Two new restaurants in Portugal have received Michelin stars, while six restaurants in the Algarve have retained last year’s stars
This is the gist of the announcement that came out of last night’s virtual Michelin gala ceremony in Madrid.
Celebrity chef Ljubomir Stanisic saw his Lisbon restaurant 1000 Maneiras receive its first Michelin star.
The other newcomer is Basque chef Eneko Atxa, whose restaurant Eneko Lisboa was also awarded its first star.
Portugal now has 28 Michelin-starred restaurants, with seven boasting two stars and 21 boasting one.
Meanwhile, the only Michelin star that was lost was already expected due to the closure of Almancil’s São Gabriel restaurant in November.
The good news is that all other Michelin restaurants in the Algarve retained their stars.
Hans Neuner’s Ocean (Lagoa) and Dieter Koschina’s Vila Joya (Albufeira) maintain their two-star status, while Rui Silvestre’s Vistas (Vila Nova de Cacela), João Oliveira’s Vista (Portimão), Gusto by Heinz Beck (Almancil) and Louis Anjos’ Bon Bon (Carvoeiro, Lagoa) continue to boast one star.
While it was not awarded a star, Leonel Pereira’s Check-In Faro was included in the ‘Bib Gourmand’ category of the guide, which lists restaurants with a “good quality menu for a modest price”.
All in all, it was another successful year for Portugal’s fine dining scene.
Bon Bon owner Nuno Diogo has celebrated the accomplishment, which comes at the end of a “very difficult year on every level for the restaurant sector and Bon Bon in particular.
“It is the sixth time we have received this distinction, which confirms the quality work we have carried out over the years. It honours us to receive this recognition during a particularly difficult year, one of many sacrifices and uncertainties,” said Nuno Diogo.
“The dedication and persistence paid off and this is a prize for all the difficulties we overcame this year. It is a prize that fills us with pride but should also fill Lagoa with pride for having a restaurant with unmatched quality.”
Meanwhile, Rui Silvestre’s Vistas has taken to its Facebook page to mark the occasion.
“We are very proud to be part of this renowned gastronomic guide with a Michelin star for which we have worked so hard. We thank all our partners and customers for their support and to our team for their dedication,” the restaurant wrote.
Praia da Rocha’s Vista restaurant has also celebrated the feat.
“We could not be prouder! Thank you, VISTA team, for the excellent work and for being able to maintain our star during these challenging times,” it wrote online.
Here’s the full list of Michelin-starred restaurants and their chefs in Portugal for 2021, listed alphabetically.
• Alma (Lisbon) – Henrique Sá Pessoa
• Belcanto (Lisbon) – José Avillez
• Casa de Chá da Boa Nova (Leça da Palmeira) – Rui Paula
• Il Gallo d’Oro (Funchal) – Benoit Sinthon
• Ocean (Lagoa) – Hans Neuner
• The Yeatman (Vila Nova de Gaia) – Ricardo Costa
• Vila Joya (Albufeira) – Dieter Koschina
• 1000 Maneiras (Lisbon) – Ljubomir Stanisic
• A Cozinha (Guimarães) – António Loureiro
• Antiqvvm (Porto) – Vítor Matos
• Bon Bon (Carvoeiro) – Louis Anjos
• Casa da Calçada (Amarante) – Tiago Bonito
• Eleven (Lisbon) – Joachim Koerper
• Eneko Lisboa (Lisbon) – Eneko Atxa
• Epur (Lisbon) – Vincent Farges
• Feitoria (Lisbon) – João Rodrigues
• Fifty Seconds by Martin Berasategui (Lisbon) – Martin Berasategui
• Fortaleza do Guincho (Cascais) – Gil Fernandes
• Gusto by Heinz Beck (Almancil) – Heinz Beck
• G Restaurante (Bragança) – Óscar Gonçalves
• LAB by Sergi Arola (Sintra) – Sergi Arola
• Loco (Lisbon) – Alexandre Silva
• Mesa de Lemos (Silgueiros, Viseu) – Diogo Rocha
• Midori (Sintra) – Pedro Almeida
• Pedro Lemos (Porto) – Pedro Lemos
• Vista (Portimão) – João Oliveira
• Vistas (Vila Nova de Cacela) – Rui Silvestre
• William (Funchal) – Luís Pestana