Discover the Interiors and Other Enchants of Belcanto Restaurant – At Belcanto, José Avillez offers an absolutely unique gastronomic and sensory journey. Belcanto offers contemporary Portuguese cuisine in a sophisticated environment that takes us on a journey from the romanticism of old Chiado to the future.
“We are nonconformists by nature.”
With two Michelin stars, and in the 46th position in the list of “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants”, Belcanto is also distinguished by its privileged location in the historic center of Lisbon, by its welcoming, discreet and attentive service, and by an extraordinary wine cellar that presents some of the best Portuguese wines, as well as great international references.
“The light, the life, the people.
The history, the sea, our regions.
Portugal. Here we live, here we grow.
Here we are inspired, here we walk.
The kitchen is our fado, our form of expression.”
At Belcanto, you can discover some of the best Portuguese flavors on different menus that recreate, reinvent and take the traditions of Portuguese cuisine even further. At Belcanto, hospitality, attention to detail and genuine care for those who sit at the table are naturally cultivated – traits of Portuguese culture and identity. Scattered across varied regions and contrasting landscapes, Portugal’s high-quality products are a source of pride. At Belcanto, the long history of Portuguese cuisine is made known.
Among the kitchens at Belcanto, José Avillez created a unique and exclusive space: the Chef’s Table, from which it is possible to observe the attentive and rigorous work of the team while a tasting menu is served, accompanied by a special suggested wine menu by sommelier Nádia Desidério.
For the Belcanto restaurant, Studio Astolfi created a calm, sober, elegant, timeless and intimate space, with great emphasis on comfort. Belcanto is located in the heart of Lisbon, in a structure that offers majestic original characteristics such as high ceilings, tiled vaults and stone arches. Studio Astofi wanted to preserve the truth of the space, developing a project where neutrality and permeability are the two driving forces behind the concept. Neutral, in the sense of a deep respect for the materials and soft distressed colors, noble oak wood, brass, straw and velvet. And permeable because, although there has been a spatial reorganization that creates distinct areas, it does not lose the visual sequence created by the grand iron windows and a curtain, tied open, providing a full and coherent notion of the space.
On the walls that surround this niche, artist Joana Astolfi intervenes with a collection of handmade ceramic “fossils” that celebrate the incredients and objects used in Belcanto. In this warm, welcoming, private environment, lighting design plays a key role. The Belcanto project even reaches the table itself, where objets d’art were created to celebrate the mise-en-place.