Four new Michelin stars and three newcomers for Portugal!
Portugal has four new Michelin stars. This is the good news that came from the first Michelin Guide gala event to be held in Portugal which many hoped would mark the first time a restaurant in the country achieved a three-star status.
While this did not happen, there are many other achievements to celebrate. Portugal now has a total of 32 Michelin stars, with six restaurants boasting two stars and 20 boasting one.
All 23 of the Portuguese restaurants that were awarded at least one star last year kept their star (or stars) or added a new one.
Henrique Sá Pessoa’s Alma in Lisbon received its second star, joining the country’s two-star elite which includes Belcanto (Lisbon), Il Gallo D’Oro (Funchal), Vila Joya and Ocean (Algarve) and The Yeatman (Vila Nova de Gaia).
There are also three newcomers to the guide, two of which are located outside of Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve. The G restaurant in Bragança, located at a local Pousada hotel and owned by the brother duo of Óscar and António Gonçalves, brought a star to the inland and northern region of Trás-os-Montes, while A Cozinha, led by António Loureiro, also earned Guimarães its first Michelin star.
In Sintra, a fine dining Japanese restaurant called Midori became the first Asian restaurant in Portugal to boast a star. It is located at the Penha Longa Resort, which also boasts another Michelin-starred restaurant, Lab.
The Algarve maintains the same 10 stars from last year. Vila Joya in Albufeira, led by chef Dieter Koshina, and Ocean in Porches, led by chef Hans Neuner, are the only restaurants that were awarded two stars.
Vista in Praia da Rocha (João Oliveira), Henrique Leis in Almancil (Henrique Leis), São Gabriel in Almancil (Leonel Pereira), Bon Bon in Carvoeiro (Louis Anjos), Willie’s in Vilamoura Willie Wurger) and Gusto By Heinz Beck in Almancil (Daniele Pirillo and Heinz Beck) all boast one star each.
The remaining restaurants awarded by Michelin in Portugal include Casa de Chá da Boa Nova (Rui Paula – Matosinhos), Pedro Lemos (Pedro Lemos – Porto), Atiqvvm (Vítor Matos – Porto), Largo do Paço (Tiago Bonito – Amarante), Eleven (Joachim Koerper – Lisbon), Loco (Alexandre Silva – Lisbon), Fortaleza do Guinhco (Miguel Rocha Vieira – Cascais), Feitoria (João Rodrigues – Lisbon), L’And (Miguel Laffan – Montemor-o-Novo) and William (Luis Pestana and Joachim Koeper – Funchal).