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Review of Al Quimia

Al Quimia
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Ranked #10 of 895 Restaurants in Albufeira
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$40 - US$80
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Al Quimia, a gourmet restaurant, offers splendid views over the resort, a spacious terrace and exquisite cuisine. With a more intimate touch and discreet service this restaurant is ideal for those special moments. The contemporary and creative menu is designed seasonally by Chef Luis Mourao from the freshest and best Portuguese ingredients.
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Then Al Quimia will appeal. It is a modern, tasteful restaurant where the emphasis is on providing an experience to guests - with tables having plenty of space from the others and no attempt made to hurry you. A good thing too as there are just two choices for dinner - both are tasting menus at either 75 or 110 euros for the meal of 6 or 9 courses. There is an option to pair wines with each menu or simply to buy off a wine list. With the innovation, it really is a case of sitting back and experiencing each course. The chef adds his own touch to each, creatively with, for example a mussel shell made of pasta with squid ink - and on the whole it works, well and is on a par with some of the better London restaurants. Quality over quantity in all regards too. The food was nice and the range of tastes in the menu also enjoyable. Service was as good as you would expect at a top level restaurant. So why not 5 out of 5? On the whole we enjoyed other meals more on this trip and generally - a Quinta, Henrique Leis both excellent, also Willie's from previous visits all would rank higher for us in terms of the overall quality. Is an acquired taste - unlike the others, this is somewhere where with the two menus on offer you need to be in the right mood for something like this. Very much enjoyed the pairing wines too. Yet some of the courses a bit too fussy, trying too much to be creative (I'd prefer to eat olives as olives rather than "faux" olives with liquid inside for example). Value? Tad too high. We actually ended up sharing one tasting menu and that was fine for both of us - worked well.

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Reviewed 31 March 2018

an overall amazing experience. it was my birthday as well and they brought a cake and some special wine at the end! amazing time and tasty food

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Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

Al Quimia is located at the Epic Sana algarve Hotel and it is an experience that you can’t miss!
The restaurant himself is just gorgeous, you get immediatly into another environment.
You’ll have the choice of 2 tasting menus, which i had the one with 6 plates with wine pairing. Food was divine and wines outsanded the flavors of your dish. One of the best dinners ever!
The team was also fantastic, Nuno and Ana explained everything you’ll eat and were very friendly, such as the sommelier Hugo.
Highly recomend!

Thank chcalau
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Reviewed 2 March 2018

Thanks a lot Al Quimia, you made our Valentine's dinner so special ; it went above our expectations for both food and wines, I shouldn't forget the service. Great location, the room is nicely decorated with elegance. Great team, next tile we will try a lunch in front of the sea.. :)

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Reviewed 25 November 2017 via mobile

Rarely have I eaten food as good as the dishes served here. Their 'epic experience' menu nothing but epic!!
It may be a bit pricier than other option but is well worth the money. Hats off to the chef and the staff.

Thank Mirco P
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