The tremendous quality and authenticity of local produce (often unknown due to the excessive humility of its producers) has created a cult following among true connoisseurs of the good life and good food.
Climb the impressive stone staircase that greets you at the entrance and you’ll find a Roaring Twenties vibe, both nautical and colonial, but a little bit ‘gentleman’s club’ – and also a little bit Casablanca”.
The food at the Grand Salon is an interpretation of Portuguese gastronomic heritage. In our culinary world, simplicity is a luxury. Local products lose – finally and with distinction – the shame of their origins and rise to new heights, creating indulgent but not opulent dishes, full of flavour and with an unusual freshness.
Remaining loyal to a sustainable cuisine is one of the Grand Salons promises, so there is a thoughtful approach to how the food we eat plays a role in protecting Mother Earth. The kitchen team partners with regional producers which is reflected in the “superior quality” of everything served at the Grand Salon table. There’s bread from a bakery in Vila Real de Santo António, meat from a top butcher in Manta Rota, olive oil, fruit and vegetables from Moncarapacho, organic tomatoes from Tavira, fine flor de sal from Castro Marim, creamy curd cheese from São Brás de Alportel.
Grand House (Hotel Guadiana) was founded by the the pioneers of the Portuguese fish trade and the oldest canned food company in the world. Honouring the sea and the tradition of canned seafood, the culinary team of the Grand House has elaborated a tapas menu with selected dishes using exclusively canned fish and seafood. Serving delicacies of such as sardines, tuna or mackerels right out of the can, topped with some olive oil, chopped coriander, lemons, almonds… you will be surprised. Mondays at our rooftop terrace.
Anybody interested in solving, rather than profiting from,
the problems of food production and distribution will see that in the long run the safest food supply is a local food supply,
not a supply that is dependent on a global economy.
THE CULINARY AFFAIRS BUTLER
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