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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
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A RUINA
ALBUFEIRA, ALGARVE
PORTUGAL

This is a fairly large, multi-story restaurant located right on the water's edge in the popular seaside resort of Albufeira in the Algarve of southern Portugal.  It sits on a mini cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and beach down below.

The Algarve is decidedly tropical with palm trees, citrus fruit, hibiscus and other tropical vegetation.

We were seated at an outdoor table on the upper floor with a beautiful view of the beach.  This is a rustic type restaurant.  You first head up to the kitchen area and check out the fresh seafood on ice.  Then you return to your table, order cocktails, and then think about which fish you're going to select for your meal.  They have various sea basses and other fish commonly found in the waters of southern Portugal.  The suggested method of preparation is simple grilling.  They scale the fish and then grill it whole over live charcoals after dotting it with a little lemon and olive oil and perhaps some spices.

They also have inside dining but when the weather is nice (most of the time), dining outside is nice.  It can get a bit chilly even during the middle of summer so keep that in mind.  If it's windy and you're sporting a recently acquired sunburn, it can feel quite nippy dining outside.

Starters include some very tempting seafood soups.  My wife tried the house favorite, a fish stew called caldeirada.  I love clams so I went with the local steamed clams in butter, wine and garlic and they were great.  Everybody loved our main grilled fish dishes, too.

This place fills up fast, especially on weekends, so you should plan on making a reservation.

A Ruina is located at Cais Herculano in Albufeira right at the water's edge.

OTHER REVIEWS FROM PORTUGAL:

Cais Da Ribeira - Cais Do Sodre, Lisbon
John Bull / Britannia Restaurant - Cascais
Rui 1 - Silves

 


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