Sep 6, 2016

Why Lisbon Is Becoming Europe's New Culinary Capital

Portugal's cuisine has always been rooted in simple cooking practices that highlight the country's great ingredients.

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For decades, dining in Lisbon meant no-fuss dishes served humbly on a plate. But there's a sea change coming.

Perhaps no one has done more for the Portuguese culinary scene than José Avillez, owner of six restaurants in Lisbon. The 36-year-old chef has almost single-handedly reinvented the city's dining scene by eschewing rustic, traditional cooking in favor of something completely different: dishes that are inventive, playful, and modern.
In recent years, the culinary landscape has seen a new wave of young chefs who have, often after stints working at Michelin-starred restaurants around the globe, returned to their native Portugal to open restaurants, head established ones, and earn their own stars. Inspired by exotic flavors and new methods of cooking, these chefs are putting their own unexpected twists on traditional dishes, which they serve on rocks, cork, wood, and coral serving dishes. The experience is multisensory and unforgettable.


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August 31, 2016 1:01 pm by Celeste Moure