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Quinta do Lago, Portugal, opens brand new restaurant, UMAMI

Designed by interior architect Brian O’Sullivan, the restaurant shows a subtle balance between contemporary design and a nod to tradition

Quinta do Lago is excited to introduce the resort’s brand new restaurant UMAMI, opened on 18th May 2021. UMAMI is Quinta do Lago’s first restaurant to offer an Asian-fusion style cuisine and is situated within the private resident’s club of the RESERVA development, nestled beside the Ria Formosa Natural Park. Set to provide all guests with a refined and immersive dining experience, UMAMI brings a contemporary take on authentic Asian cuisine to the Algarve. From ethically sourced, sustainable seafood to a selection of traditionally inspired dishes cooked on the 'Robata Grill', this intimate restaurant seats 20 people indoors and up to 60 on the outside terrace. UMAMI is opening in conjunction with the whole resort, as it prepares to welcome back UK guests this summer.

Design & Concept
The first Asian restaurant to join Quinta do Lago’s portfolio, UMAMI is a sophisticated yet stylish twist on a traditional Japanese dining experience. Situated in one of Quinta do Lago’s most exclusive settings, the boutique culinary offering boasts stunning sunset views across the Ria Formosa and serves a mixture of high-end Asian tapas, extensive sharing menus, sustainably sourced seafood, and sushi.

The term, UMAMI, is a new concept which originates from Japanese and was officially named in the 1980s, it means the fifth basic taste ‘savouriness’ (alongside sweet, sour, salty and bitter). The taste is often described as rich and its flavour characteristic of cheese, cooked meat, mushrooms, soy and ripe tomatoes. The restaurant takes inspiration from the fisherman of the northern coastal water of Japan, grilling fish over hot coals on their boats and passing it to one another using their oars.

Designed by interior architect Brian O’Sullivan, the restaurant shows a subtle balance between contemporary design and a nod to tradition and the venue is a beautiful backdrop to the natural flow of alfresco and poolside dining. A design that is classic yet contemporary, UMAMI is surrounded by vibrant, natural surroundings and the interiors present a naturally elegant look and relaxed feel.

Set amongst nature, UMAMI is situated within the luxury RESERVA development, Quinta do Lago’s newest mixed-use project of 26 luxury apartments and is located within the development’s exclusive private resident’s club. UMAMI compliments the club’s already extensive offering which currently includes a 25-metre pool, a gym, spa treatment rooms, a members’ lounge, events space, tennis and padel courts, a bar and a children’s play area. The restaurant is available to all guests and visitors to Quinta do Lago looking to unwind in an informal setting with stunning views out to the Ria Formosa and the Atlantic Ocean.

Quinta do Lago
Nestled within the Algarve and the privacy and security of the Ria Formosa nature reserve, the unique Mediterranean resort allows guests to live a life off full possibilities in the heart of Portugal's southern coast. Sublime restaurants, a premier sports hub, boutique hotel and golden sand beach, all surrounded by three award-winning golf courses, invite you to enjoy a year-round active lifestyle.

Brian O’Sullivan