Belcanto restaurant (Lisboa, Portugal)

Considered to be one of the great idols of Portuguese cookery, José Avillez has stood out on account of his enterprising spirit and willingness to go one step further.

He currently has several restaurants in Lisbon, one at Chiado and one in Oporto. Although they provide different culinary experiences, they all express his huge passion for cooking:

At Belcanto, which has been awarded two Michelin stars is ranked one of the hundred best restaurants in the world by the prestigious “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List”, José Avillez offers a reinvented Portuguese cuisine in a sophisticated atmosphere that still however maintains some of Chiado’s old charm.

Beco is the most recent venue to be opened by José Avillez. This is a really special place where haute cuisine meets show business.

The Mini Bar is chef José Avillez’s gourmet bar.

O Bairro do Avillez is spacious and surprising, with various eating areas inspired by the very best Portuguese flavours, located in the most atypical of Lisbon’s neighbourhoods.

Cantinho do Avillez, a relaxed meeting point in Lisbon and also in Oporto, offers excellent Portuguese-inspired cuisine with influences from the chef’s travels in a very pleasant atmosphere.

Café Lisboa was designed to bring new life to São Carlos Square.

Pizzaria Lisboa is the realisation of an old dream. Ever since he was young, José Avillez had always dreamt of opening a pizzería…

Cooking has always been José Avillez’s passion. However he didn’t decide to become a chef until his final year of his Business Communication degree. In the same year he took part in individual study sessions with Maria de Lourdes Modesto and took an internship in Antoine Westerman’s kitchen, at Fortaleza do Guincho. He worked with José Bento dos Santos, trained at Alain Ducasse’s school… But the decisive turning point in his career was when he worked at El Bulli, with Ferran Adrià. In 2008, they offered him the post of head chef at their Tavares restaurant, where in little more than a year, he was awarded a Michelin star. At the beginning of 2011, he left Tavares to open his own restaurants.