Atlântico restaurant reopens with a new “Roots” concept
VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa will reopen its fine dining restaurant Atlântico on 27 June, with a renewed identity that places the Algarve’s traditional roots and ingredients at the core of the menu, supervised by Chef Pedro Pinto. This redefinition of the cuisine at Atlântico reinforces and complements the resort’s sustainable philosophy to highlight and support the richness of Portugal’s gastronomic heritage.
With the same elegant and sophisticated decor in calming shades of blue that reflect the surrounding ocean vistas, Atlântico restaurant returns with a focus on ‘roots’. Gastronomic and cultural roots that the Algarve has collected over centuries, from the time of the conquests and discoveries, that translate the typical ingredients - some albeit forgotten – and supplied from home grown vegetable gardens, small producers and local purveyors, into remastered traditional recipes from the Algarve.
Favouring 100% organic products from local producers and respecting Nature’s seasonality, the new Atlântico menu highlights dishes such as Beetroot Tartar (forest berries, pickles, strawberry mustard from “Quinta da Saudade” and Algarvean goat cheese); Carolino Rice from Alcácer do Sal (scarlet prawn and bivalves infused with aged eau de vie and coriander), Crunchy Oysters from Ria Formosa (Atlantic seaweed, lemon and Kashmir curry), BIO Cozido Portuguese Stew (chickpea, sweet potato, grass pea, turnip, kale, Alcobaça pear and vegetable sausage), Middle Eastern Wheat Bulgur (slow cooked organic lamb shoulder with Marrakech seasoning) or Ray fish from Olhão (cockle migas, lemon and watercress). For those who prefer to be surprised, there is also a Chef’s Tasting Menu, “Roots with a Story”.
Dynamic, creative and elevated quality define these dishes which are only conceivable “thanks to an organic cuisine, focused on the flavour of the ingredients and inspired by Nature itself” affirms Chef Pedro Pinto, whose professional training has taken him through various Michelin starred restaurants, such as AbAC in Barcelona ***, Vila Joya ** in the Algarve, or The Yeatman** in Porto.
Atlântico restaurant, which serves dinner as well as breakfast with the same concept, is one of the 11 restaurants and 6 bars that complement the Culinary World of VILA VITA (@culinaryworldofvilavita), offering a wide variety of gastronomic options, based on the “farm to fork” philosophy, respecting seasonality, production and local farmers. Many of its organic produce, including meat, originates from the resort’s sister property – and beautiful countryside farm estate - in the Alentejo, Herdade dos Grous.
The variety of choice, from contemporary Japanese cuisine at Mizu Teppanyaki, traditional Portuguese dishes at the favoured Adega, fresh grilled fish and meat at Aladin Grill, as well as the lighter options at Whale, and Bela Vita’s European cuisine, to two Michelin starred Ocean restaurant, at the resort, are complemented by outside options in the neighbouring towns just 5 minutes away. These include the Bavarian-inspired dishes at the Biergarten, in Porches, and at Armação Beach Club in Armação de Pêra, a selection of healthy, fresh and trendy dishes at Praia Dourada, as well as the daily catch and seafood at the Arte Náutica Beach Restaurant.
This diversity allows resident hotel guests and outside visitors to enjoy a colourful array of culinary offerings, where they can enjoy locally sourced, seasonal and traditional Portuguese ingredients.