Another of the fantastic restaurants we ate at was Armazem do Sal.
The restaurant is tucked down a little alley. The interior walls made with beautifully composed and exposed stones and art that you can buy hanging on the walls. The small alley leading into the restaurant also had a number of alfresco tables for dining where they also had a small jazz band playing the night we went. We reserved a table in advance (it’s a popular place) and I opted for a table inside because it was simply too cold (for me) to be sitting outside.
Bread and butter soon arrive as we are deciding the menu. Like all restaurants, they seemed to offer a great value three course meal (you choose items from the menu yourself).
They even presented a nice palette cleanser (a small iced block of roasted peppers and horseradish or something like that). It was only a mouthful, but beautifully executed.
Not content with serving us a three course meal, this restaurant also served a small charcuterie plate including some silky iberico ham, a picked onion, an olive and cheese. A definitely unneeded, though welcomed dish to kick start our appetites.
Impressed by the prawn starter from Restaurant Mozart, I was tempted to order the crispy prawns at this restaurant as well. Fortunately they did not disappoint. Giant, sweet orange fleshed shellfish sitting atop a small mound of mashed avocado.
My sister opted for the foie gras starter (it’s far too rich for me). Just as beautifully presented and apparently quite tasty.
We both ended up ordering the same meal – my sister on a foie gras rampage (I didn’t really eat mine), or the Filet mignon rossini with a crispy potato “tower”, onion compote and truffle oil topped with a piece of foie gras. Perfectly cooked meat, super tasty and with a good selection of vegetables on the side.
For dessert, I couldn’t resist not having the Chocolate volcano, vanilla ice cream and pistachio crisp. The island seems to have a thing for them on the menu, and they execute them just so well. If you like chocolate-based desserts, this one will not disappoint. I particularly like the hot-cold contrast provided by the vanilla ice cream.
I mean, who wouldn’t want to have a cake that oozed like this…
A great value meal for less €30 a head. Go, and enjoy the atmosphere and food.
Name: Restaurante Armazém do Sal
Found at: 135 Rua da Alfândega 135, Funchal