Roteiro de restaurantes gourmet

1 Eleven
Restaurante ElevenImagine a restaurant at the top of Parque Eduardo VII, with a spectacular panoramic view of Lisbon and a minimalist architecture adorned with modern paintings and decorative stones. Add to this a kitchen run by one of the most respected chefs working in Portugal and the result is Eleven. This restaurant is, since its opening in November 2004, one of Lisbon’s most reputable. Chef Joachim Koerper was born in Germany, but was adopted by the Mediterranean culture and there he gets inspiration in the local, fresh and natural ingredients to handle them with art and creativity thus presenting a cuisine that has earned many international awards. He was a founding partner of Eleven and managed to get, as early as 2005, a Michelin star for the Eleven, which was lost in late 2010. [caption id="attachment_6240" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Chef Joaquim Koerper"]Chef Joaquim Koerper[/caption] The chef is a master in reinventing the flavours that he presents in a menu that renews itself over the seasons. Of course there are classics such as lamb carré or roasted lobster. For dessert, suggestions are caramel crème brûlée with butter and fleur de sel, Ivory Coast chocolate ice cream or coffee sauce with rum. In addition to à la carte service, Eleven has three distinct menus: Express to more rushed people (only served for lunch on weekdays), Eleven (three dishes and a dessert) and Tasting (five dishes, a selection of cheeses and an assortment of desserts). The wine list has tens of labels, including all the Portuguese wine regions and even French, Australian and Californian wines. Expect a service to match with all the previous and remember that is highly recommended to book a table. As for the dress code, wear nothing less than business casual. Note that Eleven is closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays.
2 Assinatura
Assinatura is located between largo do Rato and rua Castilho and is fronted by chef João Sá. This restaurant was opened in May 2010 and it's installed on two floors. The chef’s table at the basement, which hosts up to 15 people (but cannot be booked in advance), distinguishes Assinatura from most restaurants. Here, you can interact with the chef and his team, who offer customers a multitude of surprising sensory challenges. Assinatura closes on sundays and, on mondays and saturdays, only serves dinners. However, on fridays and saturdays, it's open until 11.30 p.m. In Assinatura’s kitchen, accuracy and audacity walk side by side, enhancing the natural flavour of traditional products, but with chef João Sá's own twist. Here you can taste dishes such as sautéed foie gras with apple purée and curry or crab with green apple and pickled vegetables. As main dishes, try lamb loin with pistachio and truffle couscous. For desserts, try the chocolate mousse or ice-creams with different flavours. Do not forget the careful selection of wines, which came from all over the country and that can also be served by the glass.
3 Pedro e o Lobo
Pedro e o LoboPedro e o Lobo is located in rua do Salitre and owes its name to a contemporary art gallery that previously existed in that same place. The menu focuses mostly in fusion cuisine, which matches the modern décor and the wooden coatings that somehow resemble the Nordic architecture. In spite of its big windows facing the exterior, Pedro e o Lobo keeps a constant dim lighting creating an intimate and calm ambience. It’s also pretty common to find several businessmen in Pedro e o Lobo’s tables at lunchtime.  The restaurant closes on Sundays and on Mondays and Saturdays only opens for dinners. Pedro e o LoboSince 2014 that chef Frederico Correia is the man in charge of Pedro e o Lobo’s kitchen. The menu focus once again on seasonality, wherefore the ingredients vary according to the season. Be that as it may, starters like shrimp dim sum with soy sauce or tuna tartar are not to be missed. Amongst main courses (they’re listed as “principais” on the menu), we highlight the smoked duck magret with chestnut, persimmon and pomegranate or the fish with southwestern migas (mashed bread with garlic). As for the dessert, keep an eye on the lemon meringue pie. The wine list is eclectic and well varied and you can even choose wine by the glass. The bar area, near the entrance, allows smokers.
