Belcanto delivers – worthy of the Michelin 2 Stars
Gary White reviews Belcanto:
Belcanto is the stand out restaurant in Lisbon and possibly Portugal. It is not cheap at all – and makes London’s Michelin restaurants look affordable – but it was recently voted in the top 50 restaurants in the world – with justification I feel. All staff speak English at this very internationally focussed establishment.
We arrived at 1 pm for a lunch – 3 adults and 2 children and we were made very welcome. We were entertained for 2.5 hours. The adults opted for the Taste of Lisbon menu – about 7 courses including amuse bouche with matched wine. The wine list is almost 100% Portuguese and probably second to none in its range an depth. Highlights were a 1984 Dao white wine and a 2005 Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) from Lisboa region. Superb Master Sommelier, very friendly and helpful.
The food was Jose Avillez’s interpretation of classic Portuguese dishes – seafood, sea bass, and leitão (suckling pig) for example. Great feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Top class ingredients and the freshest fish you could hope for. The boys were catered for with bespoke dishes – steak and fries and sea bass and fries. Young Thomas even got to meet the chef and the kitchen team.
A great experience with truly superb customer-focussed staff. A real food destination. I have been lucky enough to eat in many fine gastronomic destinations and many Michelin restaurants, many with superb French wines lists but I have to say this was probably the finest wine experience I have had in a restaurant.