Our evening dining experience here was nothing short of outstanding, and it was a fitting conclusion to the fabulous stay we had had on beautiful Fogo Island.
The restaurant was recommended to us by two different Fogo Island locals (who both provide accommodation options on the island). It's open for dinner only, with twenty seats available each evening for reservation, and a further 24 seats available each evening for walk-ins. The restaurant was very busy the evening of our visit, so reservations are recommended. We reserved in advance as some dietary considerations needed to be discussed and clarified before dining - more on that later.
It's a charming, stylish, and relaxed dining experience. The dining room itself is bright and spacious, with a huge picture window overlooking the little harbour. You won't be sitting on top of other diners. It has a retro / vintage / country cottage feel to it, with wooden tables and chairs and mismatched crockery and cutlery of the type you'd gather from bric-a-brac shops. It all works perfectly, and adds to the charm.
The menu, whilst not extensive, is innovative and interesting, with an emphasis on fresh produce and local dishes. Each of our party of four (two Canadians and two British) thoroughly enjoyed our particular meals: the Charred Kale and Beets with a side of Poutine; the Cod and Chips, and a meal of Pan-fried Cod and Potato Salad made especially for one of us. The food was delicious, fresh, and beautifully presented and served.
One particular element stood out, and for this the restaurant can only be given the highest commendation. One of our party has serious dietary restrictions, being gluten-intolerant, requiring dairy-free, and with allergies to the garlic / onion family. Her needs were catered for superbly. At the enquiry / reservation stage, numerous suggestions were made by the restaurant staff as to possible meals and modifications. This was followed through at dining stage, with her needs being catered for superbly - without fuss, with calm assurance, and with careful consideration. Bryce the chef, and his partner Celina are to be commended for their attention to detail; they bent over backwards to provide the same dining experience the others in our party enjoyed. Bryce even whipped up a non-dairy mayonnaise from scratch, to accompany the delicious Pan-fried Cod he had prepared for our diner. This attention to detail is not the norm; diners with such dietary restrictions get a bit bored with the obligatory 'green salad' which is often the only alternative. The restaurant has a reasonable wine and beer selection, and a moderate dessert selection. And don't look past the Coconut Cream Pie... it was exceptional!
Service was friendly, informative and professional; this added to a lovely evening.
The restaurant isn't particularly well-signed; look for an orange building with the word 'Scoff" in large lettering on the window. The building is set back from the street, with plenty of off-street parking. There's a few steps up to the porch in front of the restaurant, but those requiring mobility assistance have a ramp which leads into the restaurant by a rear entrance.
This restaurant is a MUST on your visit to Fogo Island. I hope we can revisit sometime soon. I recommend it fully!
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