4 Tavares
TavaresTo put it down in few words, Tavares is an unique restaurant. Founded in 1784 and located at Chiado, it is the oldest restaurant in Portugal and, according to the Guiness Book of Records, the seventh oldest in the world. During the 19th century, the intellectual elites of Lisbon settled themselves within these rooms, which still maintain their original settings – their baroque style still is unparalleled. The restaurant itself has aged well and, in 2009, reached a high point by receiving its first Michelin star, renewed in 2010. TavaresWith this in mind, one must not think about expenses when deciding to dine at the Tavares, but you can do it assured that you won’t leave unsatisfied. Lunch menus are a bit cheaper, though. You can always expect gourmet ingredients in portuguese, french and mediterranean cuisine to be explored in truly sophisticated fashion, offering a set of dishes that vary seasonally to offer the best that each season has. To accompany your meal, there’s a large selection of premium local and international wines on offer.
5 Largo
Restaurante LargoThe restaurant Largo is located at largo do Teatro de São Carlos, at Chiado's historic centre and occupies one of the naves of the former Convento da Igreja dos Mártires cloister. The space, designed by architect Miguel Câncio Martins, is divided in a main floor and a superior mezzanine, mixing the original arches with modern design elements. Beyond the porch light, three huge tanks with luminous jellyfish stand out. This luxurious environment is accompanied by chef's Miguel Castro e Silva (also responsible for De Castro Elias) cuisine, which knows how to combine sophistication with simplicity. Restaurante Largo: Borrego com Legumes SalteadosAs starters, we would suggest scallops with corn bread or marinated sea bass with fresh herbs. Afterwards you can enjoy the famous creation of this chef, codfish with wild mint bread quenelles or instead the sautéed squids with shrimp. Regarding meat dishes, roasted pork with grilled polenta or braised lamb shank on sautéed vegetables. Finish with a chocolate mousse served at zero degrees or a honey pudding with whipped cream cheese. There is also available a vegetarian option. At lunch, there is a fixed price menu, more affordable, which includes an appetizer and a dish (no drinks or dessert). The wine list is comprehensive and allows servings by the glass. The restaurant Largo offers a valet parking service and has a smoking area. It is open every day of the week. Watch the video!
6 Belcanto
Restaurante BelcantoThe restaurant Belcanto, next to teatro São Carlos, is a serious case of longevity, as it opened in 1955. In 2012, it was renovated by its new owner, the chef José Avillez. It is a sober space, oriented towards the traditional Portuguese cuisine, focusing on the details, which are visible all the way from the décor through to the food. Divided in two rooms (one for smokers), it has an aristocratic English club look. An installation made from old books, signed by Joan Astolfi, makes up its interior. This restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays BelcantoAs for the kitchen, the remodeling has not undermined the traditional Belcanto's menu. The chef José Avillez kept some of the everlasting dishes, like eggs à professor style (scrambled eggs with chorizo and fried bread cubes, a common request among regular patrons), or the tasty stroganoff. But chef José Avillez added some new items to the menu: sea bass with seaweeds and shellfish, pork's souse with coriander and red mullet with vegetables roe. Also available are three fixed-price menus, one of which is available at lunchtime. The wine card has more than 300 entries, among which you can find the best Portuguese and worldwide wines.
7 Tágide
