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Portugal Michelin Starred Restaurants 2009

Posted by gen On January - 5 - 2009


The mythical Michelin restaurant guide for 2009 has come out and some of Portugal´s finest restaurants are thanking their lucky (Michelin) stars. Here is a quick summary:


Casa Calçada (Amarante)– this restaurant is located inside a fabulous little boutique hotel in the pretty riverside hamlet of Amarante, about 60km (50 minutes drive) east of Oporto . Worth spending dinner and at least one night here, the Casa Calçada is also in easy reach of the Douro Valley wine country. More info.

Arcadas da Capela, Quinta das Lágrimas (Coimbra)- elegant small restaurant at the refined Quinta das Lágrimas resort, this is a major destination for foodies. Again, the best way to enjoy it is to have dinner with wine pairings and then stay the night at their beautiful hotel near Coimbra.  More info.

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Fortaleza do Guincho (Cascais)– This Relais & Chateaux restaurant juts out of a stunning cliffside on the rugged Atlantic coast and is a fabulous lunch venue (for the views!). Read a full review of the restaurant in our newsletter here.

Eleven (Lisbon)- Lisbon´s only Michelin starred eatery, Eleven attracts celebrities, politicians and globetrotting gourmets. Superstar chef Joachim Koerper is the consulting chef here (as in Arcadas da Capela), and the atmosphere is contemporary and stylish with a jetset vibe. Info here.

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Vila Joya (Albufeira) – This magnificent restaurant holds two Michelin stars and is located in the sublime Vila Joya resort in a hidden away residential area a few miles from bustling Albufeira.  Star Chef Dieter Koschina is probably the most famous chef in Portugal (although Austrian by birth) and his tasting menus are “a must”.

São Gabriel (Almancil)- German Chef Jens Rittmeyer tantalizes palates in this glamorous corner of the Algarve, and the decor here is cozy and warmer than in some of the other Michelin establisments. More info on the restaurant here.

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Henrique Leis (Almancil)– another quaint and very cozy little restaurant in the gourmet epicenter of Almancil, Henrique Leis is run by the same-named Brazilian chef (Algarve is about as international as you can get!). Rustic and traditional Portuguese decor, stellar food and fabulous wine list.  More info on restaurant here.

Amadeus (Almancil)– Again, this excellent restaurant is located in easy reach of the other “golden mile” Michelins of this stretch of the Algarve. In keeping with the multicultural Algarve vibe, chef Siegfried Danler-Heinemann is from Austria. The nice thing here is they offer many different fixed price menus, More info.

Willie’s (Quarteira) – Located near the famous Pinhal Golf Course, Willie´s has it all- great food, charismatic chef, and candlelit romantic ambience. More info on Willie´s.

Il Gallo d`Oro (Funchal)– In the luxurious Cliff Bay hotel in Madeira, this classy restaurant offers elegant and formal (gentlemen are required to wear dinner jackets)  dining, superb sea views and a real old world ambience. Gallic chef Benoît Sinthon is at the helm, and he has achieved no small feat- getting Madeira island its first Michelin star. More info here.

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9 Responses to “Portugal Michelin Starred Restaurants 2009”

  1. Hal says:

    Ate once at the Sao Gabriel. Pricey, rather pretentious and okay but not really what I would regard as worthy of a Michelin star. They make an effort but don’t succeed 100%.

  2. Mica Nazare says:

    Dear Sirs,

    I just found out this excelent article about the food in Portugral, seen through the Michelin Starred Restaurants. Thanks for it as it will promote my country. I took the liberty to add a link to this article in my webpage http://www.micanazare.com.

    Best Regards

  3. Sami says:

    Went with my wife to Il Gallo d’Oro while in Funchal. Major disappointment: prices were Michelin quality but the rest definitely was not. The food was bland — it felt like the kitchen was afraid of having taste in the food. Not enough salt in the amuse-bouche, a tiramisu that tasted like you ate just cocoa powder and mascarpone cheese… and they were boasting with the tiramisu in an article I happened to read!

    The service was not what I would have expected as well, since the waiters seemed to make it their life’s job to avoid us. Imagine having your water bottle on the other side of the table and nobody checking your glasses for a refill? Not in a Michelin star place.

    Seeing this and finding out that there are significant differences between two-star and three-star places it makes me wonder whether or not the Michelin star system actually is an objective system. I know, for example, a two-star place which beats the hell out of a three-star place I know. These are both not in Portugal, though.


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  5. Tomás says:

    I went with my parent to Vila Joya Hotel and i Eated in the Most extraordinary restaurent… 😀 10 diferent menus and an amazing food the vila joya chefe its outstanding

  6. Michelin star prices, good food but not very special. Service by school children without experience. Go somewhere else

  7. gen says:

    Which restaurant are you referring to, Leif?

  8. Thanks for the useful information…I’ll be back in a day.

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