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Almancil, Portugal

Austa

What’s the restaurant in a nutshell?

Austa, a culinary haven in Almancil, Algarve, is a multifaceted celebration of sustainable gastronomy and sophisticated design. Opened in the summer of 2023, Austa reflects a commitment to low-intervention and sustainable choices by its founders, Emma and David Campus. This ethos is vividly expressed through its all-day eatery serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, complemented by a retail section and a Mediterranean herb and vegetable garden. The architectural finesse of Studio Gameiro expertly translates Austa’s vision into a space deeply connected to the Algarve’s heritage and artisanal traditions. At its core, Austa is a story of passion and transformation, amalgamating global culinary experiences into a unique gastronomic venture, with founding Chef David Barata at the helm.

What are the signature dishes?

The menu at Austa, designed by Head Chef David Barata, tells a story through its close relationships with local purveyors, showcasing the authenticity and simplicity of the Algarve’s produce. Breakfast offerings include poached organic eggs with roasted Hokkaido pumpkin, toasted sourdough from Essência Bakery, creamy yoghurt and sour cream from local goat milk and house-made banana bread with bananas from Portugal’s only mainland organic banana farm. The lunch menu features sourdough with olive oil from Évora, whipped pork lard, artisanal cheese and charcuterie plates and smoked fish from Vila Real de Santo António. Dinner at Austa offers a more refined experience, including dishes from the lunch menu and seasonal specialities like wild foraged mushrooms from Viseu with burnt butter hollandaise, velvety brill line-caught off the coast of Sagres, and succulent lamb and pork from the Algarve, Alentejo and Andalusia.
Austa Almancil Argarve Portugal restaurant café
Austa Almancil Argarve Portugal restaurant café
Austa Almancil Argarve Portugal restaurant café
Austa Almancil Argarve Portugal restaurant café
Austa Almancil Argarve Portugal restaurant café
Austa Almancil Argarve Portugal restaurant café

Drinks, anyone?

David Campus’s journey through Portugal’s viniculture heavily influences Austa’s drinks menu. The wine list is a curated selection of small-batch, low-intervention wines from Portugal and Andalusia, reflecting the founders’ dedication to uncovering hidden stories within the wine industry. This approach to wine selection is paralleled in their other beverage offerings, including organic and natural teas and coffees sourced from local producers.

What’s the region like?

While the Algarve is sometimes humorously branded as a favourite for those sporting a touch of grey, it’s a region that defies such narrow pigeonholing. Sure, it’s a paradise for those seeking a tranquil escape, with its idyllic beaches and world-class golf courses. But there’s so much more to this vibrant corner of Portugal. The Algarve pulses with youthful vigour, evident in the lively surf scene at Sagres, the bustling streets of Faro and the cultural richness of Tavira. Its appeal transcends age, offering something for everyone – from historic explorations in Silves to vibrant nightlife in Albufeira. The Algarve is a dynamic destination with a charm that resonates with all who wander its picturesque landscapes.

Austa Almancil Argarve Portugal restaurant café
Austa Almancil Argarve Portugal restaurant café
Austa Almancil Argarve Portugal restaurant café
Austa Almancil Argarve Portugal restaurant café
Austa Almancil Argarve Portugal restaurant café
Austa Almancil Argarve Portugal restaurant café
Austa Almancil Argarve Portugal restaurant café
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Austa
R. Cristóvão Pires Norte
Almancil
Portugal

Photography courtesy of Daniel Schafer, Zavial Studio and Austa

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Details

Austa
R. Cristóvão Pires Norte
Almancil
Portugal

Photography courtesy of Daniel Schafer, Zavial Studio and Austa

Urban

Rural

Trendy

Classic

Happening

Serene

Affordable

Lavish

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