TágideO restaurante Tágide, pela sua localização privilegiada no Chiado, oferece uma das melhores vistas panorâmicas de Lisboa, que se estende desde o Castelo de São Jorge até ao rio Tejo. A sua história iniciou-se em 1973, começando por ser um restaurante associado a um clube (discoteca), por onde passaram nomes famosos como o cantor Charles Aznavour. O Tágide está instalado num edifício pombalino de dois pisos, construído após o sismo de 1755, com uma decoração que combina requinte e tradição. A começar no bar no piso térreo e através de uma escadaria de balaustres dourados, até à sala de refeições, no primeiro andar, tudo recria o ambiente de um pequeno palácio aristocrático. Tágide - Sala de refeiçõesEm 2007, após uma remodelação que respeitou as suas características próprias, o restaurante Tágide iniciou uma nova era, cujo desenvolvimento tem merecido referências positivas em guias turísticos como o Michelin e o Repsol. Tendo em conta a experiência que o Tágide pode proporcionar, é de referir que os seus proprietários têm feito um esforço para apresentar preços mais razoáveis do que o estilo exclusivo deste restaurante pode sugerir. A sua gastronomia foi igualmente reformulada em 2007, mas mantendo alguns dos pratos característicos da casa, como o creme de santola ou o bacalhau com presunto e espinafres sobre puré de grão. TágideA sua a cozinha define-se como portuguesa, com influências internacionais. É um reflexo da nacionalidade portuguesa do chef Luís Santos, que viveu 15 anos na Suíça. O serviço é cuidado e requintado, correspondendo em todos os pormenores à experiência que se pretende especial. A ementa é fixa, com variações sazonais, mas oferece alternativas económicas aos almoços, com menus do dia que incluem entrada, prato, sobremesa, bebida e café. Ao jantar, sugere-se um menu de degustação que inclui vários pratos combinados com quatro copos de vinhos adequadamente escolhidos. A carta de vinhos é totalmente portuguesa. A reserva de mesa é aconselhável, sobretudo se preferir uma das mesas com melhor vista sobre a cidade. O Tágide encerra aos domingos e segundas-feiras.
8 Faz Figura
Faz FiguraThe Faz Figura restaurant has a superb view over Lisbon, since it's located on top of Alfama and facing the Tagus river (near the train station of Santa Apolonia). In addition to an interior fancy room it features a large glazed balcony, making it a true viewpoint. Renovated in 2007, won a prominent place for the location, but also because it promotes a luxury service, where coexist harmoniously businessmen in suit and tie with the spirit of casual tourists. Its decor is modern and bold, with a design furniture and notes in red and pink. Restaurante Faz FiguraThe sophistication extends to the menu, based on portuguese and Mediterranean flavors, with a careful and original confection. The tasting menus are a good option to get carried away by the variety of flavors offered here, varying with the seasons. The wine list is varied and also includes its own brand, clarifying the Faz Figura goal in this matter. Has no closing weekly day but prior booking is advised to ensure table. Has a smoking room. The car parking is tricky at that area but the restaurant has valet parking service.
9 Alma
[caption id="attachment_5767" align="alignright" width="150"]Henrique Sá Pessoa Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa[/caption] Alma (“soul”) opened in 2009 and is established in Santos. Created by chef Henrique Sá Pessoa, it’s his first individual project. Inside, the clean and ever so white decoration really makes an impact – but not as much as the food. Sá Pessoa pays homage to the Portuguese cooking tradition, recreating recipes with a personal and very contemporary twist. Alma opens for dinners only and its closed on Sundays and Mondays; as it is small, booking is advised. You can count on the subterranean lot on the cross between Dom Carlos I and 24 de julho avenues to park your car. Restaurante AlmaIn Alma, among main specials, you’ll find mandatory classically inspired creations, such as confit piglet with sweet potato fondant, codfish with chickpea purée and sardine tempura. For dessert, you can choose between crème brûllé with strawberries or pineapple pie and spices with cardamom ice cream. The wine list is pretty attractive and you can order several wines by the glass. Alma also offers two degustation menus, more economical: one named Alma, with appetizer, main special and dessert; the other one is called Degustation with five different dishes.
10 Feitoria

