There aren’t many fine dining options in Lisbon, where the traditional bars and bistros seem to be more popular for dinner outings. For businessmen looking for somewhere a bit more upmarket and special Eleven Restaurant is the ideal choice. Located within the business district, but surrounded by lush green hills, the views from every table are stunning.
The grand restaurant is modern inside, with crispy white clothed tables and plenty of natural daylight. Chef Joachim Koerper presents contemporary Portuguese food using the finest seasonal produce.
After a glass of a local, deliciously dry Almeida Garrett sparkling wine we were offered an array of freshly baked bread, of which the tomato focaccia was my favourite.
The chef prepared a menu of summery favourites for us, a beautifully fresh and delicate cold cucumber soup to start, which felt surprisingly healthy for a Michelin starred meal.
The main courses were works of art. Varieties of beetroot was an explosion on the plate of purees, pickles and slices of the vibrant vegetable. Thanks to careful seasoning the sweetness of the beetroot came through paired with sprigs of fresh herbs. My dish was an immaculate cute of extravagant pork with polenta and a rich and salty jus that I found irresistibly tasty.
The dessert was beautiful, a light and refreshing combination of different textures and exotic fruit flavours. The crumbled biscuit base added some much needed texture to the fruity sorbets and mousses.
It was lovely to finish a haute cuisine menu without feeling too full to move. After a quick espresso coffee we were up and out ready to continue exploring the streets of Lisbon. I can see now why the city’s businessmen love this restaurant so much.
More information about Eleven Restaurant and book a table here.