This is the restaurant’s fourth straight ‘Platinum Fork’ award and Vila Vila Parc also got the ‘Platinum Key’ for the hotel category
With two Michelin stars, Vila Vita Parc’s Ocean restaurant, headed by chef Hans Neuner, has been awarded a ‘Platinum Fork’ for the fourth year straight in Expresso’s ‘Boa Cama Boa Mesa’ restaurant-hotel guide. The five-star resort in Porches also received a ‘Platinum Key’ in the hotel category of the awards.
This restaurant received its first ‘Platinum Fork’ award in 2012, when the category was first introduced.
The guide’s criteria for Boa Mesa (restaurant category) was selected based on five categories: location, service, wine cellar and price/quality, whilst Boa Cama‘s criteria (hotel category) was selected based on the touristic project, the building, its architecture and décor, services, customer service and price/quality. Visits and evaluations were carried out until the beginning of March 2022.
Ocean Restaurant has already started the new season with the “Route of India“ menu, taking diners on a journey with sojourns in Cape Verde, Ghana and Mozambique to Goa. The new menu is described as an exploration of the richness of flavours and ingredients characteristic of each area and, above all, of the influence brought by the caravels of the golden period of the Portuguese Discoveries to the valued Portuguese gastronomy.
The “Route of India” includes fourteen distinct moments: Stewed Maize | Yam | Imperial Caviar, Blue Crab | Green Pepper | Avocado or Pyrenean Lamb | Mungo Beans | Mango Achar | Purple Curry with a sweet ending starting with Cassava | Malambe | Finger Lime.
This narrative follows the fieldwork carried out by chef Hans Neuner and the kitchen team over the last two years, who first focused on the country, from north to south, with the menu “Discovering Portugal“, then, with a jump from the mainland to the islands of the Azores, Madeira and Cabo Verde, broadened the proposal with the “Islands Edition“. This invitation to navigate between charismatic dishes and typical ingredients takes guests a little further with the will to delve into the origin of many gastronomic influences, since the golden Portuguese times, still present today.
The menu costs €235 per person and offers the option of pairing for €140 per person. Ocean serves only dinners, from Wednesday to Sunday, from 7pm to 10pm.