For over a century one hotel has been a must-visit destination in Funchal, Madeira. The Belmond Reid’s Palace sits perched slightly outside of the city overlooking the Atlantic ocean, every bit the classic hotel it was back in the 1900s.
Stepping out onto the terrace of the hotel it’s not hard to imagine all the glitz and glamour of the hotel’s past and to understand the reason many people still flock here for afternoon tea and delicious meals.
Like the other of the hotel’s restaurants, Villa Cipriani also has a fantastic reputation. Sitting alongside the main building it shares the hotel’s stunning views, and delivers fine dining and a great welcome for families and children.
The restaurant unsurprisingly has a strong Italian theme throughout its extensive menu which includes antipasti dishes like this Aubergine Parmagiana with mozzarella and basil, which was incredibly tasty and surprisingly packed with flavour – I’ve had bland versions in the past and this was far from those.
And this Tuna tartar with mozzarella and lime from the Chef’s daily suggestions which was light and so tasty. We chose a dairy free version topped with avocado which was just perfect and so well presented.
With a well stocked children’s menu there is plenty to suit little ones too including freshly made fish goujons with potato chips – this was a really generous dish and perfect for our youngest.
My daughter loved the tomato and mozzarella starter and a sea bass fillet for her main course which she thought was delicious.
My eldest loved the chance to try the Genovese style vegetable soup from the main menu, before tucking into a creamy spaghetti dish, both of which he polished off.
There’s so much to please so many palates, with risotto dishes, meat, pasta plates and fish dishes including this perfectly put together Sea Bass fillet with beans, spinach and tomatoes.
And the vegetarian dishes were delicious too, my pasta with pesto and green beans was light and full of flavour.
The puddings were wonderful, from chocolate mousse to lemon tartlets via an outstanding rum babas, a dessert I haven’t had for years and finished off the meal perfectly.
Villa Cipriani delivers such great food and achieves a really wonderful balance of creating a special dining experience for families and individual diners. The excellent service is delivered at just the right level and you’ll find a delightful welcome coupled with one of the best views on the island.
You can find out more about the Villa Cipriani at their website.
We were guests of Villa Cipriani for the purposes of this review, but our views are our own.