Disclaimer: I was the Social Media Consultant for the cafe, throughout my time here from the beginning before opening), I learned how they made their hot food and the different varieties available. The opinions on this post are all of my own opinions and pictures as well, the food showcased are those which I have personally eaten and/or purchased myself. This was written just as my contract ended.
Portugal is truly a gem of a country. Hot sunny weather, amazing people, and the food! Oh, the food is delicious! True to nature, and new to the Newcastle Upon Tyne food scene, Albufeira Cafe promises all of the above and more.
Their Famous Pastel de Nata
Albufeira Cafe is bringing Portugal to Newcastle with their light and airy premise on Westgate Road, and their famous Pasteis de Nata! It’s truly a delicious little tart, make sure to have it with some cinnamon and icing sugar!
Here’s a Portuguese know how – Pastel de Nata is singular and Pasteis de Nata is plural! They are these moreish custardy and flaky Portuguese Custard tarts, having only one is almost a sin! Two is a good number for these tasty treats.
Imagine sitting by these big windows on a sunny day, sunshine pouring in, upbeat Portuguese music surrounding you with your espresso, Pastel de Nata, and a Bacalhau.
What’s a Bacalhau you asked? Tasty little morsels of fried mashed up codfish and potato, and incredibly moreish. It’s very savoury, fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside. And what’s even more delicious is their Rissois. Try their chicken or prawn Rissole. Both are incredible and my favourite has to be the Prawn, it’s creamy inside and fried dough on the outside. Gosh, I’m getting hungry writing this now!
Breakfast is a toastie affair, ham & gooey cheese with Sourdough bread or their vegetarian Tosta Verde with Mozarella, pesto, and peppers. Soup is also on their menu serving Caldo Verde, a bowl of creamy soup with collard greens and chorizo, also on their menu is their carrot and spinach soup but I heard their variety of soups may change every so often so do ask beforehand.
Instead of visiting Greggs, you can try their homemade Merenda, ham, and cheese in puff pastry pasty or a veggie version filled with mushrooms, ricotta, and spinach – dare I say, it’s fresher and tastier than some of the ones in Greggs!
For lunch, have their House Special Bifana. A sandwich, actually its more than a sandwich. A soft crusty bread filled with flavourful marinated pork slices with hints of garlic, onion, and white wine, a fried egg, sauteed onions, and add cheese and ham to the mix, and you have the special Bifana. Do add their Portuguese mustard which has less of a kick than the English mustard and definitely add Piri Piri sauce – you get the best tasting Bifana ever!
If you’re gluten intolerant or fancy their rice, try their Bifana on the plate, which consists of pork slices, salad, rice or chips, and a fried egg.
Dessert or Sweet Treats
For dessert or an all-day must-have in my eyes, their Bolo de Arroz is an interesting one and a blessing, it’s a Portuguese Rice cake which is similar to a moist muffin, not too sweet and delicious (especially with an espresso). Their Bola de Berlim is a giant custard doughnut with sugar all around … I mean…it is hard not to have this when someone tells you it’s a giant doughnut! It’s soft, custard filling, and everything you’d want in a doughnut especially a GIANT doughnut.
Let’s not forget their drink selection. I keep hearing everyone loving their pineapple Sumol, and everyone is not wrong. It’s fizzy but not as fizzy as cola with a deliciously refreshing taste of pineapple. Compal is their juice option with flavours like peach and mango. Mango is always a good idea. The star for me is their coffee, a seemingly popular brand called Delta, they make it strong, not burnt, and has a good flavour. You’ll turn into an energizer bunny after one in a good way.
Albufeira Cafe Newcastle opening hours
Albufeira Cafe is open from Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm, and I know they take phone orders from Monday to Thursday which is super good for getting their custard tarts or ordering for your lunch for collection. No bookings are required and sit-ins are welcomed as a first come first serve basis. They also accept card and cash payments.
Visit and you’ll feel like you’re in Albufeira by the coast and ignore that you’re in Newcastle for a moment. Don’t be shy and try everything! They are constantly adding new things to their menu especially on SATURDAYS so do keep a lookout for it. Previously they had Moelas, a chicken gizzard stew which was surprisingly delicious! (Especially with rice).
And while you’re here, check out how many landmarks you can spot on their wall!
Phone: 0191 447 0700
Address: 179 Westgate Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 6AA