Cella bar

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Perfect service, perfect food and perfect design, setting the standard to follow Feb 07, 2017
N38.54313° W28.52063° with recognition for innovated and stunning architecture, Cella Bar offers a roof top bar with seaside view for sunset over Faial and a ground floor and first floor restaurant. The designer interior includes every detail and functionally everything is part of the design. However, like great views, great designer restaurants fail (sometimes spectacular) in other departments: food and service. The first ominous sign appeared soon: Cella Bar does not accept reservations.

Our waiter appeared a bit superciliously when telling that Cella Bar has the best wine and food for us. Nevertheless, after tasting the entrée of bread and cheese, there might be any truth in it. The service was very personal, because every waiter had only a few tables to look after. They know they are delivering a great product and go for the extra mile.

On their advice we choose a rosé wine. Rosé is the weaker brother of white wine, because generally it cannot match the quality of white wine. The Azores Wine Company Rosé Vulcânico 2015 for €17,00 was a fresh, elegant and a little bit salty from the shores of Pico. We loved every drop.

Polvo a forno (roasted octopus) for €13,50 was out of this world. Wow! This was haute cuisine. A very delicate taste slowed our eating to enjoy every bit as long as it last. Without surprise, roasted octopus is the signature dish of Cella Bar beside the pork rib dish. Great carrots along the side too. As dessert we choose the mousse de chocolate Belga for €4,50. Perfect finish of an excellent gastronomic dinner, with a beautiful sunset over Faial Island as encore.

From the five restaurants we visited during our stay on Pico Island in August 2016, Cella Bar offered the best-balanced dinning experience between food, price, interior and service. Perfect is many ways and setting the standard to follow. A must-visit restaurant. Very recommended.
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