Flagship restaurant of the Six Senses hotel in the Douro Valley, Portugal
No ‘ifs or buts’, this is a wonderful hotel all round. Part of a very small chain across the world, it was lovely to be in the Douro Valley and the main restaurant proved to be a lovely place for a quick bite. The absolute highlight was the wild mushroom with potato espuma on top as an absolute knockout. The opening bean paste with bread was a little claggy and the steak tartare was unfortunately too salty as well as overdosed on emulsion (and that’s from a sauce lover) so ultimately a little too thick to enjoy, but the pasta was fine. The chef’s table menu has a quite extraordinary £250 equivalent price tag, but that is mainly because you can order whatever you like that they can do within reason. The ultimate touch I loved was the fact that you can join the head chef on a 3 mile run around the Douro vineyards at 7am on certain days of the week which I enjoyed doing, culminating in enjoying a fruit blast and granola bites on completion before breakfast. Utterly recommended if you can splash out and a stunningly designed hotel.
Food Grade: 66%