Most people will know the very well established PortArade, home of the all-inclusive lunch inFerragudo square. But what you may not know is that the current owner, Helena Foley, who has been with the business since 1991, has been very busy behind the scenes, opening three additional restaurant properties and creating a fabulous sixbedroom guesthouse above Restaurante Portarade, on the main square. With Café Beira Mar and Fusion Asian Cuisine opening in May and June of 2016 respectively, the group began to take shape, and in May 2018, Fusion Sunsubiro opened on the left corner of the square. Café Beira Mar is a relaxed esplanade, next to PortArade, serving a wide variety of breakfasts, snacks and meals throughout the day and accommodates the overflow from its well established big brother next door.
PORTARADE IS MORE THAN JUST A NAME,
IT IS A FERRAGUDO EXPERIENCE
Fusion Asian Cuisine moved to its new home on the square with Sunsubiro (sunset) and is now an all-day food and drinks venue serving breakfasts, light snacks, tapas, Sushi, Thai curries, garlic fried prawns and salads. There is an extensive cocktail and drinks menu to complement the Fusion Sunsubiro menu that offers something for everyone’s taste. Check out the new venue, where the interior is decked out with beautiful Moroccan furnishings and the terrace is modernly furnished with comfortable and stylish seating. With the original Fusion vacant, Helena decided that she would turn the premises into Burgers by Fusion, which is located on Rua Vasco da Gama No 5, just off the main square, to the right. Here, you’ll find a large choice of delicious homemade burgers, along with the already very popular fish & chips and mushy peas.
The final cherry on the PortArade cake for 2018 is the Suites@PortArade. This is a beautiful, six-bedroom guesthouse that is accessed from the side of the PortArade building. Great care has been taken to retain the original, sweeping staircase that leads up to a lovely, bright and airy reception lounge where guests can check in and enjoy the hospitality area where beverages are available. A sleek, white hallway leads into the accommodation area where there are six contemporarily styled, colour-themed, en-suite guest rooms. This is where the owner’s love of travel is apparent thanks to her attention to detail, which is second to none. Each room has its own personality; the linens are high quality as are the fittings and fixtures that include a safe. The rooms vary in dimensions, and there is even one with a charming Juliet balcony that looks out over the square. The rooms are very reasonably priced and offer a fabulous alternative to the Ferragudo hospitality scene. Rooms can be booked directly through the new website by completing an enquiry form or via Booking.com. Guests staying in Suites@PortArade are also offered a 10% discount at all of the restaurant and café bar venues under the umbrella of Brand PortArade.