Casa das Espetadas is actually part of the Vidamar Resort Hotel. However, the restaurant is situated on the main street and is open to the public.
Half-board guests at the Vidamar can book as part of the ‘dine around’ option and choose from a set menu or a EUR 15 credit against the à la carte.
The restaurant clearly used to be an Irish pub; large satellite dish on the roof, Guinness harp etched into the windows. I don’t know if the wooden tables are new, but they’ve definitely added holders for metal skewers (Espetadas).
We went for one steak and one monkfish espetada and they hang this above your table.
My only previous experience of eating from meat skewers this size has been in Brazilian restaurant where they walk around tables and offer you various choices of meat. Here you have to get the meat from the skewer yourself and that’s a little more tricky.
The EUR 12 house red wine arrived in a carafe, but was actually better than the bottles we’d had in the Vidamar buffet and Mamma Mia restaurant.
Included was the traditional garlic bread and some vegetable choices. The steak was okay but not amazing. The monkfish was dry – and thinking about this, cooking small pieces of fish on a large skewer probably isn’t the best way to cook fish.
The pudding was queijadas (cup cakes) and ice cream and that was pretty good.
The cost was EUR 19.00 which included 2 x EUR 15.00 Vidamar half-board discount.
This wasn’t a bad place, but probably only worth one visit during your stay at the Vidamar and not really worth a visit if you don’t have the half-board discount.
Casa das Espetadas
Estrada Monumental 175, Funchal, Madeira 9000-100, Portugal
+351 291 717 700