LardButty Portugal – Senhora da Guia Cascais

Senhora da Guia is a boutique resort hotel where you can really relax and get away from it all. And this beautiful ocean-side setting is only topped by the restaurant’s excellent food.

About 30km – half an hour’s drive – from Lisbon you’ll find the upmarket resort of Cascais on the Atlantic coast. Car hire and accommodation is inexpensive in Portugal so we decided to stay here all week, following the wedding of friends (one of whom is a Portuguese Londoner, originally from Lisbon, so he was already informed about best places to stay). No research required on our part, keeping it nice and simple. And there’s loads to do nearby from playing golf to visiting the palaces and castles of Sintra.

We were blown away by the restaurant’s food, right from our first meal on our first evening. It helped that we were in good company and the service was great too.

K and I shared a Portuguese game sausage samosa with sauteed wild mushrooms @ €15 for starters, followed by coal-roasted Atlantic seabass served with grilled vegetables @ €26 for K and roasted octopus, potato, assorted greens @ €20 for me.

 

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Fresh fish and seafood at Senhora da Guia – kicking off the holiday with a margarita

 

Over the course of the week we ate these dishes. I’m mostly going to let the pictures do the talking…

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Iberian black pork tenderloin – served with peas, greens and Portuguese game sausage (chorizo or salami style) from Mirandela @ €22

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Restaurant menu – starters

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Restaurant menu – local specialities

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Restaurant menu – fish and seafood

 

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Another traditional Portuguese dish – possibly lamb with pistachio potato

 

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Flamed shrimp from Ceara with mango Macedonia starter @ €17

 

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Wild duck breast lacquered with honey and drunk pear – served with mushroom risotto and green asparagus @ €23

 

Gorgeous salads served on the terrace during the day:

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Outdoor menu – Nicoise salad with rabilo tuna from the Atlantic @ €13

 

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Outdoor menu – Caesar salad with crunchy chicken and fine herbs @ €13

 

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Outdoor menu – salmon wrapped in thinly sliced pineapple

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Pineapple ‘carpaccio’ and salmon wraps

 

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Beef burger with lettuce, tomato, bacon and mayo

 

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Esporao reserva white wine – a LardButty favourite

 

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From the room-service menu – salad, crinkle-cut fries and club sandwiches

 

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Guanaya chocolate souffle with hazelnuts hearth – served with strawberries and vanilla ice-cream @ €8

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Heavenly desserts – Guanaya chocolate souffle with gooey runny chocolate inside

 

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Decomposition of pastel de nata Portuguese custard pie served with red currants and coffee foam @ €8

 

 

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An idyllic get-away boutique hotel retreat  – Senhora da Guia on the Atlantic Coast, Cascais

 

The verdict: We arrived here on 24th June 2016, heartbroken that the UK had voted to leave the EU. We couldn’t have come to a better place for comfort and pleasure (it’s also a truly amazing wedding location). Facilities at the hotel include a spa, beauty treatments, pool and terrace, free bicycles and excellent food served in the restaurant, terrace bar and room service too. For the quality and level of food and service you get, it’s relatively inexpensive (compared with the UK and other European destinations). And while I like to explore when I go on holiday – which means not going back to the same place twice when there’s a big wide world out there – I feel certain that we’ll stay here again. I hope so.

 

Restaurant info:
– Lardbutty rating: 5 / 5
– Type: Portuguese (in Portugal), international
– Address: Estrada do Guincho, 2750-642 Cascais, Portugal
– Website + menus: Senhora da Guia website
– Photos on flickr: Senhora da Guia food photos
– Location: Senhora da Guia map

 

Restaurant:
Restaurante Terrassa - Senhora da Guia Cascais Boutique Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

Pool cafe/bar
Sunset Pool Bar - Senhora da Guia Cascais Boutique Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

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2 Responses

  1. Dear Lou,
    Sunny Greetings from Portugal!
    Thank you so much for creating this article-it was such an amazing surprise for me and all the team! We have shared it with our kitchen team and the Chef! We sincerely hope to have the opportunity to see you very soon back in Senhora da Guia and surprise you with some new dishes and recipes and of course fabulous Portuguese Wines!
    Kindest Regards,
    Polina
    Marketing Manager

    • hi Polina and team – the pleasure was ours. I’ve no idea *when* but we’re already looking forward to those new dishes and recipes and wines…. all the best, LardButty

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