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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a great restaurant - you see what is being cooked, very clean kitchen, chef has everything under control and looks as though he loves his job, food looks and tastes excellent, all waiting staff very friendly and competent, house wine taste like from...good bottle of wine. Overall great experience - cannot recommend it enough.More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Cuisine is of the highest standard, service is attentive and warm and atmosphere is very fun; the only thing: a more original piped music would have been total.

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant is the reason why we differentiate between food that repletes your stomach and food that goes beyond...After the first fork, there's no choice than to close your eyes and enjoy the rich and complex flavors of the tuna tatar. The beef and vegetables...then finally lift you up into flavor-heaven! 10 out of 10 - defintaley visit Akua!More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing experience! We came here without reservation and sat at the bar. So we’ve got not only fantastic food, but also unexpected cooking show on air 😍 So nice to see how care all the stuff cooking and how chef check and serve every plate....Honestly, it was a new level of tasting food and meeting português culture. Thank all the team for our incredible evening! Totally must visitMore

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

30 minutes wait for water only to come after a prompt. Second beer never arrived… food okay but just didn’t look appetising… very green… many could compare it to many things other than freshly cooked quality local food. Shame. Had great expectations only to be...disappointedMore

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing Portuguese cuisine with deep flavors and some of the best rice dishes you will find anywhere in Portugal or it’s islands. We had such a wonderful experience, our first night that we decided to go back for a second time during our trip. This...is a must visit restaurant in Madeira.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed a very pleasant dinner at Akua. Our server Filipa was was friendly and described each dish perfectly. She offered great food and wine recommendations and made the meal very enjoyable. We started with the Sardines which were a nice light starter. They fish...was tasty on its own and I didn’t think the accompanying sauces added much to it. We really enjoyed the fish sausage which rotates the fish but we had Tuna, Red Snapper and another fish mixed with charcoal. All three were delicious, especially the red snapper. The accompaniments in this case changed the flavors so we mixed and matched between them and just the fish. The Red Snapper stood out on its own. For entrees we enjoyed the braised tuna with razor clam risotto. Very tasty preparation of tuna and the risotto was cooked well and flavorful. The standout entree was the Creamy Carabinieri and Seafood Rice. The base is a creamy risottoish preparation with a good helping of various seafood in a tomato base. The Carabinieri added great flavor as well. Be aware the Carabinieri is served whole and it’s suggested to pour the juices from the head into the broth, a messy but worthwhile endeavor. Fortunately, they provide some wet naps to clean your hands! The rice was extremely flavorful with a stew like consistency. I had to order some bread to soak up some additional broth. I would highly recommend trying one of their three Seafood Rice dishes, each has the same base with just the main protein different, choice between Carabinieri, Grouper or lobster and mussels. The first two can be ordered as a half portion for one person while the third is only available for two. I Would definitely recommend dining here.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic experience! As a female solo traveller I often hesitate in very nice restaurants if they seem formal, but the rave reviews here made me stop by Akua one evening out of curiosity, when walking by, tired after a tour. One of the very nice...service staff came over to ask if he could help, was exceptionally polite and said it wasn’t a problem to dine alone. The bar area where you can watch the chefs, makes eating alone here a pleasure - not at all self conscious! There were several other people there on their own who seemed to be as foodie—focused as me. Even nicer, I was able to have the large dish down as being for 2 pax, tailored as a 1/2 potion ie for 1 person. Thankyou particularly to the friendly tall waiter who helped me with that. And then there’s the food- absolutely delicious. Innovative yet hearty fish dishes cooked to perfection. The grouper on seafood rice with seaweed was divine. The tuna delicious. Portions are generous - so sadly I could not try desert. If it had not been my last day in Funchal, I’d have gone back. The bill was really reasonable too- far better value, taste and ambiance than the places near the market. All the staff were polite and helpful. I’d suggest reserving- it’s worth it! Hands down one of the nicest restaurants I’ve been recently.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous food. Perfect table near door with view of the open kitchen and pass. Friendly efficient service. Thoroughly recommended.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Everything was really nice, from the serving till the end of the evening, our guide in this place was Victor, he extremely nice with us, service was on a high level, also we received perfect recommendations regarding to the order. Starters and main dishes were...amazing, taste - it was something special, portions size also was nice. Recommend to visit this placeMore

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing food and unique experience thanks to one and only Mr Wiktor. Ceviche and tuna tatar highly recommended. Robert Makłowicz can’t be wrong.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed May 6, 2024 via mobile

Supergood food, the trout starter was extraordinary. Good wine and nice staff. I strongly recommend this restaurant.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed May 4, 2024 via mobile

This was a really great experience and great food and service We were served great food with great local wine. The kitchen is open and visible and great to see how the chefs are working Really impressed her

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed May 4, 2024 via mobile

The food was amazing. We took different dishes to share and nothing disappointed, everything was so tasteful and fresh. It’s situated in a small pleasant street, lovely to sit outside. The staff was also very friendly. Would definitely recommend!!!

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed May 3, 2024 via mobile

Excellent food, very frieandly Staff and nice atmosphere! All dishes where cooked perfectly and all of them were creative and delicious.

Date of visit: May 2024
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