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Dona Filipa Hotel Welcomes a New Chef & a New Ethos

12 February 2016


A Great New Beginning for the Dom Duarte Grill Restaurant

King Dom Duarte of Portugal, and his brother, Dom Henrique were keen champions of Portuguese exploration. Between them they oversaw the huge expeditions of the 14th and 15th centuries, started the country’s first nautical school and helped bring back a wide range of spices, exotic ingredients and treasure from the new world.

In honour of their great contribution to Portugal, the new menu at the Dom Duarte grill is inspired by many of the exciting influences brought back from a host of epic voyages to places such as Malacca, Goa, Timor, Mozambique and Brazil.

This menu of contemporary creations is designed to delight, inspire and deliver a delicate fusion cuisine that is based on traditional Mediterranean flavours, the cultures we visited and embraced… and the rich Portuguese history we built along the way.

Our New Resident Chef: Luis Filipe Batalha

The man behind these exciting creations has worked at some of the most exclusive hotels and dining rooms in the business… from world leading 5-star resorts, to Michelin starred restaurants.

After claiming a litany of Gold Prizes in a range of competitions… and winning the coveted title of Innovation Chef of the Year – Chef Batalha has joined Dona Filipa Hotel, bringing with him a wealth of experience and exciting flavours.

An expert in classical Mediterranean and gourmet cuisine, the chef is launching a brand new menu in our Dom Duarte’s famous grill restaurant, which will combine exquisite flavours from Portugal’s glistening past and present. Here you will find exciting dishes, such as, Lobster & Coconut Cappuccino; Prawn with mango and coriander with almond cream; and Poached Couch Sea Bream, salicorne risotto and chorizo brioche. See the full mouth-watering menu here.

Grand Visions for Dona Filipa & Dom Duatre

Chef Batalha has been pushing boundaries and winning huge accolades for almost 20 years. He has arrived at the Dona Filipa Hotel with the intention of delivering quality, innovation... and the finest gourmet creations available anywhere in the Algarve.

We hope you can join us in sampling his award winning food soon. We guarantee you will not be disappointed.

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Loulé Carnival & Volta ao Algarve 2018

This February, experience Portugal’s oldest and largest carnival in Loulé. Then, all eyes are on the Algarve for Volta ao Algarve, Portugal’s biggest cycling event. Both of which can be enjoyed during a luxury five-star stay at Dona Filipa Hotel.

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JJW’s five-star Portuguese resorts, Dona Filipa Hotel and Penina Hotel & Golf Resort are in the running for the country’s Best Golf Hotel; whilst the group’s San Lorenzo, Pinheiros Altos and Sir Henry Cotton Championship golf courses are all nominated for Portugal’s Best Golf Course.

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Vale do Lobo, Algarve, Almancil, 8135-034, Portugal, Tel: +351 289 357 200, Fax: +351 289 357 201, donafilipahotel@jjwhotels.com