Como já tinha mencionado no último artigo, este seria acerca da minha experiência gastronómica nas duas ilhas (Pico e Faial). Relembro (porque merece ser relembrado), come-se muito bem nos Açores e, durante as férias na ilha do Pico (com uma curta paragem na ilha do Faial) provou isso mesmo, nas duas ilhas.
As I mentioned in the last post, this one would be about the gastronomy of the respective islands (Pico and Faial). Remembering (because it deserves to be remembered), it eats very well in the Azores and, our holidays on Pico Island (with a short passage on the island of Faial) proved that, in these two islands.
After we reached Pico Island, we had to find some place to eat. Well, the Casa Âncora was our first stop (in São Roque do Pico, next to Pico Pier). Because we did not make a reservation it, it was suggested by the person who answered us that we waited about 30 minutes, and if the reservations they had not appeared, we would take their seats. So it was, after 25 minutes, the same employee approached us and we went in.
Very pleasant atmosphere, the restaurant is open for 1 year and little, with modern décor, with attention to detail and large windows overlooking the sea and São Jorge in the background and open kitchen in which we can see the staff working/circular with the requests.
We asked for entries to start well the night and, we decided to go to the first of the list, “Grilled cheese and Butter peak bread” (I think that was the name, but look at the photographs).
Because I am a lover of cow tongue, it was not difficult to choose the dish, whose name: “Caramelized cow tongue with Parmentier of vegetables “(14 €/dish). Spectacular presentation, I was surprised at the size of the dish, after all, I didn’t realize it was a Gourmet restaurant. With the first fork, I think I’d get to the clouds! Sweet, with Pear also presented on the dish. Was Divine!!!
After this dish and the respective entrance, we ended up deciding that we had to go back for one or two meals before we finished our trip, because we had no stomach for desserts, which also seemed interesting! So after dinner, we decided to make a reservation for another dinner on the eve of returning to our island.
On the way back to the second meal there, we chose this time to do the opposite, leaving aside the entries and attacking the main dish and desserts. As we were in the end, I decided to stretch the purse strings and, as it seemed interesting (and already had the experience of the other divine dish) I decided to go to the “Filet Mignon With potato foam and caramelized onion “(20€/dish), the most expensive of the menu. Once again, surprised by the spectacular presentation and an apparent “small dose”. Once again, I was amazed by the positive, plus a very good dish, No doubt worth every penny! For dessert, I opted for the “Chocolate-foamed Yogurt Pie” (5€/dish), which had already been in the head after the first trip there. I enjoyed it too!
Located in Lajes do Pico, in the Aldeia da Fonte Hotel, this restaurant is open to the public and we decided to go there on the recommendation of a colleague/friend who is from Pico Island.I chose to go to “Grilled chicken scallops with mustard sauce” and for dessert, an ice-cream from Monte Pico.I liked the restaurant environment, it was composed. Well-cooked food. I’d go back to eat, too.
Who has never heard of such a famous caffe? Located near the Marina da Horta (Faial island), it is a mandatory stop for those travelling boats and stops at the marina!
Whoever passes by, leaves their mark, hence the walls, ceilings, are covered with flags, frames, etc…You just see the photographs below and you have a little notion of what the interior is like.
As we had arrived from Pico Island very early, we had breakfast there, some toast and it was settled right there. It’s not worth the meal, but by the quote I mentioned above… it’s mandatory to go through there. On the top floor, the museum that can be visited (something we did not visit because we had the time counted to the minute).It’s mandatory!
Sailing and in Solitary Navigator restaurant Genuíno, natural from Pico Island, with two trips around the world!A restaurant in which the restaurant tables have a glass lid and inside, dozens of offers from the many locations it has passed. Abroad, a map of the planet with the journeys on each of the trips. The day we had lunch there, calling to make the reservation, it was Genuíno who answered my call and that was extremely attentive. Restaurant overlooking Porto Pim Beach in Horta. I couldn’t see all the tables with the various travel souvenirs because the restaurant was filled quickly.I recommend you, because it’s going to be a different trip and you eat well too!
Located very close to Peter Café Sport, it was the restaurant we chose in Faial for the departure of the island before returning to Pico Island. Restaurant with more than 2 decades, it was my girlfriend’s recommendation and with us it was a relative of mine who also knew the restaurant. The specialty of the restaurant is that all the foods are cooked in the hot stone!! It was the first time I ate like this, the heat that came from the stone imposed respect! The staff at the restaurant traded the stone when it was cooler. It was an interesting concept. I really enjoyed it.
Returning to Pico Island, this restaurant, located at Madalena do Pico, was also a recommendation to my colleague/friend from Pico Island.I have decided to go for a dish that I also greatly appreciate, “grilled squids.” It was worth it. We had reservations made, and in case we hadn’t done it, we probably wouldn’t have found a place. Another restaurant that filled quickly.
Located in Madalena do Pico, a small space (perhaps the negative point of the restaurant), we had no place inside, so we stayed on the footpath, which stood on a very narrow promenade, along the street and with awnings that protected little of the sun. In terms of what really matters I enjoyed the food I chose, well worth it, despite the discomfort of the promenade.It is worthwhile to go there, but preferably inside, to feel more comfortable and safe (by proximity to the street).
Finally, one of the last places we eat was the Casa das Tisanas, a few minutes from the Pousada (hostel) where we stayed in São Roque do Pico. Initially started as a teas house, but eventually added meals after some time. I decided to go for a double burger on the yeast cake, accompanied, of course, for a different and cold tea. It was pretty good, however, the waiting time was the negative point, more than 20 minutes.