Great news for foodies looking for a property in the Algarve – Portugal’s only restaurant in the ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ list has climbed to 22nd place in the 2014 rankings, up from 37th in 2013.
The Michelin-star restaurant, called Vila Joya and part of a luxury spa and beach resort in Albufeira, is run by chef Dieter Koschina. Originally from Austria, Koschina honed his skills in leading establishments in Vienna and Germany before settling in his adopted country of Portugal more than two decades ago. This is the third year it has featured on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
Overlooking the picturesque Atlantic coastline, the dining room at Vila Joya plays host to artfully arranged plates of guinea fowl stuffed with black truffles and artichokes, and roasted goose liver with tamarind and salted caramel. However, it’s the chef’s skill with local seafood that is most impressive. Stand-out dishes include ‘cataplana’ – a modern take on a traditional Portuguese stew with pork, cockles and lobster – and confit ‘bacalhau’ (salt cod) with beetroot coulis and yoghurt.
Vila Joya has also become a destination for international chefs, who attend its annual International Gourmet Festival. Top names, including Joan Roca, Björn Frantzén and Nuno Mendes, joined Koschina at last year’s event.
Homeowners planning a trip to their property in the Algarve should treat themselves to a meal at Vila Joya – just be quick to book though, as tables are highly sought after.