The Belcanto restaurant, owned by chef José Avillez, today renewed its 42nd position among the 50 best in the world, the only Portuguese on the list, this year again led by the Danish Noma, announced the organization, at a ceremony in Antwerp, Belgium.
Belcanto (two Michelin stars) maintained its 42nd position, the one it had climbed in 2019, after last year’s ‘World’s 50 Best’ list was not released due to the covid-19 pandemic.
A message published on the social networks of the restaurant, located in Chiado, Lisbon, regarding the award, reads: “May this distinction help Portugal to strengthen its position as a tourist and gastronomic destination of excellence and give more prominence to Portuguese cuisine ”.
“A legendary establishment that opened its doors as a men’s club in 1958, chef José Avillez took the helm of Belcanto in 2012. Under his culinary navigation, the restaurant earned its first Michelin star that year; a second followed just two years later”, says the organization, which describes the Avillez kitchen as making “total use of the Portuguese coast”.
The choice of the best restaurants in the world has been made since 2002, with the contributions of more than a thousand gastronomy experts and seeks to “reveal some of the best destinations for unique culinary experiences, in addition to being a barometer for global gastronomic trends”, according to the promoters.