Alma Chiado by Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa @ TrenDestination

Alma restaurant is full of soul | The ultimate umami experience

Ok, there’s an elephant in the room and I won’t ignore it any longer. Meaning, Henrique, the Star is on its way! Ok, I said it. Patience is indeed a virtue but the spotlight will be yours soon. Upon the opening of Alma Chiado, a lot of buzz merged from it and I decided to stay away until getting the chance to generate my own unbiased opinion. So, for the ones who hadn’t the chance to visit it yet, shame on you but there’s hope. Alma (in Portuguese) means soul and this is exactly what the food creativity of Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa is about. Go and discover with him what food for thought truly means when you use a fork and a knife.

Every bite was created carefully with just enough control and freedom of someone who knows exactly what he’s doing.

Every bite leads to the Chef’s life, past and vision, one can feel that.

Every bite feels like Lisbon falling in love for Asia, when traveling the world without forgetting the portuguese traditional roots.

Every bite is bold and will bite your senses right away.

Every bite gives you the natural sense of forgetting where you are.

Every bite is Henrique Sá Pessoa.

Alma isn’t posh. It’s unpretentiously charming. Effortlessly smart chic. Uniquely distinct.

Get a feeling of what kind of umami flavors you will discover.

Alma Chiado by Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa @ TrenDestination
Simply genious amuse bouche @ TrenDestination
Alma Chiado by Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa @ TrenDestination
Mackerel, vegetable escabeche, mussel and barnacle water, sea lettuce | Costa a Costa menu @ TrenDestination
Alma Chiado by Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa @ TrenDestination
Glazed baby carrots, goats cheese, dried fruit bulgur, cumin oil | Alma menu @ TrenDestination
Alma Chiado by Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa @ TrenDestination
Roasted octopus, romesco sauce, potato skins, capers, smoked paprika | Costa a Costa menu @ TrenDestination
Alma Chiado by Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa @ TrenDestination
Seared foie gras, apple, granola, almond, coffee | Alma menu @ TrenDestination
Alma Chiado by Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa @ TrenDestination
Red mullet, xerém (maize porridge), caldeirada (fish stew) sauce, samphire | Costa a Costa menu @ TrenDestination
Alma Chiado by Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa @ TrenDestination
Confit suckling pork, sweet potato purée, pak choi, orange jus | Alma menu @ TrenDestination
Alma Chiado by Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa @ TrenDestination
Sea flavors and citrus | Costa a Costa menu @ TrenDestination
Alma Chiado by Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa @ TrenDestination
Mango, passion fruit, coconut, black sesame seeds | Alma menu @ TrenDestination
Alma Chiado by Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa @ TrenDestination
The perfect end @ TrenDestination

Hot tip: The best way to have a full-immerse Alma experience is by choosing one of the tasting menus instead of choosing à la carte. If you’re not alone, I suggest ordering different tasting menus in order to have the chance of trying diverse dishes.

Don’t miss: The recent Costa a Costa menu is simply superb paying a sincere and flavorful hommage to the sea. However the Alma menu, as my favorite, embodies and sums up what Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa cuisine is about (the roasted carrots are completely mind-blowing!).

More info:
Alma Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Average price: 55,00€ (à la carte) – 80,00€ per person (tasting menu) excluding drinks
Website: here
Contact: (+351) 213 470 650
Address: Rua da Anchieta, 15, Chiado, 1200-023, Lisboa
Opened from Tuesday to Sunday (12:00pm to 3:00pm / 7:00pm to 11:00pm) / Closed on Monday


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