"I never dreamed I would be where I am today.
I made it here because I have a dedicated, passionate and enthusiastic team that stands out because of its drive to keep learning more and doing better."

 

THE STORY
Portuguese and a chef, José Avillez' main focus is to promote Portuguese gastronomy and to contribute to making Portugal a top gastronomic destination. He's considered one of the great references of gastronomy in Portugal and has stood out because of his enterprising spirit and of his drive to keep pushing further.

His immense curiosity, his love for travelling and the constant drive to experiment and learn have contributed a great deal to his creativity and evolution, but the great source of inspiration is Portuguese cuisine. He defines himself as a chef who's passionate for cuisine and for his country and who embraces innovation and creativity without ever forgetting tradition, quality, authenticity and the worth of work.

José Avillez grew up near the ocean and a pine forest, in Cascais - this influenced his work quite a lot. He studied Business Communication in College, had private study lessons with the key author on traditional Portuguese gastronomy, Maria de Lourdes Modesto, and did many professional internships in several different restaurants in Portugal and abroad, such as El Bulli by Ferran Adrià, who transformed his concept of cuisine.

In 2008 he took on the role of executive chef in the emblematic restaurant Tavares, in Lisbon, the place where he'd later win his first Michelin star (2009). In 2011 he decided to open his own restaurants and today he has several restaurants in Lisbon and Porto, each with a different concept, but all expressing his passion for cuisine.

José Avillez has many dozens of enthusiastic collaborators who assist the restaurants' operation and help him develop his different projects, including his TV shows, books and signature wines.

Currently, what is it that excites and drives you forward?

"The moments of creativity, because it's when I feel the most pleasure and emotion in my life. My team, who helps me fulfil my dream - everyday I'm thankful to the people who work with me. Then there's the emotional commitment, having the chance to give... and in the kitchen, we give! Life is a journey and the important thing is to give and leave more than we take."

 

THE RESTAURANTS

− At Belcanto — distinguished with two Michelin stars and considered one of the 100 best restaurants in the world by the prestigious “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List” — José Avillez offers a revisited Portuguese cuisine in a sophisticated atmosphere that evokes the old romantic feel of Chiado. This is the style that truly defines him and expresses his creative evolution. Opened in January 2012.

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Beco – Cabaret Gourmet is a secret place in Bairro do Avillez, where haute-cuisine meets show business in an immersive and memorable experience. In this bohemian and sophisticated restaurant and bar inspired by the 1920’s and 1950’s clubs, the tasting menu is never revealed beforehand. Opened in March 2017.

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− The most spectacular Páteo in town, where seafood and fish are king, at the ample and surprising Bairro do Avillez, a neighbourhood that gathers different, yet complementary gastronomic concepts, inspired by the best Portuguese flavours, signed by chef José Avillez. Opened in August 2016.

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− Lisbon’s most atypical Taberna (tavern) offers good Portuguese flavours with a touch of creativity in a very laidback atmosphere. Open every day, noon to midnight, at Bairro do Avillez. By Taberna's entrance you’ll find an irresistible Mercearia (gourmet deli) where you can buy delicacies. Opened in August 2016.

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Mini Bar, in Lisbon and Porto, is José Avillez’ gourmet bar that offers a new entertainment concept and small, varied and flavourful gastronomic experiences, along with wonder and fun. This is not a traditional restaurant. Here, nothing is what it seems. Opened in September 2014 in Lisbon and in July 2018 in Porto.

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Cantinho do Avillez offers a good Portuguese-inspired cuisine, influenced by the chef’s travels, in a very comfortable atmosphere. You can find it in the city of Lisbon, in the neighbourhoods of Chiado and Parque das Nações, and also in the city of Porto. In Lisbon, in Chiado, it opened in September 2011; in Parque das Nações, it opened in May 2018; in Porto, it opened in September 2014.

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Café Lisboa was created with the purpose of bringing new life to São Carlos square. Café Lisboa is part of São Carlos National Theatre and has a wonderful terrace where you can have an espresso or a snack, eat lunch or dinner, or simply enjoy a drink, seven days a week. Opened in September 2013.

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Cantina Zé Avillez serves the most traditional Portuguese flavours to two ample and bright rooms and to a terrace with a view to a garden drenched in Tagus’ breeze. Opened in March 2018.

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Cantina Peruana, with Pisco Bar Lisboa, offers a contemporary Peruvian cuisine signed by Peruvian chef Diego Muñoz, in the casual and bohemian atmosphere of the typical cantinas of Lima, in a partnership with José Avillez Group. Opened in Bairro do Avillez in June 2017 and in September 2018 it relocated to Rua de São Paulo.

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− In Za'atar you'll find traditional Lebanese cuisine with a touch of modernity, signed by Lebanese chef Joe Barza, in a partnership with José Avillez Group. Opened in September 2018.

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Pizzaria Lisboa is an old dream come true. José Avillez dreamed of opening a pizzeria ever since he was a young boy... Maybe because he was fascinated by the way pizza has travelled the world, maybe because he loves the fun, family-friendly atmosphere of pizzerias, or maybe because he loves a new challenge. Or, quite probably, for all of these reasons. Opened in March 2013.

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− Accepting El Corte Inglés Lisboa’s challenge, he developed three different concepts for the Gourmet Experience: Tasca Chic, a sophisticated and contemporary restaurant of Portuguese traditional flavours, Jacaré, a vegetarian carnivore, and Barra Cascabel, a place with the best Mexican flavours that’s the result of a partnership with chef Roberto Ruiz. Opened in December 2017.

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Pitaria, a laid-back and informal place by José Avillez Group, with flavours inspired in Middle Eastern cuisine, served on pita bread. Opened in January 2018.

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OTHER PROJECTS
Together with José Bento dos Santos and the Quinta do Monte D'Oiro vineyard, José Avillez produced the JA wines with his signature: JA Red, JA White and JA Rosé;
José Avillez has also contributed to countless Portuguese and foreign books and authored "Um Chef em Sua Casa" (which translates as "A Chef in Your Home"), "Petiscar com Estilo" ("Snacking in Style"), "Cantinho do Avillez – As Receitas" ("Cantinho do Avillez – The Recipes") and "Combinações Improváveis" ("Improbabilicious"). José Avillez has also authored and hosted TV and radio shows.

 

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