Considered one of the great Portuguese chefs, José Avillez stands out due to his enterprising spirit and his willingness to go one step further. At the moment he has 6 restaurants: Belcanto, Cantinho do Avillez in Lisbon and in Oporto, Café Lisboa, Pizzaria Lisboa and Mini Bar, his first gourmet bar.

Belcanto – distinguished with two Michelin stars and elected as one of the best 100 restaurants in the world, achieving 78th place in the prestigious “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List” in 2016.

Chef José Avillez @ TrenDestination
Globe Lime-Lemon | from Mini Bar @ Paulo Barata

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While offering different culinary experiences, all his restaurants express his enormous passion for cooking. José Avillez also heads the take-away service JA at Home. With several cookbooks published, his highly successful TV programme “JA em casa“ (“JA at the stove”) was broadcasted by SIC Mulher channel and had three seasons. “Combinações Improváveis” (“Improbabilicious”) is José Avillez’s new TV show, also on SIC Mulher channel, and “O Chef sou eu” (“I’m the Chef”) is his new morning show at Rádio Comercial.

Chef José Avillez accepted the challenge to name his 10 best suggestions for …

#1. Favorite spot for inspiration 
JA: The beach

#2. Favorite restaurant
JA: Belcanto

#3. If you only have 30 minutes in Lisbon
JA: Walking around Chiado

#4. Porn dream food
JA: Portuguese seafood, the world’s best

#5. Best way to spend 2,00€ in Lisbon
JA: Try a delicious Pastel de Nata (cream custard tart) served warm at Café Lisboa, and you’ll still save 75 cents

#6. Favorite expression in Portuguese
JA: Obrigado (thank you)

#7. Influential leader to seat next to you on a flight
JA: Someone quiet so I can do some thinking

#8. Favorite hotel
JA: Vila Joya

#9. Portugal on a plate
JA: Bulhão Pato clams (garlic, coriander, olive oil and white wine sauce)

#10. Perfect spot to travel in Portugal
JA: Alentejo