality. We were unexpectedly offered amuse-bouche, and the portion sizes were very generous.
From the moment we walked in it was an experience to savour. The bar was empty but when we asked if we could have a table the boss 'Michael' asked why we hadn't booked and pointed at the board that said 'by reservation only'. Luckily he said he had one spare table. We then asked to see the menu at which he politely shook his head. I asked about pork and mt wife fancied fish. He brought out a tray of freshly cut pork and beef cuts of meat and I selected the one I wanted. He repeated this with the fish and my wife chose a fish that later he explained was Dory. He then brought 2 plates with flowers on, a couple of grapes and some sort of spice. After deliberating we decided to eat the flowers. Michael later confirmed we were supposed to eat the flowers To cut a long story short we then had a delicious platter sharing our pork and Dory with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. After completing this Michael insisted we had pudding. Again it came with a wide variety of puddings and some fruitscwevhad never had before everything was delicious.At this stage we had no idea how much the bill would be but after adding 3 large glasses of wine and a Pancho we guessed between 120 and 150 euros. We couldn't believe it when he gave us the final bill and apologised for it being 65 euros. We queried that this wasn't enough but he was adamant it was We gave him a 30 euro tip but only wish we had gone there earlier on our triple. We can't recommend it enough. Wonderful food great host and an experience to remember.
Another recommendation and again top restaurant. We visited for my wife's 60th birthday, we were shown to our table with a happy birthday sign, nice touch. We opted for the €50 per person menu which was excellent value, 5 courses, wine and sparkling wine included and a taxi home. No complaints at all fabulous food, great friendly service superb evening. Highly recommended
We normally prefer simple local restaurants as cheffy ones can be a bit pretentious with style over substance. But... this was a delight. Really unusual dishes which tasted gorgeous, good service, and really I'd say good value for money considering what you get. We had the €45 menu which was an aperitif, bread and dips, an amuse bouche, and choice of any starter, main and dessert plus tea or coffee. A real surprise and so unlike any other restaurants we've visited here. Definitely strongly recommend if you want a treat that's a little different.
We had several excellent meals whilst in Madeira this time; but our second visit here was probably the very best of them. The restaurant is not in a promising location, squeezed into a narrow, dark back-street, opposite the building works of a new hotel. But you dont come here for the view; but the top-notch food. In our first visit we sat at the chef's table and really enjoyed chatting and observing the informative cooking team in action. The menu is primarily about small and middle tapas plates, which you can "pic n mix" and share as you wish. These are excellent, in particular the carpaccio Grouper fish; and the salt cod tacos. Such dishes lend themselves well to eating at the bar. However Akua does offer conventional main courses too and we were determined to try one we had observed on our first visit. I refer to their Fish and Rice "Carabiniero" for 2 people dish. Which includes 2 giant prawns. The waiter kindly showed us that it was best to squeeze every piece possible from the shell head into the pot of seafood flavoured rice below. Wow! the rice was sensational, a flavour we won't quickly forget. Service is very friendly and very attentive, the staff/diner ratio is very high, especially for a relatively small restaurant. Despite the calm casual atmosphere of this place, it ends up being quite a special "event" meal; due to the quality. For 2 people with beers and a bottle of wine, expect approaching €100 for mixed tapas, over €100 for the special main. The menu here is 95% fish; 5% meat. The chef/patron has another larger restaurant KAMPO where the ratio is reversed. (we found that one, too busy/trendy). If you like seafood, with a twist from the usual grilled or fried this and that; and using imaginative cooking with excellent ingredients, this is the place! Superb.
We went last night to dine and it was just perfect. The location has a beautiful view of the ocean and the sunset was AMAZING!!! The staff is just wonderful and friendly, the owners are very professional and nice. The prices and taste of the food is hard to beat with three appetizers and main meals with before a AMAZING MOJITO( made from the young waitress,she was so enjoyable to watch her work and singing and humming,she enjoys her job) and great beer for three people for 100€,with the quality and portions you can’t go wrong coming here. We didn’t order the flamed pepper steak(will do on Saturday 😉😉) but the waiter made it in front of the table and was a cool show,he was also great and even let me try the sauce after he was done ( nice way to get people to try something else and to come back) . I won’t recommend anything,you gotta go there and experience the location,then you will understand because it had ,my opinion,for everyone something to enjoy.
My partner and I came to Kampo on the final evening of our stay in Funchal. The staff took us to the second floor of the restaurant with a wonderful atmosphere; a long bar surrounds the chefs and allows guests to view preparation, while cosy lighting and soft music gives the room a nicely personal feel. Our server Falda (apologies if I’ve got the spelling incorrect!) was kind and attentive, helping us choose a superb local wine and helpfully explaining each dish as it came. We chose the sharing set menu, which consisted of 6 courses - bread with chorizo powdered butter and divinely marinated olives; wonderfully delicate tuna tartare in cornets; melt-in-mouth sardines complemented with aubergine and passionfruit; a beautifully rich oxtail ravioli in a delicious gravy; perfectly cooked confit duck leg accompanied with equally perfect duck rice and finally a zingy passionfruit and white chocolate desert that ended the meal on a brilliant note. Each course was a highlight in its own manner! For 45€ pp this menu is extremely fair value given the quality of the food. This experience made for a fantastic finish to our time in Madeira and we will make sure to visit again when we return!
We tried many different ponchas :-) but this place was brilliant with a very extensive selection of poncha to try. I had the passionfruit one with was amazing, and my husband tried the traditional lemon one, also delicious. We had to wait a short while for a table but service was slick, tables were always being cleaned, the waiter was incredibly aware who was waiting to order, and prices were really good. Well worth a visit.
The portions are huge. Be careful. My wife and I both ordered the tuna and a side portion of chips (French fries for the non Anglophiles!) Amazingly tasty but an order between two would have been more than enough. Chips and a portion of two huge tuna fillets arrived we we split this thinking nothing of it. Then a minute later the waitress brought out the other plate of tuna! Irrespective of how good it was we couldn’t finish them. If you’re really hungry then give it a go but if not share one you can always have dessert!
We have visited this area now for over 30 years but have we have never eaten here - what an oversight! We had two meals here over ten days in August 2022 and found the food to be excellent, the Steak on the Stone was cheaper and much better quality than other local Restaurants. The Staff were very accommodating especially seating our party of 4 adults and 2 small children, They were genuinely interested in us as customers. I recommend booking if you want to eat outside. Don't overlook this place it's great!!
In our first evening in Madeira, my wife had been planning what we should do. We spent rather too much on Google Maps trying to find it. When we did, we were welcomed and served fabulous local (mostly) craft beer and cider. As is the norm in Portugal and Spain, drinks are served with a snack - we were given broad beans with the kind of seasoning reserved for olives, and lupin seeds (who would have thought?)They serve rather a different kind of menu. We had a variety of freshly cooked seafood sharing starters, which were all beautifully cooked and served. The final dish was a croque monsieur- type of toasted sandwich floating in home-made tomato soup. This was delicious! The hospitality of Duarte and his wife was top notch. Please visit.
Cocktails are inventive, freshly made, beautifully presented and very reasonably priced. Staff are busy, but service is fast & they still time for a little joke (no need to panic when they say they are bringing a big bill). Also generous portions of tapas served free