High quality steaks and relaxed atmosphere at Gourmet Natural Sitting in the stunning garden setting with a freshly-made Mojito in hand, before being seated by the friendly staff in the elegant courtyard, you could be forgiven for thinking that an evening like this would cost the earth. But now, worlds apart from its former life as the Ermitage, Gourmet Natural has struck a unique balance between high-quality food, excellent service and extremely honest prices. An exquisite setting at Casa da Torre in Almancil, a grand central fountain welcomes visitors to this charismatic establishment that opened its doors in 2009, bringing an extremely refreshing concept to this part of the Algarve. Serving exclusively free-range meat that match their exacting standards, and not available elsewhere in the Algarve, Gourmet Natural is nothing short of a utopia for steak lovers. Whilst the South American hospitality, authentic wall motifs and relaxed atmosphere on the beautifully lit decking ensure your evening is unforgettable, the concept itself is a simple one: the highest quality steaks served by warm and attentive staff – all at extremely fair prices. Embracing their role as ambassadors of Uruguayan gastronomy, the chefs harbour a strong belief in natural produce and use only the finest quality ingredients. Alongside a selection of traditional mouth-watering starters, the menu offers the finest cuts of beef, including fillet, sirloin and Gauchito, the top end of the fillet, cooked on the restaurant’s special grill – the Parrilla. The menu at Gourmet Natural also includes chicken, fresh fish chosen daily from the local market and a vegetarian menu available on request (24 hours’ notice is advised), with a choice of delicious side orders to bring out the flavours of each dish to perfection. Dessert lovers are also well catered for, with the Mousse de Chocolate Cocida (baked dark chocolate mousse with vanilla ice cream) an utterly decadent choice and highly recommended. Whilst the restaurant’s outdoor bar provides a taste of summer with freshly made cocktails, a comprehensive wine list features excellent Uruguayan and Portuguese labels to best accompany your meal. Nestled in relaxing surroundings with South American music playing softly in the background, customers can enjoy this tranquil setting just a stone’s throw from the Almancil-Vale do Lobo road. A contemporary venture that has become a firm favourite with couples, groups and families alike.