The renowned Boa Cama Boa Mesa Guide, from the Expresso newspaper, every year, shows a careful annual selection of the best restaurants and hotels in Portugal. In 2022, in terms of gastronomy, it distinguished four restaurants with Platinum Fork, the highest award, and 11 restaurants with Gold Fork. Find out where to eat with sophistication and quality, but also with an innovative touch, with a good wine cellar to go with the meal. With renowned Chefs, Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa, from the Alma restaurant, stands out, awarded the Golden Fork, who in 2022 won the Chef of the Year award. In addition to the Platinum and Gold Forks, that All About Portugal now lets you know, 16 more Silver Forks restaurants and 20 restaurants with the “Mesa com Mérito” seal were distinguished, allof them to be discovered in the Boa Cama Boa Mesa Guide.
Belcanto - Lisboa - Platinum Fork
Starting with the Boa Cama Boa Mesa Platinum Forks, there is the Belcanto restaurant, in Lisbon, which offers two menus of revisited Portuguese cuisine, in an elegant and sophisticated environment. Operating since 1958, in Bairro do Chiado, it was from 2012 onwards that it gained a new life, under the Chef José Avilez's auspices. With few tables, it offers an exclusive experience, with three tasting menus that have creative flavors in common, combined with wine menus that perfectly accompany this gastronomic journey.
Ocean - Lagoa - Platinum Fork
With an unbeatable panoramic view over the ocean, the Ocean, in Porches, is part of the luxury Vila Vita Parc hotel. With an elegant and cozy room, suitable for romantic dinners, it offers a memorable fine dining experience. The kitchen has been under the orders of the Austrian Chef Hans Neuner since 2007, and has received several international awards. The decor, with maritime tones and details, sets the motto for the tasting menus that, of course, gives primacy to the ocean flavors.
The Yeatman - Vila Nova de Gaia - Platinum Fork
Situated in the luxury wine hotel with the same name, The Yeatman restaurant stands out for its location, on a hill in the historic area of Vila Nova de Gaia - close to the Port Wine Cellars -, which provides it with the most impressive views over Porto city and the Douro River. With a classic and sophisticated atmosphere, it offers creative flavors designed by Chef Ricardo Costa, who gives primacy to local flavors. Special attention is paid to the combination of the dishes with the wines that accompany them, as it should in the case of a wine hotel.
Rei dos Leitões - Mealhada - Platinum Fork
With 75 years of history and tradition, Rei dos Leitões, in Mealhada, is one of the oldest Bairrada's Suckling Pig restaurants in the country. With several national and international awards, it constantly tries to offer new dishes and improve its great wine cellar. A traditional house that was able to keep up with new times, maintaining a cozy and familiar atmosphere and the service that is always attentive and friendly, where the quality of the main products is always assured. Don't forget to try it!
A Cozinha por António Loureiro - Guimarães - Gold Fork
Moving on to the Boa Cama Boa Mesa Gold Forks, A Cozinha, under the Chef António Loureiro's purview, is proof that it is possible to combine tradition with innovation and creativity. Sustainability is another focus of this restaurant, located in the heart of the historic center of Guimarães, with its Chef betting on local and seasonal products.
Alma - Lisboa - Gold Fork
Alma, located in one of the noblest areas of Lisbon, Chiado, is a sophisticated space, with a cozy atmosphere and friendly service. Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa's menu uses his several influences, from traditional Portuguese cuisine to his passion for Asia, resulting in a delicious and surprising menu.
Casa de Chá da Boa Nova - Matosinhos - Gold Fork
On Leça da Palmeira's seafront, in a setting of rare beauty, the Casa de Chá da Boa Nova, a Siza Vieira building classified as a National Monument, is under the command of Chef Rui Paula. It proposes an original and ambitious menu, highlighting the freshest fish and seafood, which perfectly combines with the proximity to the ocean.
Feitoria - Lisboa - Gold Fork
Inserted in the Altis Belém Hotel & Spa, the famous Feitoria uses the best flavors of Portuguese cuisine, serving them with a creative and sophisticated touch. Thus, from the hands of Chef André Cruz tasting menus are born, and more than a meal, they are true (and delicious) experiences.
Fifty Seconds by Martín Berasategui - Lisboa - Gold Fork
Located in the Vasco da Gama Tower, the elegant Fifty Seconds by Martín Berasategui offers a luxurious dining experience at 120 meters above sea level. The tasting menus are true gastronomic experiences, complemented by excellent service and breathtaking views.
G Pousada - Bragança - Gold Fork
Inserted in the Pousada de São Bartolomeu, in Bragança, the G Pousada sublimates the best that the Trás-os-Montes region has, from meat to olive oil and wine. The dishes are made according to the most modern techniques, but always with total respect for tradition, being a haute cuisine reference in the country inland.
Il Gallo D'Oro - Funchal - Gold Fork
Elegant and exclusive, Il Gallo D'Oro is part of the luxury hotel The Cliff Bay, in Funchal, and offers a memorable gourmet experience. Under the French Chef Benoît Sinthon orders, it serves dishes of “aromatic cuisine with Iberian inspiration”, giving priority to ingredients from the Madeira island, some from the hotel's vegetable garden.
Mesa de Lemos - Viseu - Gold Fork
It is in Viseu that we find Mesa de Lemos, under the supervision of Chef Diogo Rocha, a region's native, who perfectly combines modern cooking techniques with the best products of the region, some of them from Quinta de Lemos, where it is located. An original and sustainable cuisine that delights visitors for its genuineness.
Vila Joya - Albufeira - Gold Fork
There are many options where to eat with refinement and quality in the Algarve region, and Vila Joya, in Albufeira, has been proof of that for many years. Integrated in the hotel of the same name, and with astonishing views over the sea, it serves innovative dishes that change daily, using the freshest seasonal ingredients. A heavenly cuisine, perfectly conducted by Chef Dieter Koschina.
Vista Restaurante - Portimão - Gold Fork
Inserted in Bela Vista Hotel & Spa, Vista Restaurante is an elegant restaurant that combines haute cuisine with the quietness of Praia da Rocha. Chef João Oliveira gives priority to the freshness of the ingredients, especially the fish from the Portuguese coast, resulting in original flavors that surprise the five senses.
Vistas Rui Silvestre - Vila Real de Santo António - Gold Fork
Belonging to the Monte Rei Golf & Country Club, a luxury tourist complex known for its golf course, the Vistas Rui Silvestre restaurant is equally luxurious and elegant. Chef Rui Silvestre uses fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create unique dishes with wonderful views that result in a complete gourmet experience.