Camiño da Serpe transmits the strength of a rebellious nature. In our kitchens we manage to be mediators between that extraordinary natural world and the dish.
Welcome to «The Farthest Cuisine of the World», an adventure in seven steps.
As in the case of Itaca, when you set out for the “Camiño da Serpe”, hope your road is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery.
When you get to your destination you will find a white building, inspired by the whitewashed houses of the sailors; a bunker which spread the strength of the place by itself, such as a concrete and glass Pandora box unable to keep its secret.
When you get inside, in the dinning room, you feel as if nature had been subdued, as if a tamer were able to control the natural textures to enlighten us. Light, the main element of the building, makes us feel inside and outside at the same time. That particular game appears in the first two appetizers … Now we caress the stripe skin menu and decide how long we want our trip to last; let’s go…
At the centre of the building, on a thrilling quartzite slab that seems to float in the air of the dining room, a cook makes the third of the appetizers right in front of the client, explaining each detail in a game of gastronomic seduction. Above, an astonishing iron and light structure, inspired by the mussel rafts, shows itself as the artwork that it is.
At the table, the five meters tall concrete beams that rise at the sides turns on an unimportant detail before the immensity of the estuary. Dishes will be sequenced at the pace of the small boats entering and leaving the harbour of Raxó, carrying in and out the joyful and sad mystery of the ones who come and go.
The cooks tell us about flavours, secrets, lies and truths and they bring in and take out porcelain, baskets, knives, fabrics and many other little art pieces especially made for to live unforgettable moments in a unequaled place.
Coming up! –say the cooks to the chef’s orders. Entering the kitchen of this restaurant is like lifting a Ferrari hood, one realizes that everything else, all the luxury that surrounds it is accessory and that what really matters is the power of a superb engine.
Outside, nature commands. A garden of15,000 m2 shows more than 200 different tree species –some are cultivated and some are wild- sheltering rabbits, roe deers, foxes and wild boars as well as countless passing birds, lizards, stag beetles, worms, crickets and many other species which are the true inhabitants of Camiño da Serpe.
At the kitchen garden you will find the aromatic secret of many dishes: petals, stems, roots and leaves that fasten Pepe Vieira’s cuisine to the land and give them the ancestral and profound sense of those who deep their roots in the land.
The balcony faces east and in the summer time you can feel the sea salt on your face, remove your shoes and feel the grass between your fingers while the cut fresh grass scent mixed with the latest sweets and digestives.