The interior of the restaurant is beautiful, very modern & spacious with vaulted ceilings & with an abundance of staff.
The menu is split up in bite-sized, not really shareable items (each around 3-5€), then small plates at various prices – all of which are amazingly reasonable for a 1-star Michelin.
They start you off with The Best Bread Of My Life served with olive oil I barely tried bc it comes with WHIPPED, SEASONED LARD. Holy shitballz I could’ve made a meal of that alone!
We then ordered two each of the golden amberjack, oyster & shiso (the seafood wrapped in the leaf) and the sardine, guanciale, parsley on bread. OMG. The shiso wrap was a beautiful morsel of food, and the sardine bread revelatory.
We only got one order of the “Minhota” beef tartare, shiitake & grilled cabbage, and the smoked quail egg, marron & cured loin. Good decision. The tartare was very bland, or at least completely overwhelmed by the shiitake flavor, and the smoked yolk just sat on the plate on top of a drop of sauce and covered with what looked like a slice of spicy salami. Meh. Weakest dishes of the night.
Our ‘mains’ were Iberico pork presa on turnips and turnip tops, and yellowfin tuna belly with seaweed rice and spider crab emulsion. The pork was cooked perfectly MR, but was a bit tougher than I’d expect from the pork equivalent of Wagyu. The tuna belly dish was incredible. A plate of ocean that the two British ladies behind us didn’t like, sent back, and didn’t want to pay for. Ok, Karen. That’s not how that works
We were pretty stuffed by then (since I couldn’t stop slathering lardo on the bread), but knew we had to order the highly touted mushroom ice cream. It comes with caramel sauce (lots of it) & pearl barley, the latter of which added absolutely nothing besides the texture of horse feed. The ice cream itself was wonderful – and why wouldn’t it work? Mushrooms and cream are a match made in heaven. We shared a bottle of organic Vinho Verde we didn’t quite enjoy as much as the 1.99€ bottles at the minipreço we keep getting hahaha, a glass each of Nebbiolo for our final dish, and porto as a digestif.
The bill came to only 139.90€ for everything. A steal. The only thing that left a bit of a bad taste was that the bill said “service not included” – a trick I’ve seen German restaurants pull off when printing the CC receipt for foreigners, i.e. US tourists, presumably hoping for the stateside standard of at least 20%. Uh, no. Service is ALWAYS included, certainly at Michelin places, and generally not expected.
But all in all it was a wonderful experience.