As part of the Savoy Signature collection of restaurants in Madeira
A ‘must visit’ for contemporary, Portuguese sharing dishes, brunch, health food and local wines
The luxurious Savoy Palace, a Leading Hotels of the World property in Madeira, is launching its seventh restaurant, to add to its remarkable collection of diverse and delicious cuisine at the hotel. The new addition will make it hard for guests to want to leave and will offer a warm welcome to non-residents as a must visit destination on the island.
Pau de Lume is the newest concept in the Savoy Signature collection, which has a variety of exciting restaurants across Madeira. From Hawaiian dishes at NEXT hotel to ayurvedic menus at Saccharum hotel. Savoy Palace’s talented food and beverage team offer restaurants that specialise in Japanese, fine dining and Mediterranean. All with the stunning backdrop of the hotel’s design by renowned Nini Andrade Silva in partnership with RH+ Architects and the incredible views from the property over Funchal. Pau de Lume combines a full flavour, contemporary take on authentic food with a bustling and comfortable atmosphere. It presents diners with Portuguese sharing plates, healthy dishes and all-day brunch. Pau de Lume from the Madeiran term ‘matches’, refers to the signature accent of the restaurant, the Josper charcoal oven. The fire, embers and the smoke give the dishes the homespun charm of a Madeiran kitchen.
Combining tradition and a contemporary take on sharing plates in fine effect with stylish surroundings, the knowledgeable staff will guide guests through each inventive, rustic dish from the menu. The dishes, which can include the traditional presentation of the copper pot and casserole, cooked in the Josper oven, follow the premise of sharing. Sustainability is of utmost important to the team who ensure each dish is made with respect for the environment. There is a large, stylish bar serving up cocktails, local wines and healthy shakes.
Brunch starts with the likes of Dorayaki japanese pancake with red bean jam or Bulgur salad, roasted pumpkin, apple, caramelized seeds and pomegranate. For those looking for their favourite classic brunch traditions, Royal eggs – poached eggs, toasted bread, smoked salmon and hollandaise sauce can also be found.
The main menu of sharing plates includes Grilled octopus with kimuchi sauce, truffle and yuzu mayonnaise, Smoked aubergine rice, vegetables, sun dried tomato and grilled kale cabbage or from the Josper grill there is a delicious Alentejo pork shoulder blade. Dessert fans will not be disappointed with the likes of Abade de Priscos pudding, tangerine sorbet and a Portuguese take on Raspberry millefeuille.
The space, designed by RH+ Architects atelier, follows the concept of an industrial aesthetic, which incorporates “vintage” stylistic lines. Focused on creating an ambience of freshness, luminosity, and the comfort of a winter pavilion. The constructive nature of the building has been incorporated, allowing the irregularity of the structure and the raw expression of the concrete itself to be present in form. The spaces are delimited using white brick, which, like the concrete, adds richness to the space through its textures. The dimension and geometric decorative pattern, (chromatic contrasts, green and white), of the customised hydraulic mosaic, is an element with strong presence in the space, and that bridges the “vintage” aesthetic. The wooden floor, applied in an oblique style, refers to this current aesthetic. The shape of the hanging lamps; the geometric cut-out framing of the mirrors; and the vertical surface of the balconies, composed of triangular section props, interspersed with mirrored surfaces, reinforce the intended style. The natural lighting of the space complements the warm tones of interior lighting, that add a touch of comfort and cosiness, reinforced by the presence of wood. The green elements, suspended and in the form of flowerbeds, mark out the space and, together with the furniture, give the perception of an interior garden, in a communion between human intervention and the more natural environment, a key characteristic of the island of Madeira.
A firm favourite of Conde Nast Traveller’s readers, Savoy Palace is 20km from the international airport, it provides the perfect base from which to explore the stunning and varied archipelago of Madeira; there will be various excursions and activities on offer to guests. On the same latitude as Morocco, and with some of the most striking landscapes in Europe, akin to far-flung destinations such as Brazil, this Atlantic archipelago has a sub-tropical climate and dramatic mountainous terrain.
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