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L'And Vineyards

Montemor-O-Novo, Portugal

Innovative Portuguese cuisine in the heart of Alentejo

Chief reason to visit: Part of an uber-stylish boutique hotel in the Alentejo region, the restaurant is surrounded by breath-taking countryside, which also provides inspiration for Miguel Laffan's modern take on Portuguese cooking.

Typical dishes: Organic and biodynamic produce is treated with deep respect in dishes that reinterpret Portuguese cuisine with French and Asian flavours. Start with braised shrimp and seaweed croquette as part of a Portuguese bouillabaisse, before a main of rich roasted merino lamb with zingy spheres of yoghurt and fresh mint.

What's the vibe? 'Understated luxury' are the watchwords of this chic hotel with its own vineyards and lake. The dining room combines stone, slate and wood, plus an inverted forest of gold, silver and copper pendant lamps, while huge windows let natural light flood in.

Who is the chef? Laffan cut his teeth at Michelin-starred restaurants in Portugal, Burgundy and the South of France, before heading up the kitchens of heavyweight hotels in Portugal.

Did you know? The chef also runs Chicken All Around at the Time Out Market in Lisbon – a food stall celebrating all things chicken from Caesar salads and piri-piri to chicken soup.

On the pass

  • Miguel Laffan

Style of food

  • Modern Portuguese with international influences

Standout dish

  • Roasted Merino lamb loin