Half an hour from São Paulo downtown, in the charming city of Barueri, we can find the A QUINTA DO MARQUÊS restaurant, under the baton of experienced and competent chef Manuel Gonçalves, a specialist in Portuguese cuisine.
Chef Manuel is a young man in his 50s, extremely pleasant and knowledgeable not only of gastronomy but also of Portuguese culture.
After my effusive compliments to his fantastic work, Chef Manuel humbly agreed that the secret of a delicious meal is the quality of its ingredients. Which I totally agree with, but I also believe that Chef Manuel has the gift of transforming any ingredient into a work of art with thrilling and ravishing flavors.
As a main course, we tasted a wonderful cod fish with grilled red peppers, tomatoes, caramelized onions, potatoes and tiny black olives with fresh herbs harmonized with a delicious red wine chosen by the chef.
In the end, Pastel de Nata – the legendary specialty of Portuguese sweets – could not be missing. It can be nominated Pastel de Belém only by the Pastéis de Belém Bakery in Lisbon and in Brazil, by Chef Manuel Gonçalves, who holds its patent.
Manuel Gonçalves is also a writer and he has published his second book – O Sabor da Vida” – with special participation of Roberto Leal (Brazilian and Portuguese singer), where he shares his gastronomic experiences and Portuguese cuisine.
Chef Manuel is also responsible for the Trás-os- Montes and Alto Douro Olive Oil Route Project and the Sousa Camp Group, considered the largest mushroom production factory in the Iberian Peninsula.
Manuel Gonçalves was responsible for the renowned restaurant Flor de Sal, in the city of Mirandela, Trás-os-Montes region, considered one of the three best in Portugal.
Book “O Sabor da Vida”Chef Manuel Gonçalves