Chef José Avillez
# 78 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants of 2016
Visited: October 11th, 2016 – Dinner Service
Belcanto is a beautiful restaurant tucked in the vibrant Bairro Alto district of Lisbon, Portugal. The husband and I decided to celebrate our 12th year anniversary at this restaurant where we instantly fell in love with the delicious tasting menu that showcased Portugal’s exquisite and local ingredients.
Belcanto offers two different tasting menus. The “Lisbon Menu” consists of a 7-course tasting menu and features a more traditional but inventive series highlighting Lisbon’s evolution over time. The “Discoveries Menu” consists of a 13-course tasting menu that was influenced by Portugal’s history of discovering new lands, and how they were influenced by the worldly interactions. Unlike the “Lisbon Menu”, the “Discoveries Menu” was not printed anywhere. Our server told us that it was more of the chef’s surprise for those who dared to choose this adventure. Naturally, we opted for the Discoveries Menu as we love the element of gastronomic surprises.
Bread and Butter Service
The husband and I were both blown away by our dining experience at Belcanto. Chef Avillez mastered the perfect marriage of tradition and modernity. Through his creative tasting menu, we have tasted the nostalgia of Portugal’s pasts and savoured its many exciting discoveries.
The restaurant was elegant and the ambience was welcoming. The front of the house staff delivered a fantastic service. Each dish and wine pairings were explained.
What I loved about this tasting menu was how Chef Avillez respected the ingredients and flavours. His dishes were not just visually stunning, but also exuded well-balanced flavours. As I indulged through this beautiful tasting menu, I felt the Chef’s passion, his sense of Portuguese identity, and the soul of his food.
Any food that comes from the heart and soul is special, that is why Belcanto is one of the best and memorable dinners of our lives. A visit to Belcanto is a must when visiting Lisbon, Portugal.
Largo de São Carlos 10, 1200-410 Lisboa, Portugal