Mix & match: Combining famous cocktails with excellent cuisine
Since August, what was once a mandatory stop for those enjoying the nightlife in Faro is now available all day. The new Columbus Culinary Bar, a pioneering concept in the region inspired by a Spanish eatery, combines their famous cocktails with excellent cuisine.
The flavours of South America and Asia come together in a journey that also passes through Europe, resulting in a menu designed for sharing meals, created by executive chef Albano Félix.
In this noble, town-centre space, there are no appetisers or main courses, as the idea is to break away from the typical meal structure, prioritising socialising whilst discovering different flavours.
From cold to hot dishes, everything is fresh, locally sourced (except for an Italian cheese) and made to order. All the fish come from the Ria Formosa and the oysters, caught just hours earlier, land straight on the plate.
The menu features prawn and corvina ceviches, burratina salda, and tuna, prawn and corvina tacos, one of their best-sellers. As for the hot dishes, the most popular are the black pork cheeks and the tuna croissant, but you cannot miss out on the black rice with tiger prawns. For those with a sweet tooth, there is a chocolate mousse and a hazelnut dessert with salted caramel and ice cream, but the highlight is the lemon meringue tart served with candy floss.
The portions are generous and, according to the chef, “pair perfectly” with the various house cocktails, a Columbus speciality for almost 20 years and which has earned them several international awards.
“Now we are hoping to win some gastronomic awards too,” confides Miguel Gião, CEO of the Gião & Gião group, which includes the Culinary Bar.
Open daily from 12 noon to 2am, Columbus is now also treating its clients to some great music. “We have live music on Sunday night and a DJ plays music after dinner from Wednesday to Sunday. The idea is for people to enjoy dinner and drinks here whilst grooving to the music.”
To make the most of the space, the hosts recommend diners arrive late afternoon, enjoy a drink before dinner and dance the night away whilst savouring some of the best cocktails in town. Columbus Culinary Bar also takes bookings for private events, such as birthdays and weddings, up to 60 people.
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