The Algarve has just won another two Michelin stars, to reward the excellence of its restaurants. Newcomers to the list are Vista restaurant, by young chef João Oliveira, at the Hotel Bela Vista, in Praia da Rocha (Portimão), and Gusto by Heinz Beck, one of the restaurants in the Hotel Conrad Algarve, in Quinta do Lago (Loulé).
The two Algarve stars are the only novelties for the restaurant business in Portugal, as part of the presentation of the 2018 edition of the most famous and influential gastronomic guide in the world, which has just been announced in Tenerife, in the Canary Islands.
With these new awards, Portugal will add a total of 23 restaurants distinguished by Michelin, five of them with two stars and eight located in the Algarve. Vila Joya (Albufeira), by Dieter Koschina, and Hans Neuner's Ocean, Vila Vita (Lagoa), maintain their two stars, while the rest of the Algarve - Bon Bon, by chef Rui Silvestre in Carvoeiro, Henrique Leis , by Henrique Leis, and São Gabriel, by Leonel Pereira, both in Almancil, and Willie's by Willie Wurger in Vilamoura, continue to show their only star. To these, Vista and Gusto are now joined, both with a star.
João Oliveira, 30, is the chef at Vista, located on Praia da Rocha. Already since last year his first Michelin star was expected, thanks to his creative and consistent work, inspired by the Algarve region and the Mediterranean.
João Oliveira arrived at Vista in early 2015, to take up the position of Executive Chef, after having worked with some of the greatest references of the national gastronomy. For 13 years he was Sous-Chef by Ricardo Costa, at the Michelin-starred The Yeatman (Porto), and more recently, he passed Vila Joya, two Michelin stars.
According to the Público newspaper, Heinz Beck is already an old acquaintance of the Michelin guide, for more than a decade he has three stars in his restaurant in Rome, La Pergola at the Hotel Cavalieri, and one more star, this latest, at Londoner Apsley's at the Lanesborough Hotel. Just got another star with Gusto at Conrad Hotel.
Vila Joya / Dieter Koschina, Albufeira
Ocean / Hans Neuner, Alporchinhos
Belcanto / José Avillez, Lisboa
Il Gallo d’Oro / Benoit Sinthon, Funchal
The Yeatman / Ricardo Costa, Vila Nova de Gaia
Vista / João Oliveira, Portimão (NOVO)
Gusto by Heinz Beck / Heinz Beck, Almancil (NOVO)
Henrique Leis / Henrique Leis, Almancil
São Gabriel /Leonel Pereira, Almancil
Willie’s / Willie Wurger, Vilamoura
Bon Bon / Rui Silvestre, Carvoeiro
Alma / Henrique Sá Pessoa, Lisboa
Antiqvvm / Vitor Matos, Porto
Casa da Calçada / Tiago Bonito, Amarante
Casa de Chá da Boa Nova / Rui Paula, Leça da Palmeira
Eleven / Joachim Koerper, Lisboa
Feitoria / João Rodrigues, Lisboa
Fortaleza do Guincho / Miguel Rocha Vieira, Cascais
LAB by Sergi Arola, Penha Longa
L’And Vineyards / Miguel Laffan, Montemor-o-Novo
Loco / Alexandre Silva, Lisboa
Pedro Lemos / Pedro Lemos, Porto
William / Luís Pestana, Funchal