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Lisbon has a rich culinary history, so any restaurant that hopes to stand out there had better be amazing. On a recent visit, I discovered the exceptional cuisine at Barrio do Avillez.
This eatery is a new venture by acclaimed Portuguese chef Jose Avillez, who also owns the city’s two-Michelin-starred Belcanto restaurant. Barrio do Avillez features a gourmet market, a taberna with delicious tapas and an indoor patio that serves seafood and meat entrees. On my visit, I ate at the "taberna" and found it to be casual and fun, with an inventive menu. Dishes included a spicy horse mackerel cone with pickles and smoked mayonnaise, a suckling pig sandwich with seaweed pickles and crispy cod with garlic mayo and tomato sauce.
The taberna’s decor is as playful as the food, with a colorful tile mosaic featuring many of the ingredients that are found in Portuguese cuisine. The patio has high ceilings with large skylights, giving it an indoor/outdoor ambiance.
The restaurant is located in Lisbon’s popular Chiado neighborhood. The market and taberna are open every day from noon to midnight. The patio is open every day for lunch from noon to 3 p.m. and for dinner from 7 p.m. to midnight. I was able to walk in without a reservation, but it’s probably a good idea to call first.
Even travelers making a short visit to Lisbon should be sure to sample Portuguese cuisine at one of the city’s many exceptional restaurants. Barrio do Avillez will not disappoint.