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Belcanto Restaurant: One of the Incredible Forces on the Portuguese Fine Dining Scene

28.10.2020

Belcanto is an incredible Portuguese restaurant, that is awarded two Michelin stars and definitely puts Portuguese gastronomy on the map. Consider as one of the main references in Portuguese cuisine, José Avillez has taken over the direction of the restaurant in 2012, where he has inaugurated a new chapter in the history of this stunning space, that is often awarded and is established since 1958 in the unique neighborhood of Chiado.

Let's discover the crown jewel of his empire, that offers very unique and memorable gastronomic experiences.

Awarded with two Michelin stars, and in 42nd place on "The World's 50 Best Restaurants" list, and at the helm with one of the most renowned Portuguese Chefs in the world, Belcanto is also distinguished by its privileged location, since is in the historical center of Lisbon. Moreover, is also very popular due to its impressive, welcoming, discreet, and attentive service, and last but definitely not the least by an extraordinary wine cellar that presents some of the best Portuguese wines, as well as major international references.

After taking over the Belcanto restaurant, Chef José Avillez has order a renovation that has definitely met the expectations of all the luxury lovers. In 2019, the restaurant was changed for a new location and again renovation where the decor of the space is sober yet very sophisticated. It is composed only of fifteen more seats (the previous location only had ten tables), for a total of forty-five, divided by three rooms. However, besides these seats, there will be more private rooms upstairs and an eight-seat chef's table (which can be transformed into tables of four or two) in the kitchen, whose configuration will make it more exposed for the living room. Moreover and among Belcanto kitchens, it's the exclusive space: the Chef's table, from which it is possible to observe the attentive and rigorous work of the team while an exceptional, surprise, a tasting menu is served, accompanied by a special wine menu suggested by the sommelier Nadia Desidério.

The dishes are extremely unique and creative, in which one you will revisit and savor the Portuguese gastronomy, filled with flavors and textures. Of course, and for the wine lovers, you must know that the wine list of the restaurant is extensive and diversified since it includes over 350 references. About eighty percent of the wines are Portuguese, but you will also find a wide selection of wines from all over the world, that consist of different styles, from contrasting regions, large and small producers. A plus? Younger and older wines, including some relics and rarities, are present in this incredible list that is a must for any wine and gastronomy lover.

By booking your 2020 or 2021 tour in Portugal with us you will have flexibility in the future, plus our Covid-19 Health and Safety Guidelines. Through these unique times, we are available to plan, reschedule, and move your trip around your needs, as always. If your new dates may no longer work with your initial travel plan, a dedicated consultant will be available to tailor and reschedule your tour in Portugal according to your needs and preferences, and to assure you that you will have the best and most memorable experiences.

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