Food, the language of love

This month, the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs celebrated the language of love applied to delicious food.

Members of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs and their guests gathered at restaurant NUMA in Portimão for a friendly dinner on Friday, November 17.

NUMA, named after Chef Nuno Martins and his wife Manuela, was born out of their family dream to share the language of love applied to delicious food. The restaurant takes pride in serving cuisine prepared with some of the best Portuguese ingredients and Algarve produce with informal elegance and a modern approach.

The evening commenced with a welcome drink of espumante. ‘Amuses du chef’ of oyster on brioche, duck croquette and a delicate prawn tartlet were followed by pumpkin cream soup with truffle and salted cod.

Homemade bread and brioche with flavoured butters and local olive oil from the Monchique preceded the fish course which was tuna on squid bomba rice with orange and onion. Pulled veal parcels on aromatic potato puree with vegetables and jus provided the main course. Bread pudding with sabayon sauce, carob and milk foam completed the food menu.

The paired wines were Arvad, Al-Mudd and Quinta do Barranco Longo, local wines from the Algarve, Dorina Lindemann from the Alentejo, and a 54-year-old fortified wine from Henriques & Henriques Madeira.

Assisting Chef Nuno Martins for the evening was Alexander Mishin, who had, in 2015, won the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Jeunes Chefs competition in Russia and who had represented that country in the global final in Manchester, UK.

His story provided an insight in the global influence of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs and it was very interesting for those present to hear from this young chef how he had progressed after the competition, gaining experience in top restaurant venues in Europe, including Bon Bon and Ocean in the Algarve. Everyone wished him well pursuing his culinary career.

On behalf of everyone present, Bailli do Algarve Marie-Anne Ferran thanked Chef Nuno, his wife Manuela and young chef Alexander for their warm hospitality.

Should you wish to know more about the global activities of the Confraternity of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, please visit or contact Marie-Anne Ferran on [email protected]

By Valerie Lantau

Portugal Resident