Monday, June 17, 2024

Farol Illuminates Sundays Well with Authentic Portuguese Delights!

Farol Illuminates Sundays Well with 

Authentic Portuguese Delights!
Exquisite clams!

Craving a taste of Portugal? Look no further than Farol, the exciting new restaurant lighting up Sundays Well! Nestled in the former Vikki's space, Farol offers a vibrant taste of Portuguese cuisine that's sure to tantalise your taste buds. Farol, meaning "lighthouse" in Portuguese, isn't just

another restaurant; it's a culinary journey that transports you straight to the heart of Portugal.

Pic by medoa7164 from Pixabay

A Tapas Triumph

We embarked on a tapas odyssey, and each dish was a revelation. The Ameijoas a Farol – succulent clams bathed in a fragrant garlic-white wine sauce with a touch of heat – were simply exquisite. But the true queen of the table was the Camarao ao Alho. These luscious shrimp, sizzling in a pan of garlic-infused olive oil, were melt-in-your-mouth perfection and provoked an intensification of the "oohs" and "aahs", that began with the clams and set the tone for the evening.

 Flavourful Feast Continues

The Moelas – slow-cooked chicken gizzards in a rich tomato sauce – were bursting with flavour and beautifully tender. The Pataniscas de Bacalhau, a classic Portuguese dish of cod fritters seasoned with spices, onions, and parsley, offered another delightful explosion of taste.



Beyond Tapas: Francesinha and More

While we devoured the tapas, the main course descriptions had us eager to return. The Bacalhau promises succulent fried cod paired with fries and sautéed onions, finished with a flourish of flamed wine. For a hearty option, the Feijoada – a stew with tender pork, chorizo, and beans in a savoury broth served with rice – is a must-try.

For the adventurous eaters, Farol offers the Francesinha, a legendary Portuguese creation. This masterpiece features layers of beef, ham, and Linguiça sausage nestled between slices of bread, all topped with melted cheese and a fried egg. Drenched in a rich beer-tomato sauce and served with fries, it's an explosion of flavour and texture.

Of course, steaks and fish 'n chips grace the menu, but the likes of the Francesinha and the Feijoada will have you yearning for a return visit.

Liquid Accompaniments and Beyond

House wines are a steal at €6 a glass, with a fish-friendly  Alvarinho gracing the shortlist. Sangria is a must-try for those seeking a refreshing option, and a couple of non-draught beers round out the beverage selection.

A Touch of Portugal at Home

We couldn't resist buying a few of their top-notch Pastel de Nata (Portuguese custard tarts) at €2 each as we made our exit. While the Portugal v. Ireland game may not have gone our way😉, these delicious pastries provided a sweet consolation prize.

Farol, meaning "lighthouse" in Portuguese, lives up to its name. The bright and welcoming interior features a light blue and white colour scheme, with nautical touches scattered throughout. Even the TV displayed a Portuguese channel during our visit! And for those seeking an al fresco experience during Euro 2024, fear not – Farol will be showcasing all the games on a big screen in their garden! Tomorrow evening could well be a good time to visit as Portugal play the Czech Republic in a group game

Farol is more than just a restaurant; it's an illuminating experience when it comes to the real taste of the Portugal. 

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