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Portuguese pit stops



Sit shoulder-to-shoulder at Funchal Paradise, a tiny restaurant that feels like stepping into a Madeiran guesthouse. Among the specials are espetadas ( hanging skewers of grilled meat and fish), served with milho frito (cubed and fried cornmeal), rice, chips and salad. It’s as popular with the Jersey locals as it is with the Madeiran expats.­adise


Mano’s Bistro is an airy restaurant tucked in the corner of West Centre in St Helier (look out for the life-size bronze sculptures of Jersey cattle). Most of the customers are drawn here for the hearty Portuguese dishes like cataplana (a seafood or meat stew) or picadinho

(a meat casserole cooked with garlic and bay leaves).


At Alfonso Bakery & Coffee Shop, the tempting display of pastries and cakes includes these classic custard tarts, as well as malassadas (yeast doughnuts) and bolo rei (also known as Christmas king’s cake, a ring-shaped treat topped with candied peel and icing sugar). Alfonso also runs a nearby supermarke­t, where you can stock up on the likes of piri-piri sauce and bacalhau (salt cod).

41 The Parade and 59 Bath Street, St Helier.

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