Without question the best restaurant in Lisbon, and probably in the whole of Portugal, Belcanto serves elaborated contemporary Portuguese cuisine. You should save it for your last night in town as you’ll want to remember this experience for a very long time!
Chef José Avillez kick started a much needed revolution in contemporary Portuguese cuisine, when he presented bold Portuguese flavours in his dishes at Belcanto, granting him yet another Michelin Star just a few months from the opening.
Dishes like the Jackson Pollock skate or Rebentação (Portuguese for Surf); an edible and sensory trip into what one can find on a Portuguese beach are an example of the influence Chef Avillez brought from his time with Ferran Adrià at El Bulli.
As you walk in the restaurant, there is a full wall bookshelf, where the missing books spell in a verse by one of the most famous Portuguese writers and a Chef avillez favourite, Fernando Pessoa; “To be great, be whole”. Deep down this is what he is trying do to do to Portuguese Cuisine and for himself.