Belcanto, Lisbon, 9/26/14

exterior
exterior

A delightful little place with pretty and good tasting food! Their tasting menu is about 20 courses and is supposed to tell a story with each course, many to do with Portuguese life. They are big on freshness, flavor and less fat and it works. Lovely details like the orchid and linens as well as a helpful and friendly staff make it a wonderful experience.

IMG_3176I’ve included the plating picture as well as a close up of the food because the presentation was so nicely done it shouldn’t be missed. Numerous pieces were taste explosions, where the flavor was packed into a liquid center, and they started the meal on a high note. The white bean smoked stew was like eating liquid velvet. Not being a huge sardine fan, they may have turned me – it was that good. All the bread selections were very nice and made in house. I particularly like the marrow spread. The egg dish was truly liquid gold and the stew that followed was packed with the flavor of meat without it actually being solid in the dish. The chips were an odd touch but a bit of fun and who cared with pork that good. I could go on and on, but in summary, this was a winner!

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menu 1
menu 1
menu 2
menu 2
menu 3
menu 3
dessert menu
dessert menu
table orchid
table orchid
Porto and Tonic
Porto and Tonic
Trilogy of Olives: fried, frozen liquid, dry martini
Trilogy of Olives: fried, frozen liquid, dry martini
wine
wine
wine
wine
Ferrero Rocher: Foie gras and hazelnuts
Ferrero Rocher: Foie gras and hazelnuts

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White bean smoked stew
White bean smoked stew
Shellfish rice
Shellfish rice
Roasted chicken skin
Roasted chicken skin
Grilled sardine with red pepper
Grilled sardine with red pepper

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“Submarine window” - barnacles, shrimp, prawn, razor clam and seaweed on gelatinous coconut milk
“Submarine window” – barnacles, shrimp, prawn, razor clam and seaweed on gelatinous coconut milk
Bread tray
Bread tray
Bread selection: white, corn, olive and brown
Bread selection: white, corn, olive and brown
butter selection: with smoked salt, walnut, plain salt, and bone marrow
butter selection: with smoked salt, walnut, plain salt, and bone marrow
“Torricado” - Marinated smoked mackerel with onion puree, toast and vegetable puree
“Torricado” – Marinated smoked mackerel with onion puree, toast and vegetable puree
as plated
as plated
Lettuce and veal hearts, bone marrow and walnuts
Lettuce and veal hearts, bone marrow and walnuts
The garden of the goose that laid the golden egg: low temperature cooked egg, poultry juice, crunchy dark bread with cuttlefish ink, crispy fried leek
The garden of the goose that laid the golden egg: low temperature cooked egg, poultry juice, crunchy dark bread with cuttlefish ink, crispy fried leek
as plated
as plated
egg broken
egg broken
wine
wine
Porltuguese style stew
Porltuguese style stew
plated
plated
“Dip in the sea” - Seabass with shellfish, seaweed and mushroom
“Dip in the sea” – Seabass with shellfish, seaweed and mushroom
chips and bag completely edible
chips and bag completely edible
Suckling pig revisited: 36 hour soux vide pork with pepper sauce, roasted lettuce and orange sauce
Suckling pig revisited: 36 hour soux vide pork with pepper sauce, roasted lettuce and orange sauce
Frankie thougth the extra sauce was for her!
Frankie thougth the extra sauce was for her!
Almond liquor and peach: almond foam with green baby peaches
Almond liquor and peach: almond foam with green baby peaches
as plated
as plated
white dessert port
white dessert port

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inside
inside

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Veal tendon with chocolate
Veal tendon with chocolate
Pine bark: chocolates (just 2 pieces)
Pine bark: chocolates (just 2 pieces)
Frankie thought it was a litter box!
Frankie thought it was a litter box!
almond
almond
kitchen
kitchen
kitchen
kitchen
Olive oil jelly and black fudge caramel
Olive oil jelly and black fudge caramel

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