São Gabriel: Creative Cuisine in the Algarve ♦ On the road of Vale do Lobo in Almancil, in the midst of the trees and scrubs, hides a small and charming farmhouse, the São Gabriel Restaurant. The quiet and charming space, especially the main room decorated with la belle Orleans style and its central fireplace, promises formidable tastes and unforgettable moments. Secrets From Portugal brings you more about the creative cuisine of the Michelin-starred space.
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São Gabriel restaurant creative cuisine features strong sea tastes because most of the creations include fish from the Atlantic Ocean. Its creations are strongly innovative and inspired by the traditional Portuguese dishes and especially by the Algarve’s flavours, featuring creativity and boldness. Its aim is to create a unique experience for its clients, that even if their eyes were shut they would know they were in Portugal.
Its head chef, chef Leonel Pereira, was born in Martim Longo, Alcoutim, in the Algarve. Despite all his vast experience of national and international formations such as the Academy Alain Ducasse, Le Nôtre and Institute of Culinary Arts, he has not forgotten the palates of the village where he was born and is said to be an eternal apprentice, always experimenting with different flavours.
São Gabriel is inspired by the landscapes and products from its country and region. The tastes from chef Leonel Pereira’s childhood, as well as his trips and experiences, lived in different cultures.
One of the pillars of São Gabriel’s cuisine is to ensure the highest quality with their products, preserving its “TRUE” taste. The other pillar is to reinterpret ancestral dishes with the touch of cutting-edge techniques.
Their goal is to achieve a less complex and more natural cuisine, that’s why São Gabriel looks for new ways to surprise our clients every day, through a product culture and a vanguard in creativity.