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Local testimonials

José Avillez

José Avillez

Chef / Gastronomy

Lisbon

José Avillez (chef)
I have had the opportunity to work in and learn about different countries and their respective cuisines. But I have no doubt about what has built my vision of national identity for the various Avillez restaurants in the city. Our soul, our ingredients, our people. A unique cuisine, which is not transportable. The Portuguese cuisine is Portugal. I am sure the food is a determining factor in choosing a tourist destination; and I also believe that it is what lingers most in the memory, for good and for bad, of anyone visiting a city or a country for the first time.
So for my cooking I draw inspiration from art, tradition, people, deconstruction, senses, travel and even packaging. In fact, often I describe my cooking as "inspired cuisine" and I always try to represent Portuguese cooking with the affection I feel that everyone has for it. Its strong personality allows the mixture of elements of traditional cooking with innovative cuisine, giving rise to great food. I seek perfection for one day to achieve excellence. And it is Lisbon that impassions and inspires me.


Recommendations

Café Lisboa

Café Lisboa

(415)

Traditional flavours and much more in an atmosphere that brings back the bohemian feel of the old Lisbon cafés.


Mini Bar

Mini Bar

(690)

This is not a traditional restaurant. Here, not everything is what it seems.


Pizzaria Lisboa

Pizzaria Lisboa

(954)

In Chiado, Pizzaria Lisboa provides every day fine Mediterranean flavours, a wide range of pizzas, fine salads, pasta dishes, risottos and irrestible desserts.


Cantinho do Avillez

Cantinho do Avillez

(1433)

Cantinho do Avillez is a relaxed meeting point in Lisbon, as well as in Oporto. Here you can sample a new style of Portuguese cuisine, clearly influenced by chef José Avillez travels.


Belcanto

Belcanto

(1420)

Belcanto restaurant received a second Michelin star and José Avillez offers Portuguese cuisine revisited in a sophisticated atmosphere.


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