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Quinta do Lago blends best in modern design with new steakhouse

Bovino Steakhouse
As if serving up three world-class courses wasn’t enough, Portugal’s world-famous Quinta do Lago is offering visitors the opportunity to enjoy a cosmopolitan atmosphere and food on a par with the world’s leading international steak houses in centres such as New York City and Hong Kong.
Combining the best in modern steakhouse concept with contemporary urban design, from renowned international designer Lázaro Roza-Violán, the new Bovino Steakhouse is the latest addition to the resort’s already thriving gastro scene.

The chic interiors provide an interesting juxtaposition to the traditional setting – a traditional 200-year-old Algarve farmhouse draped in bougainvillea and enjoying a romantic hilltop setting overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

This contemporary space is home to both the Bovino Steakhouse and the neighbouring Casa Velha restaurant, in addition to a pool, lounge and bar with stunning views over the lake. Making the most of the typical architecture, the new design by Roza-Violán is inspired by the use of traditional materials such as coloured tiles and Portuguese ‘calçada’ flooring, combined with a contemporary urban approach reflective of styles found in New York’s Manhattan and London’s Shoreditch.

Fine quality meat is at the heart of Bovino’s philosophy the restaurant serves up tender steaks in a stunning environment to create the most exclusive steakhouse experience anywhere in the Algarve. The meat producers, which supply more than 100 Michelin-starred restaurants throughout Europe, practice a unique method known as ‘ultra-tender’, to deliver a unique consistency in the tenderness of the beef. It is then dry-aged to enhance flavour and taste. 

Bovino is also introducing special menus for golfers and golf groups. The latest addition to the gastronomic offering at Quinta do Lago not only marks the continued success of the resort – deemed a benchmark residential development for more than 40 years – but also continues to cement Portugal as a European culinary hotspot.

John Dwyer, CEO of Quinta do Lago said: “This is an exciting summer for Quinta do Lago and will bring our restaurant total from seven to nine. Portugal and the Algarve are increasingly being recognised for their gastronomic excellence and at Quinta do Lago we are at the forefront of this movement.

“Thanks to our continued programme of investment and strategy for growth we continue to reinvest in the resort, allowing us to provide both residents and visitors with the highest quality of facilities, services and, of course, restaurants, offering cuisine from around the world to reflect our global audience. We are delighted to have partnered with a designer as renowned and admired as Lázaro Roza-Violán for this project and the space he has created is truly stunning, breathing a contemporary outlook into a very traditional setting.”

Perfect for a relaxing family holiday in exquisite surroundings, Quinta do Lago offers the very best in award-winning sports and leisure facilities with a wide variety of pursuits to enjoy, including the chance to play its new North Course – voted ‘Best New Golf Course in Europe’ at the 2014 World Golf Awards.

One of three 18-hole championship courses at the luxury resort, the new-look layout has been redesigned by European Ryder Cup-winning captain McGinley in close collaboration with renowned American architect Beau Welling and has quickly becoming a firm favourite with golfers since reopening last October.

Quinta do Lago’s world-renowned golf courses are matched by outstanding practice facilities, with a state-of-the-art TaylorMade Performance Centre – the only such facility in southern Europe – and new short game area available in addition to the Paul McGinley Academy.

Set among 2,000 acres of the picturesque Ria Formosa Natural Park, there’s plenty to keep guests occupied away from the fairways at the resort, with events, tennis, cycling and watersports just some of the extensive leisure activities available.

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