Restaurante FeitoriaIntegrated in the Altis Belém Hotel & Spa complex, the Feitoria restaurant counts with the mastery of chef José Cordeiro, who has earned two Michelin stars over his career. The second was won at the command of Feitoria, in the 2012 edition of that gastronomic guide. This is a gourmet restaurant with a signature cuisine, where the Portuguese gastronomy mixes with the Eastern's most exotic culinary. The ambience is luxurious and its theme is the Portuguese discoveries. At the entrance, a reception area (wine bar) hosts a small set of tables with a back wall, which is also a refrigerator that houses 1,800 wine bottles. The dining room is spacious, with a capacity for about 64 people and benefits from the proximity to the bright Tagus river.

FeitoriaAt Feitoria, the menu is seasonal and full of creative dishes. At lunch it offers an executive menu and for dinner are suggested tasting menus, with four to five dishes. As it can be hard to choose between the available dishes, it is possible to book a creative menu with an advance of two days to be later surprised with the chef's imagination, in a composition of dishes, with no pre-established price. The Feitoria restaurant has an extensive Portuguese and foreign wines' list and also offers menus of waters, oils, teas and even cigars. This restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

11 Arola
Restaurante ArolaArola is the high-end restaurant by Catalonian chef Sergi Arola, settled in Penha Longa Hotel, in Sintra. The culinary star chose a room with no walls between the kitchen and the bar, taking advantage of a huge window that baths the room with lots of natural light. A sole balcony, overlooking the kitchen, invites to try one of the 80 cocktails, while you choose between the degustation menu or the tapas (small nacks) created by chef Arola. On Mondays and Tuesdays, this restaurant closes at 7 p.m., on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 12 a.m. and from Saturday to Sunday at 2 a.m. Restaurante ArolaArola stands out for its bold reinterpretation of traditional tapas. With a strong Mediterranean influence, Arola’s kitchen is supplied with local products only. One can try limed sardines with passion-fruit vinaigrette, royal-crab salad or codfish carpaccio. Of course you can take a chance and try the exotic feijoada de caracóis (snails with a bean stew) or the famous cup-shaped wild potatoes à la Arola, hand molded by the chef. For the dessert, recommendation goes to the “sweet moment”, a creation that explores the combined flavour of coconut and passion fruit.

Restaurante TavaresEm Lisboa, a tradição de bem comer vem de trás. Esta cidade é um viveiro gastronómico — com um pé na tradição e outro na inovação —, com restaurantes que andam nas bocas do mundo e que ostentam, merecidamente, estrelas Michelin e outras distinções. Conhecê-los, é também conhecer a história da cozinha portuguesa e dos seus melhores chefs. O mais exclusivo restaurante de Lisboa, o Tavares, abriu portas em 1784 e desde então que mantém uma clientela atraída pela decoração requintada e elevação culinária. É um local de charme, que vive também do facto de ser o mais antigo restaurante de Portugal e o sétimo mais antigo do mundo (segundo o livro de recordes Guinness).

TágideO Belcanto, fronteiro ao teatro de São Carlos e aberto desde 1958, é outro sinónimo de requinte e até de aristocracia. A sua cozinha é assinada pelo chef José Avillez, que lhe mantém a aparência de clube inglês. Ao lado, encontra o Largo, onde clássico e moderno se fundem numa arrojada decoração. Assinado pelo chef Miguel Castro e Silva, apresenta uma cozinha criativa, onde sobressaem o bacalhau de cura portuguesa com migas, o cachaço de porco preto com polenta e a mousse de chocolate a zero graus. Com uma história que remonta a 1973, o Tágide é um dois-em-um: junta a vista panorâmica do castelo de São Jorge até ao rio Tejo com a mestria do chef Luís Santos, que concebeu pratos como creme de santola e bacalhau com presunto e espinafres. Contudo, só nos últimos anos é que a oferta de bons restaurantes cresceu com consistência, em Lisboa. Nesta nova vaga, destaca-se o Eleven, que inaugurou em 2004, sob a batuta do chef Joaquim Koerper e rapidamente arrebatou uma estrela Michelin.

Restaurante AlmaMas, em Lisboa, existem ainda restaurantes jovens, como o Alma. Da cozinha do chef Henrique Sá Pessoa, saem pratos como leitão confitado com fondant de batata-doce e bacalhau com puré de grão e tempura de sardinha. Outro incontornável é o Feitoria, onde a imaginação do chef José Cordeiro alcançou duas estrelas Michelin, em 2012. E quem não abdica de uma boa vista, deve conhecer o Faz Figura, um miradouro no topo de Santa Apolónia. Também chama a atenção pela carta baseada em sabores portugueses e mediterrâneos, que vai alterando consoante a sazonalidade. Já no Pedro e o Lobo, nas mãos do chef Diogo Noronha, reinam a irreverência e o desafio, que se espelham tanto na arquitetura, como no menu sazonal. No Assinatura, a irreverência é palavra de ordem: desde logo pela mesa fixa no teto, mas principalmente pela oportunidade de reservar a mesa do chefe, com vista para a cozinha de João Sá e equipa. Por último, fica uma sugestão para quem a distância não é obstáculo. Chama-se Arola e está integrado no Penha Longa Hotel, em Sintra. Criado pelo chef Sergi Arola (uma rockstar da culinária, com restaurantes em vários continentes), este espaço de cozinha de autor apresenta-se com sofisticadas criações de inspiração mediterrânea – as batatas bravas à Arola são imperdíveis. Mais um exemplo das revelações gastronómicas que encontrará dentro deste menu de restaurantes gourmet.