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Faro, August 20, 2021

Al fresco dining at Checkin

" The concept of a journey is the philosophy behind the restaurant's philosophy "

Members and guests were warmly welcomed by Chef Leonel Pereira and his Maître d’ Delfim João on arrival at “Checkin”, Chef Leonel’s restaurant situated close to the harbour in central Faro.

Hospitality venues, it was clear, were taking full advantage of the old city’s wide cobbled pavements and beautifully warm evenings to provide opportunities to welcome guests again. This despite COVID-19 restrictions regarding table seating numbers even on esplanades and terraces outdoors.

Once our group was seated Sommelier Vitor d’Avó began to unveil the journey through his chosen wines. He had chosen a route for the selected wines from a single grape through a two-grape blend, onto the final wine with its four grape varieties.

The concept of a journey is the philosophy behind the restaurant’s name “Checkin”. Chef Pereira was previously at São Gabriel restaurant where he obtained a Michelin star. He wishes to portray a journey through a creative culinary career showcasing his innovative approach using local sustainable products and preserving their individual flavour.

He invites his diners to check in for this journey. We accepted his invitation with excited anticipation of the gastronomic delights that awaited us.

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The presentation of a token of appreciation from the Bailliage of the Algarve to the establishment was made. Coffee and tea served with pineapple jelly stars under the Algarve stars brought an enjoyable meal to an end.

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