Gastronomy in Madeira by staying at home!
Even if you stay with us on a Bed and Breakfast base, our service, upon request, does not stop there. Up to, say, 4 days a week we can offer you some gastronomy in Madeira. We can cook you dinner inviting you at our table.
Usually preceded by a glass of wine near the wood fire, we serve the very best Madeira – in collaboration with our kitchen – has to offer. Pure gastronomy in Madeira. Wherever at all possible, we use local ingredients. The island offers an abundance of fruits and vegetables. When we buy them at the farmers’ market, we know that is was still in the field the day before. Such freshness is no longer available in the shops at home. And it tasts accordingly.
fish: one of the pillars of gastronomy in Madeira!
Madeira offers a wide choice of very fresh fish. There is fish that you won’t be able to get at home. The best example is the black scabbard, the ‘peixe espada preta’. Its habitat can only been found here around the Madeiran archipelago, and in the waters surrounding Japan. It is a deep sea fish, that is caught on long lines. It has an exquisit taste. We fry it lightly and serve it with its classic sauce of Madeiran bananas and local passion fruit. Real gastronomy in Madeira. And of course, there is a great variety of other tropical and subtropical fish available in the local shops and markets.
other foods and drinks
We also love to eat local chicken. Whenever we shop, we only ever want ‘frango regional’. It is the chicken that is raised in Madeira, far from the bio-industry that produced chickens full of hormones and antibiotics or maybe even chlorine. The beef we buy usually comes of from the Azores, like any dairy produce available in Madeira, except of course for the local eggs. Wine comes from continental Portugal. The wine produced in Madeira is transformed into the delicious fortified Madeira-wine for a reason. It is quite ‘hard’ and often even bittery-acid: it simply is not something we would recommend. We like simple Alentejo-wines, litterally “from the other side of the Tagus”. They are good quality and very affordable wines. A good bottle of Alentejo wine completes a fantastic meal in Madeira.
We do try and be as friendly to the environment as reasonably possible. We much rather use local produce instead of buying food that has been dragged over ridiculous distances in order to get it here. Fish, fruits and vegetables from, say, Southeast Asia we really avoid if at all possible. Apart from being unfriendly to our environment, the flavour really suffers from the long transport in refrigerated ships. If you have tried to eat an imported avocado at home and compare it to the Madeiran avocados, you know exactly what we mean. On top of this, the Madeiran farmers hardly use any pesticides. Maybe the produce does not have the looks like the stuff we buy in Northwest Europe, but the taste is a far cry from what we are used to in our lovely island. You get it: no need to go out for a gastronomic experience in Madeira.
And with all this beautiful produce, we cook you – and us – a delicious meal. We love to do that and – in all modesty – we think we are good at it. We offer a three course dinner for 15€ per person. We serve a starter, a main course, dessert and, if you like, coffee or tea. Wine – unlimited – is included. Gastronomy in Madeira at a friendly price!
local and international cuisine
Depending on the season and the availability, we try to serve a mix of typical Madeiran dishes and the best of dishes the international cuisine has to offer. The famous Peixe Espada Preta is one of the local dishes, but the super fresh tuna makes it possible to serve an excellent Italian Vitello Tonnato. In short, we try to keep a balance between the interntional and the local traditional cuisine, which we usually give a twist to change it from just a hearty meal into a gastronomic experience. And we do requests, if at all possible.
We gladly take all your diet wishes into acount. And we love to make your favourite dish, always in function of the availability of the ingredients. Do note, though, that we are not trained diet cooks. That is a different science in its own right. We try to follow your dietary wishes and we follow your directions as far as we possibly can. The diet products you are probably used to at home will likely not be available in Madeira. For fully vegetarian meals we already stated that, apart from the local fruits and vegetables, the necessary ingredients are often difficult to get here, and unproportionally expensive. Therefore, we have to charge a small supplement of €2,50 for completely vegetarian meals.
Cooking a fantastic meal in Madeira for vegans is, much as we regret it, not possible. The island lacks the produce to make balanced and attractive vegan meals.
If you wish to have dinner with us, it suffices if you tell us at breakfast. Should you wish to have dinner with us on the day of your arrival, we would like you to tell us before you leave home for Madeira. Please, also tell us beforehand if there are things you cannot eat or that you simply do not like. No hardship for us to take that into account. Did we convince you: look at the calender to see if we have space in your choice period. Then, send us a message and book your stay! You are more than welcome! If you decide you want to eat out instead, have a look at the page ‘eating out in Madeira‘ which we wrote to give you some background information.
Raposeira de São João. Not just a beautiful and welcoming place, but also pure gastronomy in Madeira!