Casa de Chá da Boa Nova, in Leça da Palmeira, won its second Michelin star.
Casa de Chá da Boa Nova restaurant in Leça da Palmeira (by 'chef' Rui Paula) won its second star from the Michelin Guide for Spain and Portugal 2020, which awarded a first star to four national establishments and removed it from three others. Portugal now has seven restaurants with two stars and still has 20 with one star.
"In Portugal, to our delight, we are also pleased to present a second Michelin star to the Casa de Chá da Boa Nova restaurant, in Leça da Palmeira, as it has captivated the inspectors with its wild individuality [a building by Portuguese architect Siza Vieira], on the rocks of Praia da Boa Nova, as by the intensity of the proposal of the Portuguese 'chef' Rui Paula," reads the statement released during the presentation ceremony of next year's edition of the Iberian Michelin Guide, which took place this Wednesday evening in Seville, Spain.
Chef Rui Paula, who now reaches his second star ('for exceptional cuisine which is well worth the detour'), "plays with memory, the latest techniques and the local cuisine to transfer the authentic flavour of the Atlantic to his dishes", said the inspectors of the Iberian guide, quoted by Lusa.
The two-star restaurants, Alma (Lisbon, with chef Henrique Sá Pessoa), Belcanto (Lisbon, with chef José Avillez), Il Gallo d'Oro (Funchal, with chef Benoît Sinthon), Ocean (Alporchinhos, with chef Hans Neuner), The Yeatman (Vila Nova de Gaia, with chef Ricardo Costa) and Vila Joya (Albufeira, with chef Dieter Koschina) remain.
The four restaurants that were awarded their first Michelin star are Epur (Lisbon, with chef Vincent Farges), "Fifty Seconds by Martín Berasategui" (Lisbon, with chef Filipe Carvalho), Mesa de Lemos (Viseu, with chef Diogo Rocha) and Vistas (Vila Nova de Cacela, with chef Rui Silvestre).
It should be noted that three restaurants also have lost their star for 2020: L'And Vineyards (Montemor-o-Novo, with chef José Miguel Tapadejo, after Miguel Laffan's departure), Willie's (Vilamoura, with chef Willie Wurguer) and Henrique Leis (Almancil, with chef Henrique Leis).
The "red guide", equated to the Oscars of gastronomy, still does not give any maximum classification to Portugal (three stars, where 'a unique cuisine’ which ‘justifies the trip' is compulsory).
Next year there are six new Portuguese restaurants in the "Bib Gourmand" category (good value for money): Casa Chef Victor Felisberto (Abrantes), Solar do Bacalhau (Coimbra), La Babachris (Guimarães), Saraiva's (Lisbon), In Diferente (Porto) and Ó Balcão (Santarém).
These are the 27 Portuguese restaurants distinguished by the Michelin Guide in 2020:
- A Cozinha (Guimarães, 'chef' António Loureiro)
- Antiqvvm (Porto, 'chef' Vítor Matos)
- Bon Bon (Carvoeiro, 'chef' Louis Anjos)
- Eleven (Lisboa, 'chef' Joachim Koerper)
- Epur (Lisboa, 'chef' Vincent Farges) - novidade
- Feitoria (Lisboa, 'chef' João Rodrigues)
- Fifty Seconds by Martín Berasategui (Lisboa, 'chef' Filipe Carvalho) - novidade
- Fortaleza do Guincho (Cascais, 'chef' Gil Fernandes)
- G Pousada (Bragança, 'chef' Óscar Gonçalves)
- Gusto by Heinz Beck (Almancil, 'chef' Libório Buonocore, após a saída de Daniele Pirillo)
- LAB by Sergi Arola (Sintra, 'chef' Sergi Arola e Vlademir Veiga)
- Largo do Paço (Amarante, 'chef' Tiago Bonito)
- Loco (Lisboa, 'chef' Alexandre Silva)
- Mesa de Lemos (Viseu, 'chef' Diogo Rocha) - novidade
- Midori (Sintra, 'chef' Pedro Almeida)
- Pedro Lemos (Porto, 'chef' Pedro Lemos)
- São Gabriel (Almancil, 'chef' Leonel Pereira)
- Vista (Portimão, 'chef' João Oliveira)
- Vistas (Vila Nova de Cacela, 'chef' Rui Silvestre) - novidade
- William (Funchal, 'chefs' Luís Pestana e Joachim Koerper)
- Alma (Lisboa, 'chef' Henrique Sá Pessoa)
- Belcanto (Lisboa, 'chef' José Avillez)
- Casa de Chá da Boa Nova (Leça da Palmeira, 'chef' Rui Paula) - novidade
- 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)