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Jose Avillez, one of Portugal's most celebrated chefs, runs this two-star Michelin restaurant. Young, creative, intelligent, and a perfectionist in the kitchen, Avillez loves making food. In 2011 he... Read More
Jose Avillez, one of Portugal's most celebrated chefs, runs this two-star Michelin restaurant. Young, creative, intelligent, and a perfectionist in the kitchen, Avillez loves making food. In 2011 he took over this famous establishment, which was founded 1958, and set about refurbishing the interior, adding stylish architectural flourishes but taking care not to blemish the sober and refined atmosphere Belcanto is noted for. An inventive menu of haute cuisine created by Avillez and his skilled team includes 'dip in the sea' - sea bass with seaweed and bivalves, 'salmonete' - red mullet, liver sauce, vegetable roe and cuttlefish ink dumplings, and 'cordeiro' - lamb with marinated vegetable puree and small casserole. Over 300 different wines from every region in Portugal grace the cellar, and an expert sommelier is on hand if you've difficulty choosing.
- Fine Dining: "Besides two outstsnding tasting menus diners can choose from a creative seasonal a la carte option that includes braised red mullet with clams."
- Best for Fine Dining Because: Currently Lisbon's only two-star Michelin establishment, Belcanto remains the city's fine dining reference point and its chef, José Avillez, one of Portugal's most respected chefs.