Paixa, located near the entrance to Vale do Lobo in the central Algarve, is one of those rare restaurants mixing modern, sophisticated décor with laid-back ambiance, and inspired cuisine in simple course formats . It is trendy and fashionable, yet comfortable and delicious. In a region where restaurant selection consists either of fine gastronomy, or traditional chicken and fish, Paixa stands out as a hot spot to take your sweetie or celebrate with friends.
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Most people familiar with Paixa owner João Lourenço remember his previous restaurant, the very popular Paixanito on the road to Querença near Loulé. Portugal Confidential remembers it well. It was one of the first places experienced when arriving in the Algarve two years ago. It was small, rustic and traditional, with a long menu of regional dishes, extensive wine list, and excellent service. It was a favorite with the Portuguese, and a must-do for visitors.
However, in 2009, Lourenço decided to move his enterprise from rural hillside to manicured oceanfront resort. Traditional gave way to modern minimalism. Yet, the cuisine, the service and, especially the patrons, all followed Lourenço’s lead. The current Paixa is better than ever.
Paixa’s concept is a menu of tapas-style regional specialties intended to share with your partner or pass around the table. Dishes range from simple and satisfying, to more adventurous and delectable. Consider a few items from the menu of 40….
Tempting and Tasty: olives , rolled ham , dry cheese with honey & almond , stuffed mushrooms , marinated beats, and clams
People Pleasers: Braesola carpaccio, foie gras, smoked duck breast , asparagus with mustard sauce, stuffed squid
House Specialties: octopus salad with peppers , snails in garlic butter, pork ear with coriander , veal cakes, Oxtail croquettes , black sausage with apple , and partridge casserole
Difficult to Deny Desserts of the Region: marzipan egg tart , egg & almonds pudding, carob cake , fig tart and chocolate mousse
Mix and match the plates with wine selections from the restaurant ‘s garrafeira. Choose from over 140 labels.
For more information, visit the Paixa website
Quadradinhos , Lot 52
Vale do Lobo
Phone : +351 289 394 699
Fax: +351 289 393 772
E- mail: email@example.com
Hours : 11:00 to 23:00
Photos by Luis da Cruz