After seven months of renovations, the ‘new’ Gigi restaurant provides more comfort and commodities for its guests, without compromising its original style
The restaurant was relocated 30 metres north from the previous location as part of a project included in the Vilamoura-Vila Real de Santo António coastal plan (POOC) and will see the area where the restaurant was previously located returned to nature with the planting of several native species.
Despite the new location, the goal from the start was to keep the new Gigi as close to the original as possible.
In fact, that was one of the conditions imposed by Quinta do Lago owner Denis O’Brien in order to allow the relocation project to move forward.
Gigi owner Bernardo ‘Gigi’ Reino told Expresso newspaper that he kept his promise to Mr O’Brien: “He asked me for everything to be the same next time he visited us.”
The restaurant has become popular over the years for its “traditional long lunches which only end when the last client has left”.
A new chillout bar and a larger terrace are among the new highlights
Among the novelties are a larger terrace, a bigger and better kitchen, toilets for people with reduced mobility, new shower rooms, solar panels for heated water, support area for lifeguards, and a first-aid station.
Another highlight is the new “chillout bar”, which invites guests to enjoy “authentic moments of reconnection with nature with the best cocktails, while taking in the view of the Atlantic Ocean and the best sunsets in the Algarve”.
The restaurant menu still features some of the best seafood the Algarve has to offer, from ‘conquilhas’ (one of the Algarve’s favourite types of shellfish) and clams to sea bass, crab, lobster and the freshest fish from the local coast. For meat lovers, there is also a large steak for two.