Famous Portuguese chef Jose Avillez is loved in Lisbon with two Michelin stars and a big name in the city for experimental cooking. Mini bar is his more affordable restaurant – located in an old 19th century theatre on one of Bairro Alto’s side streets. Expect ‘mini’ plates and inventive dishes. As our waiter said ‘nothing is how it seems’. While it’s quite dark inside, the stylish decor is very sixties and there’s a very good vibe. My favourite dish was the prawn ceviche on a wedge of lime and the tuna roll. Worth booking as even on a Sunday night it was nearly completely fully booked. Sublime, and certainly an experience to remember.
I’d also highly recommend some of Avillez’ other Lisbon restaurants: Cantinho do Avillez (full when we tried to go), Cafe Lisboa and Pizzeria Lisboa.
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