Restaurante Eleven, Lisbon, 1/28/16

exterior
exterior

This is a relatively large and lovely place which wasn’t too busy the night we were there. One wall is made up of windows looking out over a part of the city. The staff was exceptionally helpful and friendly and also spoke good English. Many were happy to have Frankie in the house and even offered to bring her, her own plate.  What fun they made the evening. The sommelier’s suggestions of wines by the bottle instead of pairings were quite nice.

one half interior
one half interior
one half of interior
one half of interior
interior
interior
wine storage in entry area
wine storage in entry area
menu cover
menu cover
Tasting menus
Tasting menus
Truffle menu
Truffle menu
Lobster menu
Lobster menu
Starters
Starters
Fish
Fish
Meat
Meat
cheese/dessert
cheese/dessert
Frankie checked out the flowers
Frankie checked out the flowers

The restaurant offers a number of tasting menus as well as a la carte orders. We chose the lobster tasting and it was a great choice!  Large pieces of succulent, tender lobster graced any number of preparations – it’s a must if you’re a lobster fan. The bread tray was enough to make your meal on and featured olive, focaccia, white and seedy selections.  I liked them all.

bread tray
bread tray
butter
butter

 

They started with a couple of amuse bouche, the first one of seafood was very interesting. The carrot was almost sweet and with the nice tang of the seafood it made it a great combination of flavors.

Amuse: Sea bass, razor clams with carrot purée and sparkling wine sauce.
Amuse: Sea bass, razor clams with carrot purée and sparkling wine sauce.
wine
wine

 

Next amuse, a pork cheek, was a tad heavy as an amuse but it was good although not as strong as the first.

Amuse: braised black pork cheek with mushrooms and potato gratin
Amuse: braised black pork cheek with mushrooms and potato gratin

 

Now the lobster which started with lobster salad – the lobster was moist, tender and sweet. The salad had many components but all were good and some great.

Lobster salad with pumpkin, vanilla and curry emulsion
Lobster salad with pumpkin, vanilla, olive and curry emulsion
as plated
as plated
Frankie found a claw
Frankie found a claw

 

In the soup course, the mussels were a stronger flavor than the lobster but the rich broth looked so like lobster bisque I expected it with each bite but instead got mussel soup. Don’t get me wrong though, I used the bread to make sure I got every bit of it.

start
start
pour
pour
finish: Mussel and lobster cream soup
finish: Mussel and lobster cream soup

 

The ravioli was one giant one at the bottom of the bowl and the truffles actually had taste which added to the rich sauce.

Lobster ravioli with black truffle
Lobster ravioli with black truffle

 

looking down at the entry from the upstairs bathroom
looking down at the entry from the upstairs bathroom
in upstairs bookcase
in upstairs bookcase
designation for ladies on the bathroom door!
designation for ladies on the bathroom door!
Frankie liked the giant sinks in the bathroom
Frankie liked the giant sinks in the bathroom
And lots of fresh towels for your hands
And lots of fresh towels for your hands
Frankie found a wild wood chair upstairs
Frankie found a wild wood chair upstairs

 

Again the roasted lobster was a winner but the risotto with it was amazing. A very small barley was used in this perfect dish.

Roasted lobster with barley risotto, sausage adn saffron emulsion
Roasted lobster with barley risotto, sausage and saffron emulsion
as plated
as plated
Frankie took on the head
Frankie took on the head
wine
wine

 

The cheese was a lovely slice of 3 cheeses with nice contrasts. They were accompanied by a dried apricot and a smear of pumpkin as well as specialty yummy breads.

Cheese selection
Cheese selection
Breads to go with cheese
Breads to go with cheese

 

The mango mousse was a tasty pre-dessert full of light tropical flavors.

Mango mousse with passion fruit sorbet
Mango mousse with passion fruit sorbet
as plated
as plated
inside
inside

 

The coconut dessert had an interior of custards and worked well with the ice cream.

Pineapple and coconut texture with pina colada ice cream
Pineapple and coconut texture with pina colada ice cream
inside
inside

 

The mignardises tray was probably my favorite with the chocolate and caramel being the best followed closely by the crisps. Start and finish strong are keys and this place did right on both counts.

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Mignardises: Raspberry tart, black chocolate with caramel and bit of salt, praline profiterole with custard, orange and almond crisps
Frankie's new friend, Federiko
Frankie’s new friend, Frederico
Juao, another fine waiter
Juao, another fine waiter
Sommelier Francisco also met Frankie
Sommelier Francisco also met Frankie. He is one of the eleven owners and thus the name!
Frankie played with her reflections
Frankie played with her reflections
Frankie wanted to stay with the wine
Frankie wanted to stay with the wine

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