Breakfast at Penha Longa’s Il Mercato

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As part of a series from my recent trip to Portugal, my stay at Penha Longa included full breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant Il Mercato.

On the way to the restaurant I noticed there were different pieces of art for sale. Each was labeled with the piece’s name, artist and price.

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Art.

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The restaurant was located upstairs on the second floor.

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Table for two? Yes, please. It felt more like eating at a standalone restaurant than being inside a hotel.

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As we rounded the corner on the way to be seated, a table set up with coffee, tea and Pastel de nata pastries was pointed out.

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I chose a quiet table in the corner near the windows that looked out over the grounds.

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Outside seating was available too, but since it was a misty morning a bit on the cool side the inside area was more popular. I was immediately offered tea, coffee, and a selection of juices.

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The buffet was really quite extensive. There was an omelet station and plenty of hot items like hash browns, eggs, grilled tomatoes and bacon.

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There was a proper meat slicer, and the platters of meat and fish were constantly replenished.

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A healthy station held cucumber juice, house-made granola bars, veggie sticks and sliced meats.

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There was a separate kids station with fun foods like marshmallows and squeezable apple sauce. A TV with cartoons on mute, some toys and chairs for little people were nearby. At the end of the table were finger sandwiches, cookies and crackers.

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All the yogurts were locally made, and there was a good selection of cheeses and fruit.

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Loads of cereals, meat, fruit and fruit salads.

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Everything was labelled well so there was no confusion.

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I loved the breads section which had pastries that were made fresh that morning. As items got low, staff quickly brought out new stock so nothing remained empty.

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On one of the mirrors of the restaurant a famous phrase by Virginia Woolf was boldly scrawled, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” I certainly dined well at this restaurant, and would definitely return!

Did you miss some of the other reviews in this series? Click here for a review of the Penha Longa Premium Room, click here for the Penha Longa Executive Suite, click here to read about the hotel’s B Lounge Restaurant, and click here to read about a Day in Sintra. Thanks for coming along!

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