Restaurante Alma, by Henrique Sá Pessoa, receives second Michelin star

The Alma restaurant in Lisbon won the second star in the Michelin Guide Spain and Portugal 2019, which also awarded a star to three national restaurants, including the first of Japanese cuisine, was announced today in the Portuguese capital.

Alma, of the Portuguese Henrique Sá Pessoa, who received the first star in the 2017 edition, now reaches the second star (‘an exceptional cuisine, worth a detour’), Michelin announced during the presentation ceremony of the guide Iberian Championship of 2019, taking place for the first time in Lisbon.

“The Alma, located in the bohemian and touristy Chiado, created a very good impression among the inspectors.” Chef “Henrique Sá Pessoa captivated them with very technical, fun and colourful proposal. time and space, thanks to traditional and authentic flavours, which transport to the Mediterranean or other latitudes, “Michelin said in the official statement distributed during the gala.

Midori, in Sintra (chef Pedro Almeida), is the first Japanese cuisine restaurant in Portugal to receive a distinction of the ‘red guide’, as it stands out. Michelin.

In Portugal, the inspectors “found gastronomic gold nuggets in unusual and isolated places,” said the company, pointing to examples of the other two restaurants that reach the first star: G Pousada in Bragança, Óscar and António Gonçalves , which “values modern cuisine in the region of Trás-os-Montes”, and the restaurant A Cozinha, in Guimarães, “where chef António Loureiro surprised with a modern kitchen that shows balance and sensitivity.”

In the next edition of the Michelin Guide of the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal now has six restaurants with two stars and 20 with one star.

Besides the novelties, in 2019, Portugal maintains all the previous distinctions and continues to have no restaurant with the maximum rating (three stars, ‘a unique kitchen, justifies the trip’).

In Portugal there are also two new ‘Bib Gourmand’ (good quality/price below 35 euros per meal) – Tasca do Zé Tuga (Bragança) and Avenida (Lagos).

The international director of the Michelin guides, Gwendal Poullennec, said that “Portugal has become a reference tourist destination and much of this success is based on the culmination of its gastronomy.”

“It is true that traditional Portuguese cuisine has always enjoyed the approval of the foreign public. Without a doubt, today we have the confirmation of a strong impulse in the high gastronomy of this country, usually in charge of a generation of young chefs,” he said.

In total, in the 2019 guide, Portugal contains 167 referenced restaurants, of which 36 are Bib Gourmand and 105 are distinguished as Michelin Prato (‘a quality cuisine’), in addition to the 26 with Michelin stars. There are also 165 hotels and rural tourism.

This is the list of Portuguese restaurants distinguished by the Michelin Guide in 2019:

A star:

  • The Kitchen (Guimarães, chef António Loureiro) – new
  • Antiqvvm (Porto, chef Vítor Matos)
  • Bon Bon (Carvoeiro, chef Louis Anjos; Rui Silvestre left earlier this year)
  • Boa Nova Tea House (Leça da Palmeira, chef Rui Paula)
  • Eleven (Lisbon, chef Joachim Koerper)
  • Feitoria (Lisbon, chef João Rodrigues)
  • Fortaleza do Guincho (Cascais, chef Gil Fernandes, Miguel Rocha Vieira left this month)
  • G Pousada (Bragança, chef Óscar Gonçalves) – new
  • Gusto by Heinz Beck (Almancil, chef Daniele Pirillo)
  • Henrique Leis (Almancil, chef Henrique Leis)
  • LAB by Sergi Arola (Sintra, chef Sergi Arola and Vlademir Veiga – Milton Anes left in March)
  • L’AND Vineyards (Montemor-o-Novo, chef Miguel Laffan)
  • Largo do Paço (Amarante, chef Tiago Bonito)
  • Loco (Lisbon, chef Alexandre Silva)
  • Midori (Sintra, chef Pedro Almeida) – new
  • Pedro Lemos (Porto, chef Pedro Lemos)
  • São Gabriel (Almancil, chef Leonel Pereira)
  • View (Portimão, chef João Oliveira)
  • William (Funchal, chefs Luís Pestana and Joachim Koerper)
  • Willie’s (Vilamoura, chef Willie Wurger)

Two stars:

  • Alma (Lisbon, chef Henrique Sá Pessoa) – news
  • Belcanto (Lisbon, chef José Avillez)
  • Il Gallo d’Oro (Funchal, chef Benoît Sinthon)
  • Ocean (Alporchinhos, chef Hans Neuner)
  • The Yeatman (Vila Nova de Gaia, chef Ricardo Costa)
  • Vila Joya (Albufeira, chef Dieter Koschina)
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