Il Gallo d'Oro

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#1 of 2281 places to eat in Funchal
ClosedOpens at 19:00
Mediterranean, Portuguese, Vegetarian options
$$$$ Average price: 105-245 €
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Estrada Monumental 147
Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
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If you're Mediterranean and Portuguese cuisine lover, come here. At this restaurant, pay attention to nicely cooked amuse bouches, foie gras and salmon. Most guests recommend trying good ice cream, parfait and pudding. Take your chance to taste delicious port wine, champagne or white wine. You will hardly forget great coffee, juice or rose tea that you can degust.

Live music is played by musicians in the evening. Il Gallo d'Oro is recommended for the hospitable crew. The fine service is something these restaurateurs care about. Here you will pay fair prices. There is a nice ambiance and lovely decor at this place. This two-star Michelin restaurant will provide you with showpiece dishes prepared by a senior chef.

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First, what is the point of reading this review???With two Michelin stars, Il Gallo D'oro is on a very short list of top rated restaurants in the world. If a stranger's online review can sway you one way or the other, this is not the restaurant for you.Next, at 41 years old, I was the only guest under the age of 65 during my visit. I will leave that as an observation and you can decide it fits your style.Finally... and ironically... the highest praise I can bestow is that I will never plan to eat in a place like this again. Our meal for two cost the same as a mortgage payment for a middle class North American family. That kind of expenditure is hard to justify. As a food lover, I HAVE spent that much on a meal before. That previous experience was pretentious, lacked coherence, and fell short on many levels. So, I was still on the hunt for a top class meal in a world renown restaurant.Enter Il Gallo D'oro. This reservation was made by our travel agent. I had no prior knowledge or expectations. I am happy to say this experience provided what I needed from a restaurant of its caliber. This meal showed the quality, expertise and artistry I needed to enjoy at least once in my life. When paired with the excellent service, I see no room for improvement. Il Gallo D'oro was as perfect a dining experience as I expect to have and it checked an item from my life list.This is hard to articulate but Il Gallo D'oro is something to appreciate on an artistic and intellectual level rather than enjoy as a raw physical experience. It's different than stumbling upon a mom-and-pop shop that secretly makes the best homemade dish where you shamelessly lick the plate clean. It appears I prefer those gems and now I know that.
Booked this restaurant online 1.5 months in advance.We had the set course for 105 euros per person + a bottle of wine for 40 euros.The food was simply impeccable. The main course was the suckling pig which was the best I’ve ever had. The progression from course to course feels like flipping through the pages of a very exciting book, full of anticipation. The service was also impeccable.
Great cooking let down by hit-and-miss service and lacklustre decor/ambience. (Incredibly good value wine list though!)
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Estrada Monumental 147, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Outdoor seating Сredit cards accepted Wi-Fi Booking No takeaway No TV Parking Wheelchair accessible
Opening hours
SundaySun Closed
MondayMon 19:00-21:30
TuesdayTue 19:00-21:30
WednesdayWed 19:00-21:30
ThursdayThu 19:00-21:30
FridayFri 19:00-21:30
SaturdaySat 19:00-21:30
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