Mini Bar Tasting Menu, an adventure for the senses
Mini Bar is the new restaurant by Portuguese chef and food superstar José Avillez. The food guru, that has won a Michelin star when working at historical restaurant Tavares and again in his very famous Belcanto, decided to go for his fifth restaurant in Lisbon – all in Chiado – because every night he was refusing close to 200 people for lack of space in his other places.
Mini Bar, a gastro bar next to Teatro São Luiz, was inspired by the theatrical atmosphere of the place, but has also borrowed same of the famous recipes of Belcanto. You can taste my beloved explosive olives, for example, but Mini Bar is much more gentle with your wallet than Belcanto.
I love Avillez’s style, his creative spirit, the way he plays with visual and taste elements and how he brings Portugal to every dish. And at the same time I love the modern twist in his cooking. He is the creative mind behind some of the best restaurants in Lisbon. Our Mini Bar adventure was definitely worth it.
Here is the Mini Bar Tasting Menu, set in Acts:
Caipirinha – Belcanto 2012
El Bulli olives 2005 XL size (* I am crazy about this “olives”)
Ferrero rocher, not what it appears to be! – Belcanto 2011
Algarve prawns in ceviche
Tuna tartar temaki cone with spicy soy
Pan seared scallops with Thai Flavours (* loved, loved, loved this one)
JAburger with PDO beef
Veal rice with parmesan
Chocolate cone in 3 textures with fleur du sel and pink peppercorn
Mini Bar Information
Price of the tasting menu: 35 euros per person
Address of the Mini Bar restaurant:
Rua António Maria Cardoso, 58, Chiado, Lisbon
Tel: (00351) 21 130 53 93 * (it is always a good idea to make a reservation)
Link to Google Maps here.