Putting Ferragudo on the Map: New Gastrobar elevating the Scene

Ferragudu's Terrace Gastrobar

Two entrepreneurial brothers are elevating the local seafood scene with a brand New Gastrobar based in their former family home

– December 3, 2021

João and Pedro were born and raised in Ferragudo. They lived with their mother, brother, and father (also a restauranter) in a three-bedroom townhouse that the family owned since 1987. Growing up, the pair would often dream of having their own restaurant together, and little did they know that the place they had dreamed of was literally on their doorstep.

Although their vision began when they were teens, serious renovation started just over two years ago. They completely tore down their home to build the business with their bare hands and it paid off. Today, their gastrobar, Ferragudu’s Terrace, boasts panoramic views of the quaint fishing village that inspired it and the river Arade.

Ferragudu's Terrace Gastrobar

The menu consists of freshly caught, local seafood. They even operate a daily seafood market with the best local produce from fishermen across the Algarve. Cocktail lovers will be ecstatic, as the drink’s menu is far from ordinary: rather than a mundane Sex on the Beach, guests can enjoy a Smoke Penicillin, where the glass is actually smoked with fresh rosemary. The brothers also crafted one of the most carefully selected wine menus, most from regions within Portugal.

Ferragudu's Terrace Gastrobar Cocktails

Each member of staff has been enlightened by João and Pedro with their rich experience in the hospitality industry: Pedro was a mixologist and studied hospitality management at the School of Tourism, Faro. Meanwhile, João worked at high-end restaurants in Vilamoura for years, but also experienced a three-year stint in one of London’s top restaurants — Novikov. He was determined to learn every trick in the trade; how to run a business and what gives it that extra je ne sais quoi.

Ferragudu's Terrace Gastrobar

During his time there, he surprisingly discovered that Novikov have around 95% of their seafood produce flown from the Algarve nearly every day! With staff equipped with deep-routed knowledge, Ferragudu’s Terrace takes customers on a journey from appetizers to mains and delicious deserts and they can enlighten guests on the best drinks pairings. One of their specialty dishes is the Spider Crab Soup which has received raving reviews.

According to the brothers, Ferragudu’s Terrace offers “typical Algarve cuisine, reinvented by talented chefs”. When creating their menu, they were coached by well-known Portuguese chef Ricardo Luz, who praised the brothers as soon as they opened their business: “I always appreciate being able to work with people who are so dedicated and go after what really matters,” he said.

Ferragudu's Terrace Gastrobar

João and Pedro want to “put Ferragudo on the map” with their concept. “There is a rise in people buying houses here, in the surrounding areas,” João explains. “A lot more people are coming over to the Algarve, from all over Europe, and we want to provide these new guests with something authentic and fresh.”

Although they are aiming to provide guests with an upmarket experience, their prices are very reasonable. They officially opened their doors on May 12 and have since had various opening times due to the pandemic but are now open from 3pm to 1am on weekdays and 12pm to 1am on weekends. Restrictions allowing, they also hope to host several live music nights and events.

Ferragudu's Terrace Gastrobar

Best suited to those who are seeking quality over quantity, this gastrobar offers a concept of sharing and bringing together the authentic flavours of the Algarve coast in a sociable atmosphere. The brothers have big ambitions for the future and aim to be well known across Europe.

For reservations call: 966 299 215
Instagram: @ferragudusterrace


Author: Inside Carvoeiro

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