Some of the best places to eat in Lisbon are located in hotels. Renowned for their inventive gastronomy and impeccable service, these restaurants enjoy an international reputation as fine dining venues. And with many launching new winter menus, now is the time to book a table. Here are six of the best to whet your appetite.
Feitoria Restaurant & Wine Bar in the fashionable and funky Altis Belém Hotel & Spa is one of only two Lisbon restaurants to garner a coveted Michelin star. The winter menu has just been launched based on rich earthy flavours from regional Portugal and the Orient. Chef José Cordeiro has created surprises like the black truffle tasting menu and dishes such as sea bass with couscous razor clam and red onions in Douro vinegar. Desserts include an inspiring pumpkin cake topped with melted sweet egg, cottage cheese and honey ice cream.
Mediterranean gastronomy with all its subtle textures and flavours is the inspiration behind the Lapa Restaurant’s winter cuisine choice. Entradas include octopus carpaccio marinated in dried tomato vinegar with crispy potato, eggplant caviar and olive cannelloni. The ratatouille stuffed wild boar carré with braised quince apple and forest vegetables, Béarnaise sauce and balsamic vinaigrette further exemplifies the menu designed by chef Hélder Santos. The restaurant is housed in the exclusive Olissippo Lapa Palace Hotel.
Southern Europe is also a region chef Olivier da Costa knows well. His menu at Olivier Avenida Restaurant at the Tivoli Jardim Hotel fuses aromatic French and Italian ingredients with an offbeat urban palate to create dishes like mini hamburgers with foie gras and caramelised onions in port wine, and double chuletón steak with wild mushrooms and green risotto, also in port wine. The contemporary styled venue is a favourite with business executives.
At the relatively new Rossio Restaurant, situated on the top floor of the Altis Avenida Hotel, the winter season brings with it a new menu of authentic Portuguese gastronomy that chef Carlos Marques has erred towards hearty game choices but tempered with delicate French and Italian flourishes – the rack of lamb with deep-fried battered vegetables, baked potatos and lavender sauce, and confit of suckling pig with creamed potatos and crispy leek are just two of the highlights. PS – check out the city views!
The sumptuous Pestana Palace Hotel provides a suitably palatial setting for the Valle Flôr Restaurant. Executive chef Pedro Marques has designed a gourmet winter menu that celebrates the traditional flavours of Portugal by creating regional specialities with contemporary flair. The Alentejo black pork with spicy sausage and migas de abóbora (pumpkin bread flavoured with olive oil, herbs and garlic) is especially recommended. Listed among the desserts is pineapple sorbet with orange sauce.
With its ivory-white interior bathed in soft natural light, the minimalist-styled Saldanha Mar Restaurant at Fontana Park Hotel is one of the coolest eateries in town. The property is a member of Design Hotels and dining here is as much about appreciating cutting-edge architecture as savouring haute cuisine. Chef Paula Carção directs a kitchen specialising in traditional Portuguese and Mediterranean gastronomy, and the menu is rich in fresh daily fish and seafood, grilled to perfection.
Still hungry? Check out Open, a refined Mediterranean style brasserie at Inspira Santa Marta Hotel, or the boutique Flores at Bairro Alto Hotel. And for an extra splurge, book a table at posh Varanda at Four Seasons Hotel Ritz.